Dee Snider, the lead singer of TWISTED SISTER, talks about the great tragedy of the music world and The BEATLES, the assassination of John Lennon.
Dee Snider, the actual name Daniel Snider, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor born in 1955. Dee became very popular when he joined the TWISTED SISTER band in the early 1980s and was ranked among the top 100 metal vocalists of all time.
Jay Jay asked: “I want to bring you back a little bit – the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s assassination.”
As you know, John Lennon was assassinated and killed by a “fan” of The BEATLES in 1980. This sad news affected the entire music world and ended the young star’s career at a younger age.
About 20 years ago, Dee was sharing an apartment with Suzette, his brother Matt, Matt’s girlfriend, and many dogs. He said they were just sitting at home and suddenly saw that tragic news on TV.
He said that he was shocked when he heard the news and that it was a big surprise for him.
“Someone must have called me, maybe even you, that afternoon – I just remember that I was devastated.”
He added: “It’s a big surprise. I mean, not that he didn’t mean that much, but the last time I did it was he was influenced by an existentialist, so to speak, he was Kennedy when he was a third-grade kid.”
He says he started crying after hearing the news and didn’t remember what happened.
“I remember crying about it. I remember little John saluting like a little soldier, and here is this person who looked big in my life, of course, and I was feeling a loss. I think we went.”