The reunion show itself, although not shown as a complete, beginning-to-end affair, is when the collision of fun and fury happen. In their first show back, Twisted Sister tear the roof off an open-air venue.
It’s an impressive display to see, after all those years of not playing together as cohesive unit and (at that point) 26 years grand total in the game, the band perform as if they were in their mid-20s again. Snider can still hit every note and work a crowd like he owns the venu--hell with that, the country. Jay Jay French and Eddie Odeja can still run circles around a lot of guitarists and are magnificent to hear in harmony. Mark “The Animal” Mendoza earns his nickname by not just playing the bass, but beating it half to death. And AJ Pero is as good as ever at what he does (highlighted by a great solo during “Burn In Hell”).
The band has plenty of space apart on stage to keep whatever distance they may need to, but they actually look like they don’t need it. There’s an awesome time being had by the guys on stage, but there’s just as much excitement going on in the crowd. It’s a sure sign when Twisted Sister has to re-start “We’re Not Gonna Take It” three times because the crowd won’t stop singing the chorus.
All in all, Twisted Sister Live At Wacken: The Reunion is a great way for casual fans that last saw the gang in a Christmas video on YouTube (or, worse, on VH1 “Behind The Music”) see what the band is up to along with how and why they dominated the ‘80s in the first place. For true fans of the band, it’s a moment to celebrate as one of the most raucous bands in hard rock storms back on stage to take over.