One of the more hilarious events at the 2013 NAMM Show was the Guitar World and Revolver Rock & Roll Roast of Dee Snider. Held at The Grove in Anaheim, CA, on January 24th, the event was lead by Roastmaster Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller illusionist fame.
Other irreverent dais-mates included metal-loving luminaries such as last year's honoree Zakk Wylde, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Lita Ford, WWE legend Mick Foley and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk, as well as comedy and roast veterans Jim Norton, Craig Gass, and Jim Florentine.
Best known as the frontman for 80's band Twisted Sister, Snider's outspoken personality, golden locks and his appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice and other reality TV shows made him an ideal target for a mega-dose of ribbing. An iconic wall of Peavey amps adorned the dais, as celebrity after celebrity laid it on thick and nasty:
Eddie Trunk: "You can feel Twisted Sister's love for Dee by their complete lack of attendance tonight."
Jim Florentine: "I thought Scott Ian came to my house, but it was a garden gnome."
Zakk Wylde on Mark Metcalf: "His voicemail just says, 'Yes, I'm available. BEEP.'"
Craig Gass to Zakk Wylde: "Zakk, Sons of Anarchy called. They want you back at the clubhouse."
Eddie Trunk to Dee Snider: "Dee, you're in great shape. Maybe from running from your good career choices."
Scott Ian: "Twisted Sister tribute bands don't exist because no one wants to play two songs over and over again."
Other highlights of the event included hysterical video comments from Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach, Steel Panther, Donald Trump, Weird Al Yankovic and more. The entire extravaganza was broadcast live on AXS TV.
Presented by Peavey Electronics, a portion of the event's proceeds went to benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization of The Recording Academy® that provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to music people in need. Peavey also donated a 6505 Amplifier, which was signed by Dee Snider, Zack Wilde, and many other celebrities in attendance.
Video footage of the event can be seen below. Fair warning - even though this is edited, it's not for the faint-hearted. Do not proceed if you're under 18 or easily offended!