The Death of Kevin Dubrow

ImageKevin Dubrow is dead. This hits pretty damn hard. Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister had a lot of respect for each other. The basis for this came from the fact that both Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister formed in 1973--long before the rebirth of heavy metal or "hair metal," as it came to be known, in the 80's. When Quiet Riot (on the West Coast) and Twisted Sister (on the East Coast) were formed, it was an outgrowth of the glam rock movement of the early 70's and both our bands fought the good fight against the onslaught that was disco (ugh!). When most other bands gave up or switched allegiances to what was more commercially viable at the time, both of our bands refused to bend--or break for that matter--and carried the torch for heavy rock through the dark days of the mid to late 70's.

As a result, Quiet Riot were not only at the forefront to the LA metal scene, they were the inspiration for many other bands who went on to find fame and fortune. If you were to look back at old issues of LA music papers, you'd see every band who ever became anything out of LA opening for Quiet Riot. And it was Kevin Dubrow and Quiet Riot's perseverance and refusal to take no for an answer that literally destroyed the barriers of the record industry, television and commercial radio and opened the door for all metal bands to follow into the promised land. And we all know the glory days of metal that followed. Thank you Kevin.

And because Twisted Sister was doing, and had done the same thing for the music scene on the East Coast, our two bands have always shared a mutual respect for one another. We know that none of the other bands (with the possible exception of Y&T who were doing pretty much the same thing in Northern California) had been through the shit that we'd been through. We had earned our battle scars and our right to stand on those coliseum stages...while we felt many others had not.

It's because of this connection, that the passing of Kevin Dubrow hits us particularly hard. You've all heard the saying, "There by the grace of God go I." Well, it's never been truer than now.

The metal community has lost a powerful voice and a great front man, but let it never be said that Kevin Dubrow did not leave his mark. You kicked our asses Kevin, you really did.

Dee Snider - Twisted Sister

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Bike Raffle - March of Dimes

Dee Snider's Bikers for Babies Raffle to benefit the March of Dimes
 
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Chance to win a Diamond Jaguar Custom Chopper donated by Andrew & Sons Landscaping of Staten Island
 
$20 each - 6 for $100
 
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Founded in 1938, the march of Dimes funds programs of community service, advocacy, education and research and, in 2003, launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.  One in eight babies born in the United States is born premature.  Some so tiny, they can't even cry.  if they could it would be for your help.  Please help the March of Dimes ensure that all babies are born full-term and healthy.
 
For more information and to purchase a raffle ticket, contact Susan Kornick at (516) 496-8198 or via email at skornick@marchofdimes.com

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ATTENTION STRANGELAND FANS !!!

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I know we're all waiting ravenously for the long rumored sequel to the original film, but if you need something to read while you wait, check out this four issue comic book mini-series from FANGORIA COMICS!

DEE SNIDER'S STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS

A bloodier and even more brutal comic book prequel to the Dee Snider's cult classic film STRANGELAND. SEVEN SINS is a 4 issue "Horror Vengeance" title from FANGORIA COMICS that tells the terrifying tale of how Carleton Hendricks becomes the merciless Captain Howdy, and the sadistic path of revenge he takes against the seven individuals responsible. It's written by Dee's son Jesse Blaze, drawn by artist Stephen Mooney and totally 100% SMF and DEE SNIDER APPROVED!

Issue 1- August 29, 2007
Issue 2- September 26, 2007
Issue 3- October 24, 2007
Issue 4- November 21, 2007

Four issue monthly mini-series, 32pgs, FC, $3.99 US, $5.50 Canadian

Don't miss an issue! Subscribe online and save 40% off the cover price!

And if you're a horror fan, go check out some of the other excellent releases from FANGORIA COMICS.

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