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Twisted Sister Kicks Off Reunion With USO Stint

1980's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour and select U.S. and European dates over the summer. On behalf of the USO, the band will perform at one Air Force base a

1980's pop metal act Twisted Sister will reunite next month for a brief USO tour and select U.S. and European dates over the summer. On behalf of the USO, the band will perform at one Air Force base and two Army bases in South Korea (May 3, Kunsan Air Base; May 4, Camp Walker; and May 5, Camp Casey).

"It's funny that back in 1985 we had to go before Congress and defend our music against censorship and now we're ambassadors for the Defense Department," guitarist Jay Jay French quipped in a statement.

Full tour details are expected next week. On the European front, already confirmed are June festival performances in Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany, and an as-yet-unannounced late-August festival in Spain. In the U.S., the group has July shows lined up in Jackson, N.J., Milwaukee, and at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis., which will also feature appearances by Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, Boston, Heart, and Sammy Hagar, among others.

The band -- rounded out by lead singer Dee Snider, guitarist Eddie Ojeda, bassist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza, and drummer A.J. Pero -- is planning to release a DVD in the fall including performances from the summer tour mixed with archival footage of the band. At this time, the band says it has no plans to release a new studio album, despite overtures from several labels.

After disbanding in 1987, Twisted Sister reunited in November 2001 for the NY Steel benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Earlier this month, the band played a trio of shows in New York as tour warm-ups, and will perform Sunday (April 27) in Danbury, Conn.

"We had a great time at those first couple of shows. It's extremely exciting to be performing together again," Mendoza added. "We're getting along fine. The music is what matters. The one thing that kept us going was the music, even when things got bad among us personally before we broke up."

Here are Twisted Sister's confirmed tour dates:

May 3: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
May 4: Camp Walker, South Korea
May 5: Camp Casey, South Korea
June 8: Solvesborg, Sweden (Sweden Rock Festival)
June 27: Pratteln, Switzerland (Z7)
June 28: Balingen, Germany (Bang Your Head Festival)
July 5: Jackson, N.J. (Six Flags Great Adventure)
July 18: Cadott, Wis. (Rock Fest)
July 19: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
Aug. 29: Spain (city/venue TBA)