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Twisted Sister to reunite for Metal Hall of Fame induction; Mike Portnoy will play drums

'Looking forward to playing together for the first time since 2016,' Dee Snider says

After some speculation, Twisted Sister have confirmed that the surviving members of the band’s classic lineup – singer Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda and bassist Mark Mendoza – will reunite for their first live appearance since 2016 at their induction into the Metal Hall of Fame.

“Looking forward to playing together for the first time since 2016,” Snider wrote on Twitter. “[E]specially the rehearsal!”

While the band has kept quiet on who would be filling late drummer A.J. Pero’s spot for the performance, Mike Portnoy has now confirmed that he will join the band onstage. Speaking on the Chuck Schute podcast, Portnoy said (transcribed by Blabbermouth): ‘We've known that we're playing for months now. I think it was only kind of made public [a few days ago]."

"Steve Vai and myself are inducting them into this Metal Hall of Fame, and then we'll be performing a few songs there at the ceremony."

Portnoy had previously joined Twisted Sister for the band’s “Forty and Fuck It” tour in 2016, replacing Pero, who had passed away the year prior.

The sixth annual Metal Hall of Fame charity gala will take place on January 26 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California.

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