Dee Snider, the guy who declared "I Wanna Rock" more than 30 years ago with Twisted Sister, now says he doesn't want to anymore - at least not the way he has for nearly 40 years.
"Twisted has announced its end, and I've announced mine as well," Snider tells Billboard. Nevertheless, he has released a new song, "To Hell and Back", for free at on his website, which we're premiering below. "I don't want to continue performing - certainly not in this oldies fashion and certainly not doing 90-minute and two-hour shows. Jagger does it and Tyler does it - God bless 'em and God love 'em. That's the path they want to be on. Me, I've been evolving into radio (the syndicated House of Hair). I've been on Broadway. I've written a musical now (Dee Snider's Rock 'n' Roll Christmas). I'm doing a sequel to my movie (Strangeland). I want to go other places. I never intended to be 60 and be on stage rocking, but here I am. But I don't plan on doing it forever."
That said, Snider may also be making moves towards becoming...a pop star. In addition to new rock songs that Snider has recorded with his band (primarily written with guitarist Nick Perri, formerly of Silvertide), he's also been working on material with Damon Ranger, a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy Award-winner whose credits include Katy Perry's "Roar," working with Kanye West, and the score for Life of Pi. Snider has recorded four songs with Ranger and his team, including members of P!nk's band, in Chicago, which are currently being shopped and may send his career on a fresh arc, if all goes according to plan.