Dee Snider Says: “We’re Not Gonna Take Australian Wildfires”

Dee Snider Says: “We’re Not Gonna Take Australian Wildfires”

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L: Dee Snider from Twisted Sister performs live in 1984. Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns. R: via Instagram.

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has dusted off his classic outfit from 1984’s Stay Hungry and taken to Instagram to rally support for the Australian bushfire relief fund. 

“Australia has always been an amazing country for me and Twisted Sister,” the rocker stated. “Amazing people there, great people there and they are going through literal hell right now.”

“What’s happening in fire-ravaged Australia is a worldwide crisis. We need to stand up and shout WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!”

Snider implored his followers on social media to send “hope, love, prayers and any kind of help (they) can” to those affected by the devastating fires before closing the video with an acapella rendition of the 1984 Twisted Sister hit, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which he dedicated to all Australians. Watch the Instagram video below.

Dee Snider is the latest in a growing list of artists to rally support for bushfire victims. At his Sydney concert earlier this week, Elton John pledged to donate $1 million to the cause, telling the audience: “You should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing. There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes. There are people who have lost their lives and their homes. And last is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat that, frankly, is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking.”

Metallica echoed this sentiment in a statement announcing their own donation of over half a million dollars: “We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking,” the band said in a statement. “Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our foundation All Within My Hands, are pledging A$750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts.

To date, nearly 18 million acres of land has been destroyed by the worst bushfires in Australia’s history which have been burning since September. The growing list of celebrities pledging epic – including, Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Hemsworth and Pink – is a truly heartwarming thing at such a terrible time. 

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