Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider recently covered Soundgarden’s classic “Outshined” in honor of Chris Cornell. Watch below!
Speaking about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s spelled the end of most “hair metal” bands, including Twisted Sister, Snider said in a 2015 Breakfast Television interview: “Grunge rock was, like, the cure for ‘hair metal.’ One day I woke up and I said, ‘What do you mean we’re not doing that anymore?’ I dedicated my life to one form of music, one style of performing, and no one cared. So I actually lost everything — all the millions I made, I lost everything. I woke up one day with three kids, married and broke, and I had to start all over. But I’m doing great now.”
According to Dee, he managed to reinvent himself through many years of hard-learned trial-and-error experience. He said: “Really, it’s a matter of just not selling yourself short, and believing in yourself enough to know to say, ‘Hey, I’m not a one-note horn.’ People wanted to write me off in the ’80s and say, ‘Okay, yeah, you did that, makeup guy and crazy hair. We’re done with you.’ And I’m going, ‘I’m not dead yet.’ And I started doing voiceover work, and I started doing radio, and I started writing screenplays, and I started trying acting. I didn’t say it was easy — I had to learn these crafts — but you have to have some belief and faith in yourself and pick yourself up and keep trying.”