It's like deja vu for Dee Snider when he fronts Twisted Sister these days.
"It feels like it did after I graduated high school with this band," Snider said while calling from his Long Island home.
That's because Snider, 55, and his bandmates play only about 25 dates a year, a number more akin to their youthful days just starting out than the heyday when they toured around the world with such hits as "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It."
"The band is for fun, just like it was when we started out," Snider said. "Then things became serious. We had our pair of hits. We toured and had a good time but it was never like it was back when we started, well, until now.
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"We love seeing each other. We were just playing in front of 25,000 fans in Germany. After the show we were messing around like we were kids again. We're all in our 50s and I'm a grandfather now but we were just goofing around until it was time to go and I told the guys, 'Hey, see you in Wichita.' "
Twisted Sister will perform Saturday at the Midwest Rockfest at Lake Afton.
"We'll be ready to rock as always," Snider said. "It'll be a good time. The band might be a part-time thing for me now but we all still go all out."
Snider hosts a syndicated metal radio show aptly dubbed "House of Hair," since his mane has always been prominent and unmistakable. Snider was also a visible part of the '80s hair-metal scene.
"Growing Up Twisted," Snider's forthcoming reality show that debuts Tuesday on A&E, is filling most of his time.
The show will chronicle the life of the wacky yet cerebral rocker, his wife, Suzette, and his four children, who range in age from 13 to 27.
"It's been cool since my kids are used to having cameras on us," Snider said. "It's not a shock. It's not different for them."
What's different for reality television viewers is that Snider and his family actually exist in a loving atmosphere. Their affection during the first two episodes seems genuine.
"What you see with us is real, which might not be the norm in the world of reality television," Snider said. "We have fun and we don't care what people think. During the '90s, I remember talking with (syndicated radio host) Howard Stern about our trip to the mall and he said, 'You guys crack me up. You guys remind me of "The Munsters." You don't think that you're different than everyone else but you are.' We're honest and we have fun. That's what we're about as a family."
Fun is a fitting adjective for Twisted Sister, which had a pretty high profile during the carefree, party-hearty days of the '80s.
"We were the prototypical band from that time," Snider said. "That era was the last era when you had larger-than-life bands. We were going to have fun no matter what you thought. If you had a problem with it, too bad, we're going to have a good time. I have that same attitude with the television show. Why not have a good time? It works for me."