Twisted Sister to stop touring

With only a handful of dates announced for this year, Twisted Sisters Jay Jay French has announced that the band will never tour again in an interview with Noisecreep.

“It will never ever happen. I would just assume things would maybe happen, but we will never tour [again]. I look at the mathematics of it every year, the mathematics makes no sense. None. Every year people ask me, every year I revisit the math. Every year it completely makes no sense to tour. It’s just an incredibly money-losing proposition. I don’t like losing money.”

There is the likelihood the band may still perform the odd show but it does appear that European dates and South American dates will take priority as they are willing to pay much more money.

“I know what these [other legacy] bands make, I know their lifestyle, I know what they do,” continues French. “I can’t function that way. I don’t believe it’s viable for them. I believe they [tour] because they really have no other options on this planet. And by going out on the road constantly, they devalue themselves because they’re out there all the time. We work in a completely separate business model. If I don’t play, guess what? My value increases, doesn’t it? So the less I play, the more valuable I become. So I work completely opposite. I’ll bet you I make more money playing 12 shows than most [other] bands make playing 50 shows.”

“We average one show a month. So it’s like 12 a year and we’re going to be doing 15 this year. And most of them are in Europe and South America, because the offers are huge and the amounts of people are huge. And frankly, the festivals outside the U.S. tend to be better organized, and they’ve been going on for years and years and years. The American tours just haven’t gotten quite the vibe and handle on it that they’ve got in Europe. They’ve been doing it in Europe for like 25 years, they have it down. You know, Bang Your Head, Wacken. And then the culture of the kids to travel and to camp right there is built into the nature of what they do. That’s a relatively new thing here in America.”

     

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