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Review: Twisted Sister - Live At Wacken: The Reunion
Twisted Sister
Live At Wacken: The Reunion

Label: Eagle Vision Music
Year released: 2005
Duration: 105 min.

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 25, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Live At Wacken: The Reunion

Rated 3.11/5 (62.22%) (9 Votes)

16 years after their breakup, Twisted Sister were headlining the Wacken Open Air 2003 festival. The DVD portion shows the band playing 14 songs at Wacken. The first thing that struck me was seeing them back in their… "uniform" - that is with some makeup and costumes. I had seen some footage of club shows the band had played in the couple of years before that and they were usually wearing things like jeans and t-shirts. Twisted Sister aren't yet another band of old timers that can give the kids a run for their money. Despite rounder shapes than in their heydays (except for Dee Snider who is still in amazing shape), the guys put on quite an energetic show although not as crazy as what I saw in footage from 20 years back - but close enough. The crowd is quite into it, and the few crowd shots show both older and much younger metalheads singing along, proof positive that Twisted Sister left some timeless material in the metal world. The sound is a bit uneven at times, especially there are times where the vocals are not loud enough and it's difficult to hear the lyrics. I guess those must have been some minor technical problems because for most of the show, there is no such problem. Great performance, and when some songs such as "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" are extended to permit crowd participation, people there just go nuts. Must have been a fun night.

There are several short interviews on the DVD and, unfortunaly, rather than put them all in a dedicated section, they dispersed them in between the songs (see the track listing below.) The result is that you don't really get a chance to get into the atmosphere of the show. Except for the end of the DVD with three songs in a row, you never get more than one or two songs before another interview pops up. Very bad idea. This would have been so much better with the concert on its own and the extras as… well, extras. The interviews are mostly interesting, albeit so short that they don't go in-depth much. Maybe a future DVD release will address this?

The DVD also contains a photo gallery from the New York Steel show, set up to raise money for the NYPD and NYFD after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Plus a short making of the "Still Hungry" album where you can see the choirs recording as well as an explanation for the re-recording of what is probably the band's most successful album.

The CD side contains live songs from 1980 and 1982, as well as some from the Wacken show. Nice addition, although there is one problem: This is a single disc with a CD side and a DVD side. The DVD side has some simple "artwork" on it and it causes problems with some DVD players - such as occasional skipping. Considering the fact that a jewel case can hold two CDs, and that CDs are so cheap, they should have released this as a double disc set with one DVD and one CD and prevent this problem.

So this release has some shortcomings, but it's still a lot of fun to watch - definitely recommended for fans of the band, old and new.

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