Twisted Sister offers straight talk on eye disease
On the list of things Twisted Sister is not going to take anymore, guitarist Jay Jay French is adding uveitis.
Uveitis is an inflammation of the eye that typically causes blindness in girls between the ages of 4 and 6. The band's concert this Friday is meant to raise awareness about the disease.
That's not all. On May 1, French's Pinkburst Project is holding an auction of official custom guitars and amps. Through the project, he convinced competing companies to create pink guitars and amps (including one resembling his own Les Paul guitar).
Proceeds from both the auction and concert will benefit the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation.
amNewYork spoke with French about the show.
What inspired the Pinkburst Project? My 17-year-old daughter has uveitis. It's so under the radar, people don't know it, so I wanted to do something to bring treatment money and awareness. [...] You look at your child and you see the pain, the conflict, the physical and mental anguish the child goes through and you as the parents go through. [...]It breaks your heart.
Which is your favorite Pinkburst guitar? My guitar - my Les Paul - because it's the one that everything else got compared to. It's my own stage guitar, so for me it's the most sentimental.
Why is Twisted Sister still so popular today? It took a little while for time to go by and people to forget and then become nostalgic again, and now we find ourselves with these two songs ["I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It"], which are worldwide anthems.
Will Twisted Sister have a new album? Our fans want to hear the 18 songs we play. You go, "This one's from our new album," and everyone goes for a drink or goes to the bathroom.
What advice would you give to newer bands? If you believe in yourself, then you've got to give it a shot. The practical matter is, study the business model.
If you go: Twisted Sister is playing with Antigone Rising at Best Buy Theater on Friday at 8 p.m. 1515 Broadway, 212-930-1950, $45