Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has revealed how composing a Celine Dion Christmas song netted him enough money to buy his current home.
Speaking to pro wrestler Chris Jericho on his Talk is Jericho podcast – as reported by Ultimate Classic Rock – Snider recalled the story of producer Ric Wake contacting him to ask if Dion could perform a version the song, which the metal musician originally wrote as a private gift to his wife.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Does she know who wrote it?'” said Snider. “He said, ‘I didn’t tell her yet.’ And I said, ‘Do not tell her Satan wrote a Christmas song!’ He said, ‘Seriously?’ I said, ‘Seriously, dude. Just put it on the frigging album.'”
The track was later titled “The Magic of Christmas Day”, something that didn’t bother the 59-year-old. “I don’t care if she calls it ‘This Song Is A Pile of Dog Shit’. Just put it on her album!” said Snider. “Eight million copies later, then it was Rosie O’Donnell’s Christmas album and sold another two million. We call our house the House that St Celine built!”
Snider will release a new career-spanning compilation this March to mark his 60th birthday. Titled “Rock and Roll Ain’t Dead – Dee Snider Essentials 1983-2015”, the LP will feature music from all of Snider’s various projects, including Twisted Sister, Widowmaker, Desperado, Van Helsing’s Curse and Dee Does Broadway.
The singer can currently be seen in his show ‘Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale’, a stage musical playing in Chicago that tells the story of a metal band who sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success.