Dee Snider tells a fantastic anecdote about seeing Queen live before they became famous.
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, who was a pre-fame fan of FREDDIE MERCURY’s Queen, has shared a funny story about raising a commotion at an early show that drew Brian May’s attention.
Queen was the opening act for Mott the Hoople before they became famous. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon released their self-titled debut album in 1973, which drew the notice of Dee Snider, a future rock star. Twisted Sister’s singer, speaking exclusively to This website, recalled hearing the song Liar on the radio and being instantly fascinated.
“When Liar came on, I was like, ‘Who the f*** is this?’” Dee explained.
‘From then on, I was a Queen fan…from the beginning.’
“I discovered their first record and remember seeing them open for Mott the Hoople in New York,” Dee says. But it was so early in Freddie Mercury’s and the band’s careers that Dee was the only one cheering them on.
“I was the only one in the entire theatre, not just cheering, I was in the balcony standing in my platform shoes with my big afro, screaming my lungs out,” the 66-year-old recalled. Want to hear your favorite singers and the latest songs? To listen to limitless music on Amazon Music, sign up for a free 30-day trial at this link.
Dee claimed he screamed so loudly that his pals were humiliated by all the unwanted attention.
“When you’re not appreciated as a band, one fan is worse than none because it’s kind of embarrassing to only have one fan!” stated the Twisted Sister singer.
“I recall Brian May peeking up to see what was going on in the balcony at one point.
“I was that one nut who was losing his mind!” I recognized their worth, but the others did not! “I told Brian the story, and he laughed heartily at the thought of Dee Snider in the balcony screaming his lungs out at Queen,” Dee said. The Twisted Sister singer was promoting his new heavy metal solo album Leave a Scar.
“I’m privileged to have made some choices in my life in staying away from drugs, alcohol, and cigarette smoking,” the 66-year-old said when asked how he keeps his voice.