In the Artisan News clip below, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider reveals how Lemmy Kilmister from MOTÖRHEAD played a crucial role in helping TWISTED SISTER break through in the U.K.

Snider recalls how, in July 1982, TWISTED SISTER was offered the "special guest" slot on a bill at a heavy metal festival headlined by MOTÖRHEAD at a soccer stadium in Wrexham, North Wales.

Making the situation even more daunting, "makeup-wearing bands were not only nonexistent but completely unacceptable to English metal fans," according to Dee.

Kilmister saved the day by offering to introduce TWISTED SISTER to the MOTÖRHEAD audience.

"Lemmy made it cool to like TWISTED," Dee later said. "At Wrexham, MOTÖRHEAD's crowd had their bottles ready for us. We were shitting our pants, so for the headliner to bring on the opening act was just the coolest thing possible. I'll love him forever for that."

In his autobiography, "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic", Snider wrote about the incident: "I am still not sure why Lemmy showed us this kindness. It's probably just the way he is wired and one of the reasons he is so beloved. He may be a pirate, but he's a benevolent pirate."


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