FIB MUSIC: Let's go back a bit....Did any cool, sucked, brilliant moments stand out from the
"You Can't Stop Rock n Roll" recording sessions, or tour?
Eddie: Well....Blackfoot....(laughs) they had a collection of pictures. They were kind of
notorious for being with a lot of girls. They used to take a lot of Polaroid's. So some of the stuff....I didn't want to see that
part of the anatomy in the way they photographed it. They had some interesting pictures. They were very funny guys, instead of a
backstage pass with a photo of the band, they would have a lamenated picture of Richard Pryor on it.
FIB MUSIC: Care to share what some of the photos were?
Eddie: UMMMMM. Well, they were rather graphic (laughs), or I guess you could say
pornographic. Some of them were pretty explicit. They had there own little photo album...it was like there own family photo album. (laughs)
I said to them, why are you keeping this stuff for. What happens if you die?....they were like, why should I give a shit, I'll be dead (laughs).
But, yeah, Blackfoot was pretty funny when it came to stuff like that. We were just kind of boring, for the most part the band was
kind of straight.
FIB MUSIC: That's what I thought, you guys were never into drugs or booze, right?
Eddie: Yeah. Well, me and the drummer drank a little bit...maybe once a week on a night off
or something, we would go out and get a little legless, you know? But for the most part.....whenever we played we never did anything.
And Dee Snider was completely sober.
Yeah, Dee didn't do anything. He just recently started to have a glass of wine with dinner everynight. I almost fainted when I heard
him first ordered a glass of wine, because he never drank. Just recently he started doing it....because he heard it was healthy. But
it's just one glass and that's it. We have been a parties before and there will be a bunch of wine flowing around the table and when the
waiter goes up to refill Dee's glass, he will hold his hand over the glass. Just one glass, he's got a lot of discipline when it comes
to stuff like that. Same with Mark and......they'll drink one glass of wine with dinner.
FIB MUSIC: And they were even like that before you guys made it, right?
Eddie: Yeah...yeah. We never really drank. Sometimes when we went out, maybe Mark (Mendoza) would
have one beer, but you know, me and A.J. (Pero) would like to knock back a few, but it was just on nights off. That was about it, which was
a good thing....I guess it was a blessing in disguise. Because, you know, being around drugs and stuff can really take its toll on you
and if you around people who are doing them, you know, everybody tends to do them. When you are in an environment where no one is into
doing them....first of all no one comes around...the people with drugs don't come around. So now I look at it as a blessing in
disguise, compared to what I know some guys went through. But we never got fucked up before shows. It's like if you were a professional
football player, or a race car driver, you wouldn't think about getting loaded before you go out. Same thing with playing, you kind of
have to have your wits about you. I couldn't play all loaded though. I have seen some guys that can get drunk and then play perfect. I don't
know how they do it, but I know I can't. To me, I would rather do my thing, work it out, get a great sweat going.....it's like having
a great ball game, you know? Then afterwards it's Miller Time. (laughs) But to go up and get loaded before you go on, you're going
to forget something....I know I would.
FIB MUSIC: When you guys went in the studio, to record Stay Hungry, did you have any idea it was going
to be such a huge album for Twisted Sister?
Eddie: I thought it was a really good album. But like anything else, you never know
if it's going to be the one that takes you over the top. You make the album and do the best you can....and you feel good about it, but
you never really know. It's hard to tell. I did have a great feeling about the album....I thought, wow, the songs are so good on this
record. But I felt that way about a lot of the records, you know, but they didn't get the recognition that some of them did.
FIB MUSIC: Any memories stand out from those recording sessions?
Eddie: We did it here at the Record Plant in New York and we did some at Westlake in Los Angeles, which
I think Michael Jackson did a lot of the Thriller album there. We worked with Geoff Workman, who engineered all the Queen stuff and
who had worked with Roy Thomas Baker. But Geoff Workman worked for Tom Werman a lot and he would.....I guess he had a lot of time on
his hands, but he would take tapes and cut them up of stuff that Dee would say during the recording...you know when someone is talking, you know like
turn this up, do this, and Geoff would edit some of the most hysterical stuff together....he would edit the stuff and put it on
cassette and bring it in the next day and play it in the studio. I can't remember some of the stuff, but it was just hysterical.
Some of that stuff we should put on a record and release it, because it really was so insanely funny.
But most of the time we went in the studio and worked really hard. We would go in at noon and get down about 11 or 12 o'clock at night.
We would just concentrate and do our job, you know?