By now you are probably aware of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Last month, the Twisted Sister frontman provided his approval for the Ukrainian people to use the band’s hit song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as a “battle cry.” Then earlier this month, Snider reached out on social media calling upon the “citizens of the free world” to help Ukraine. In that social media post, Snider brought up World United Live; Snider said that World United Live is not only looking to set up an international live streaming concert event, but they’re looking to get the message, the word to the Russian people who have been cut off from the rest of the world.
Today, in support of World United Live’s initiatives and the people of Ukraine, Dee Snider released a brand new, re-worked music video for his Leave A Scar track “Stand,” specially renamed “Stand (with Ukraine).” You can view the music video by clicking this link here.
Regarding his approval of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and his work involving World United Live, the Twisted Sister frontman shares the following:
“About a month ago, someone on social media told me people in Ukraine were using Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as a battle cry and asked if I was cool with it. Of course I was. My response elicited someone asking me why I was okay with Ukrainians using my song and not some other groups. I won’t repeat my exact response (it was a bit political), but that tweet went internationally viral. Every news agency in the world suddenly wanted to talk to me.
“At that very moment, some great people (who were all friends of mine) were hatching the idea for World United Live and asked me if I would spearhead the organization. How could I say no? Since then, we have been beating the drum for the free world to come together, not only in support of Ukraine and condemnation of Putin, but in sending a message to the Russian people that they are misinformed and not being told the truth. Now, with the help of the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others, we are doing just that!
“About a week ago, it hit me that the song ‘Stand’ from my last Napalm Records album, Leave a Scar, fit the crisis in Ukraine perfectly… but I had already released a video for ‘Stand’ recently. Yet I just couldn’t get around how well the lyrics resonated with Putin’s attack on these innocent people. Ukraine was the furthest thing from my mind when I wrote the words for that song, yet it was like I had done just that. So, I had a couple of incredibly talented people (Scott Pitek and Steve Sage Goldberg) cut together a new video using some live concert footage and news clips. The result is devastating. Please watch and share ‘Stand (With Ukraine)’ and join us at www.worldunited.live. Help save the world. Together we can.”
Leave A Scar is latest record from Dee Snider.
Words by: Michael Pementel