TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider donned his classic outfit from 1984's "Stay Hungry" album to bring attention to the devastation deadly wildfires across Australia have caused, saying people in the country are "going through literal hell right now."
Snider took to Instagram to spread his message, saying in a video: "Hey, everybody. It's me, Dee Snider from TWISTED SISTER. Obviously, you should know that, because I have gotten dressed in full 1984 official, original, O.G. TWISTED SISTER 'Stay Hungry' regalia just to bring attention to what is going on in Australia. Australia has always been an incredible country for me and TWISTED SISTER — amazing people there, great people there, and they're going through literal hell right now. We all need to send hope, love, prayers and any kind of help we can. There are plenty of places online that you can go if you wanna help. People are dying, animals are dying, forests are being destroyed — millions and millions of acres.'
He continued: "So, from me to you, this is my song the way it should be sung. Others have sang it incorrectly. This is for you. All you Australians out there, join in one voice and sing with me. [Singing] 'We're not gonna take it, Mother Nature. No, we ain't gonna take it. Louder! We're not gonna take it anymore.' Keep singing. Keep fighting."
Other musicians have donated money to bushfire relief, including METALLICA, which has pledged more than $500,000, Elton John, who has pledged $1 million, and Kylie Minogue, who has pledged $500,000.
As previously reported, the case involving Australian politician Clive Palmer and TWISTED SISTER's classic song "We're Not Gonna Take It" will go to trial in October and is slated to run for up to five days. Snider is expected to give evidence in court.
Palmer adopted the melody and rhythm of "We're Not Gonna Take It" in his political advertisements for the United Australia Party. The advertisements feature a vocalist singing the TWISTED SISTER song's melody along with the lyrics: "Australia ain't gonna cop it, no Australia's not gonna cop it, Aussies not gonna cop it any more."
In TWISTED SISTER's original, Snider sings: "Oh we're not gonna take it, no we ain't gonna take it, oh we're not gonna take it anymore."
Universal Music, which acquired publishing rights to "We're Not Gonna Take It" from Snider in 2015, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Palmer in February 2019.
TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.
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What’s happening in fire ravaged Australia is a worldwide crisis. We need to stand up and shout WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT! Send your love, prayers, hope and donations to the many charities set up online to help! #australiawildlife
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