The New York Post reports that TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider joined three Jewish rockers — MOUNTAIN's Leslie West, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and SISTER bandmate JJ French — for VH1 Classic's "Matzo and Metal: A Very Classic Passover", which airs April 24, the second night of Passover. West leads the service, reading from the Haggadah's ritual text. ("Haggadah? What's Haggadah with you?" jokes Snider.)
As a metalhead, Snider particularly enjoyed hearing about the 10 plagues: "I got all excited going through the boils . . . I thought we were gonna start smearing lamb's blood around."
Passover celebrates the trials and triumphs of Jews enslaved in ancient Egypt; the musicians discuss their own trials and tribulations as artists.
Asked to recall one, Snider says, "Well, I was never a slave. Yes, I was. I was signed to Atlantic Records!"
Snider also learned that tattoos are taboo for Jews: "You can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you're tattooed."
Would his anthem-like "We're Not Gonna Take It" have helped Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt sooner?
"The problem with 'We're Not Gonna Take It' is, it comes from me singing in the church choir 'til I was 19," he says. "It bears a remarkable resemblance to 'O Come, All Ye Faithful'."
"So I think Moses would have gone, 'Wait a minute. That's a goyish tune. We can't sing that!'"