Dee Snider has transformed Twisted Sister‘s rebellious Eighties anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” into a thoughtful piano ballad to help raise awareness for Criss Angel’s HELP (Heal Every Life Possible) charity.
The magician directed the video in the deserts outside of Las Vegas, with Snider’s performance juxtaposed with images of young people shaving their heads and real footage of hospitalized children battling cancer.
“Dee and I have known each other since the 1990s and he was a strong proponent of mine for years. We are both from Long Island, or as we like to think of it, ‘Strong Island,’ and his record publishing company gave me the rights to the song and it is our anthem for gratis,” Angel told the Las Vegas Review Journal (via Team Rock). “Dee was unbelievably generous with his time and participation.”
On September 12th, Angel’s HELP will throw a fundraising launch party and auction that will feature guests like Richie Sambora, Vince Neil, Mike Tyson, Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton and dozens more Vegas stalwarts. Snider will also perform his acoustic take on “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at the event at Las Vegas’ Luxor. Visit the Criss Angel HELP site for more information.