Happy Birthday today (Aug. 5) to Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda. He’s 62. Also celebrating is rocker Rick Derringer (70).

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Twisted Sister’s classic lineup formed in 1976 with Dee Snider on vocals, Eddie Ojeda on guitar, Jay Jay French on guitar, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza on bass, and AJ Pero on drums/ They released their first studio album Under the Blade in 1982. Their second album You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll was released in 1983. The band achieved major success in 1984 with the release of their third album Stay Hungry featuring the hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”. Stay Hungry went multi-platinum selling 3 million copies with videos for the singles receiving heavy airplay on MTV. Twisted Sister followed up the success of Stay Hungry with not as successful Come Out and Play album in 1985. The album sold 500,000 copies. Twisted Sister split up after the release of 1987’s Love Is For Suckers.

Twisted Sister reunited in 2001 and has done some recording and touring ever since. They called it quits last year with a 40th anniversary farewell tour. I met the guys in Twisted Sister many times over the years. Check out a photo from backstage at Mid Hudson Civic Center a few years back below. Cheers to Eddie on his birthday today!

For more on Twisted Sister, check out the band’s official website here.

Tig hangs with Twisted Sister. Photo by Frank White