TWISTED SISTER (minus vocalist Dee Snider), STRYPER and COLLECTIVE SOUL will perform at New York Stock Exchange's 86th Christmas tree lighting beneath the NYSE façade (Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place) in New York City on Thursday, December 10, 2009 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
The NYSE's tree lighting, a custom since 1923, is believed to be the city's oldest.
Headliners TWISTED SISTER will perform with Constantine Maroulis, Kerry Butler and James Carpinello from the cast of the Tony-nominated smash hit musical comedy "Rock of Ages". Dee Snider is NOT performing — he has prior commitment and the band decided to do this with their "Rock of Ages" buddies.
Each group is going to perform two holiday songs and one song of theirs AND in the spirit of this event, all groups are also offering a free download from Thursday, December 3 through December 13 on their respective web sites.
This year's tree is a 65-foot high, 34-foot wide Norway Spruce from New York City, New York. Situated in front of the NYSE façade, the tree is decorated with 10,000 lights in assorted colors at seven watts per bulb, 250 multi-colored balls with the NYSE Euronext logo and a six-foot star on top, all supported on a 8 x 10' base fashioned as a gift box.
TWISTED SISTER's new video, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", from the band's "Twisted Christmas" CD, is comprised of previous holiday show footage, directed by Nada Ray.
TWISTED SISTER will bring its now-legendary stage show, "Twisted Sister: A Twisted Christmas", to the following cities in December:
Dec. 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
Dec. 06 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
Dec. 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hilton
Dec. 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hilton
Dec. 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hilton
With set and stage designs created with the help of Kevin O'Callaghan, Chair of 3D Design at New York's legendary School of Visual Arts, "Twisted Sister: A Twisted Christmas" is a mind-boggling, theatrical spectacle designed to kick off the holiday season with a memorable assault of lights, sound and staging, filled with holiday thrills to delight one and all.
Tickets for TWISTED SISTER's "Twisted Christmas: Holiday Extravaganza" are available online, at the theatres' box office or on the phone. Please visit TwistedSister.com and click on the date(s) you are interested in.
STRYPER's first concept video since 1991, "Alive", from their "Murder By Pride" CD, will premier December 14. The clip was was shot in Dallas, Texas with director Michael Sarna (MEGADETH, ORGY, ANTHRAX, FEAR FACTORY, CANDLEBOX).
"Rock Of Ages" is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers JOURNEY, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, TWISTED SISTER, FOREIGNER, PAT BENATAR, WHITESNAKE, and many more. Written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine, the show stars Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis, Tony nominee Kerry Butler and James Carpinello. The five-time Tony Award-nominated show is currently playing at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway.