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To celebrate Record Release Day: DEE is performing a special acoustic concert in Chicago on Friday, October 28 at HVAC Pub (3530 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60657).
WE ARE THE ONES crackles
with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of “Rule the
World,” to the anthemic bonding of “So What” (complete with, yes, a
string section) to the intensely synth driven “Close to You,” to the
thematically soaring “Superhero” (a song tailor-made for running over
the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there
was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly
re-recorded acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which has also
been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy
efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. Recently performed in
Washington D.C. at the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, a video of the
song recently premiered on Entertainment Weekly’s website and can now be
viewed at Grammy.com/FairPlayFairPay.
For the first time ever, superstar magician Criss Angelis
joining forces with DEE to release a music video featuring the new
acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Directed by Angel, the
video aims to raise awareness of pediatric cancer by promoting HELP,
a one-night-only, star-studded event which took place on Monday,
September 12 at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to support pediatric
cancer research and treatment worldwide. The video sends a powerful
message to viewers as DEE belts out the iconic lyrics, while the mother
of a young girl—who is a cancer survivor—allows her head to be shaved in
solidarity with her daughter and in support of the fight all of these
children must endure. The video also features heart-wrenching footage of
Criss Angel’s son, Johnny Crisstopher, going through treatments after
being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2015.
Also featured on WE ARE THE ONES is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole.” “I always
thought it was a great song, a powerful song,” DEE explains, “I can’t
wait to do that one live. Like ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is iconic,
‘Head Like a Hole’ is iconic for that era.”
Twisted Sister effectively entering the rearview mirror, DEE now has
his sights dead-set on his new musical direction. “You can’t expect
others to embrace what you do if you don’t embrace it yourself,” he
admits. “I have to believe it first before I can expect anybody else to
believe it. When you’re creating a new record, you want to make a
statement, and you want to have music you can stand behind and feel
strongly about. So it was a little unnerving when I started heading down
this path. After Damon and I cut the first four tracks, I said, ‘Oh
yeah, there is a place for me here.’ This is music I feel excited about, and I also look forward to playing it live.”
this summer, DEE took part in the unveiling of the new Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power
And Politics,” which will remain on display in Cleveland during the 2016
Republican National Convention. To commemorate the new Hall of Fame
exhibit, DEE performed a new acoustic version of Twisted Sister’s
legendary song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” This moving new version of
DEE’s epic anthem is currently available on iTunes.
April 2016, DEE was called to Capitol Hill for the second time—the
first at the infamous 1985 Senate hearing instigated by Tipper Gore and
the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)--to speak on behalf of The
Recording Academy’s "Fair Play Fair Pay” initiative. On September 18,
DEE will be presenting his new music at Riot Fest at Douglas Park in
is unapologetically energized about where he’s going as an artist.
“Music inspires that genuine enthusiasm. I’m not anti the past — I’m
just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days.
To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days. And this new record is the part of my nextglory days.”
DEE will also be stopping by Reckless Records (Broadway location) for a
meet & greet/signing on Friday October 28 at 5pm. Purchase of his
new CDWe Are The Ones will be required for the signing & DEE will also sign 3 additional items. Photography will be permitted.
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