Greece's Rockoverdose.gr web site recently conducted an interview with TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Jay Jay French said in an interview last year that he's done touring with the band simply because they cannot break even on the road. French told AOL's Noisecreep, "It will never ever happen. I would just assume things would maybe happen, but we will never tour (again). I look at the mathematics of it every year, the mathematics makes no sense. None. Every year people ask me, every year I revisit the math. Every year it completely makes no sense to tour. It's just an incredibly money-losing proposition. I don't like losing money."
French explained that for any band touring has turned into a vicious Catch 22. "I know what these (other) bands make, I know their lifestyle, I know what they do," he said. "I can't function that way. I don't believe it's viable for them. I believe they (tour) because they really have no other options on this planet. And by going out on the road constantly, they devalue themselves because they're out there all the time."
He went on to say that that TWISTED SISTER who only performs sporadically and infrequently actually is protecting their brand by not working. "We work in a completely separate business model," he said. "If I don't play, guess what? My value increases, doesn't it? So the less I play, the more valuable I become. So I work completely opposite. I'll bet you I make more money playing 12 shows than most (other) bands make playing 50 shows."
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the landmark metal debut of 1982, "Under The Blade" by TWISTED SISTER, on May 31. The CD originally produced by Pete Way of UFO will also contain four tracks from their 1982 "Ruff Cuts" EP (never before available on CD) as well as "Shoot 'Em Down", an '82 live track from England's prestigious Reading Festival. The lavish package features the original "Under The Blade" cover, which has not appeared on any domestic versions of the album until now, and reflects the original Secret Records track list and remastered audio mix. The DVD contains the entire previously-unreleased Reading concert.