Getting run over by the Twisted Sister freight train

Solnahallen (Stockholm), 14 November 2007: A few minutes past nine in the evening, time froze, and it stayed frozen for over two hours. Witnesses report seeing five middle aged men enter the arena shortly before the time freeze. The same witnesses also report the arrival of several large trucks and trailers filled with serious stage equipment. The stories have not been confirmed, but all of the individuals reportedly had S.M.F. painted on their foreheads.

Twisted Sister hit the ground running, at 200 km/h, and then they increase from there until the end of the show. Unlike the situation with many other wanna-be high-energy outfits, you can actually make out rythm and vocals in the extremely loud sound levels that has become the signum of any good Twisted Sister show.

Pero’s drums and Medonza’s bass hits you straight in the chest, more or less preventing normal movement. Ojeda’s and French’s fast but very solid guitars mark the boundaries of almost every song, and Snider’s energy and vocals lock your focus and attention to the stage. You have no choice but to surrender. Snider is past 50, he rocks like someone barely past 25.

Jaws open, fists in the air, I’m an S.M.F.!

Yes, they’ve relased some lesser albums (Love is for suckers) and yes, they’ve now recorded a “Heavy Metal Christmas Album”, but after being reminded of why they call themselves Twisted Sister, I’m willing to forgive them for that, and more.

Whether or not the choice of a smaller arena like Solnahallen is due to fears that they wouldn’t be able to sell out a bigger place, I don’t know. But seeing Snider & Co in a tighter place brings memories back to his S.M.F. show at the Hard Rock Café in Stockholm a few years back. It gets really intense, really focused, and really really rockin’

Many clichés have been used by media and fans to describe the feeling experienced when standing in front of this band; “like being hit by a freight train”, “like standing behind a Boeing 747 at take-off”, etc. I’d like to add “They’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They personify energy.”

If this is the last show I get to see with Twisted, then I’m happy this was how it ended
If they come back to Stockholm, I’ll be there, “fer shure” 🙂

Thanks for an awesome evening guys!
/Yours truly, a seriously S.M.F.

ps. Jay Jay, I hope your daughter liked our birthday song ds.


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