Eddie Ojeda 
Twisted Sister

Eddie and I go back about 30 years, The first time I ever saw an Explorer shaped guitar Eddie & JJ were using them.  They both had cool Ibanez Natural Ash bodied models.  Awesome. Eddie hails from my old stomping grounds, I used to see Twisted Sister way before they were famous or nationally known.

All the members of Twisted Sister are the same original people I knew 30 years ago.  Very Cool Indeed...   Catch the Show,  Dee Snider just gets better with age.

 

My Band "Taboo" opened for them at the Rock Palace in 1978 or so.  They wore full makeup even back then... We used to hang out at a club called World Stage in Spring Valley NY. I think that picture below was taken there Circa 1988.

Eddie regularly visits Las Vegas,  either for a Twisted Concert or to just hang out for a week,  We always get together & hang out. Eddie has a couple of different girlfriends in Vegas otherwise he would probably crash at my house.
In May 2007 we went up in the mountains with some fully Automatic weapons (Pictures Coming)

 

 

Some things will never change… when heavy metal is running through your veins, you live in New York and you are the axe-man of one of the worlds most provocative sick motherfucking bands… you will always wanna rock!

Eddie's best known for all the years he has spent as the lead guitarist for Twisted Sister. After years of creating a name for themselves in bars and clubs in the New York area, Twisted eventually toured the world from Japan to Canada, Europe to Australia. Eddie played on eleven albums (which earned a combined 25 gold and platinum records worldwide) and performed in over 4000 shows, opening for groups such as Iron Maiden, Dio, ZZTop, Whitesnake, and Motorhead. Ronnie Dio chose Eddie to perform alongside Neal Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen, George Lynch, and many other great musicians in the "Hearing Aid" video--Heavy Metal's contribution to the African Relief Fund. During the Twisted period Eddie was featured in the motion picture "Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure," gave interviews to radio stations across the country, and was recognized in the book, "Who's Who in Rock'n'Roll”.

Eddie Ojeda in his first solo album has nothing to prove. The whole metal scene knows his performing and song writing abilities He wrote songs with all his great friends in mind. For instance when he wrote “Tonight” (a magnificent opening track with the mighty R.J Dio on vocals) he knew exactly how to make it a hit and how it could fit Ronnie’s voice. When he re-arranged the classic Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (actually transformed it into a heavy metal avalanche!) he knew that Dee Snider’s powerful and enormous throat would make it one of the classic covers ever made! The same goes for all the songs. One by one, after our thirsty ears, they are emerging straight from the heart of the legendary “Fingers”.

Ladies and Gentlemen this is heavy metal! And heavy metal is all about celebrating our anger, our passion, our dreams and nightmares; it’s about who we are and who will always be. “Axes 2 Axes” is THE heavy metal album; made by musicians who live and breath this music… made by some of those who first played it and lived it to the bone. And Eddie, with all his friends, truly mean it…

 

Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister

Musicians Hotline is pleased to continue with its "Where Are They Now?" series. This month's feature artist is Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister. So get out your parachute pants and bandanas and let's visit the 80's with Eddie.

MH: Tell us what Eddie Ojeda is up to these days.
EO: At the moment I am working with the drummer from Skid Row, Robert Affuso. It's a project that we call Skid Sister where we go out and do half Twisted Sister songs and half Skid Row songs. I'm also playing with a band called Visione and we do a lot of private parties, corporate gigs, and things like that. It's an excellent band and I keep quite busy with that. I'm also working on some originals for a possible solo project. I'm also doing some producing working with a girl group, which my daughter is also in, trying to make things happen with that.

MH: When did you first start playing guitar and can you recall your first decent guitar?
EO: I first started playing when I was about 14 years old, with a really cheap Kent guitar. My first real guitar was a Gibson Stereo and ESP 45, which I had for a real long time. I ended up selling it, which I really feel bad that I did because it's worth a lot of money now. That was my first real guitar.

MH: Who were your musical influences early on and what guitar players impacted your playing style?
EO: My musical influences I would have to say, the first band that actually kind of rocked my socks off were the Beatles of course. My musical influences as far as guitar players were definitely Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Once I heard the Cream and Who and Hendrix, that's all I listened to for years and years. They are still like my favorites though as far as guitar players go. So I would definitely have to say Hendrix first, Clapton second and Jeff Beck third.

MH: Give us an overview and a time frame of how you hooked up with Twisted Sister.
EO: Basically I went to high school with JJ, the other guitar player in Twisted Sister. We were high school friends, we used to hook up after school together and jam and play and other tales of debauchery. But anyway, I basically stayed friends with him and he had formed a version of the band before I was involved and had some minor success in the Tri State area. Then they broke up and we got this version of the band together. That was around 1976, we had Gia in the band and things started to click, we started doing originals and the rest is history. We just did the whole club circuit for years and developed a whole big name in the Tri State area. We used to pack all the bars. From there we went to the next level which was to get a record deal. Which was no easy task, but yes, I would say we started around 1976.

MH: What gear were you using in the Twisted Sister era?
EO: Basically I used all Marshall amps with a different array of stomp boxes, like your digital delay and distortion boxes like that. I think I had a Boss overdrive at the time with a Marshall head, a couple of Marshall heads, Marshall 50's and then we went on to the 100's. So as far as amplifiers I would have to say that we mostly used Marshall's live. In the studio we also used Mesa Boogies as well, along with the Marshall amps. As far as guitars went, I had several different guitars in the early days. I had a couple of Ibanez guitars, and then when BC Rich guitars came out I started playing those for quite awhile. I had a Mockingbird that I really liked and played for a while, I also had a BC Rich "Bitch" that was custom made for me and I was using that as well. Shortly after that, Charvel Guitars emerged on the scene with the Custom Strat type guitars. I ordered my first guitar, which was of course the Bullseye guitar, that has become synonymous with Twisted Sister, and that I used in oh so many videos and played throughout the world with. Once I got that, I was just using it all the time, it just felt like a god in my hand, it was just one of those things, just the way it looked, it was just so cool looking. So many people made so many comments and it just really fit the band very well. Shortly after that, after I had that guitar for about a year, they made me the Twisted Sister logo guitar. Throughout the whole Twisted Sister era I basically used those two guitars, I just went back and forth between the two of them. I had two other guitars on the road with me but I didn't really use them much, it was basically the two Charvels. The Bullseye guitar has a Duncan Custom pickup in it, with a pre-amp boost but I didn't really use it much as far as the pre-amp boost went. The Twisted Sister logo guitar had an EMG pickup in it. So they sounded different but they both had a really great sound to them so that's why I used those two guitars exclusively. I was also very happy to find out that Wayne was making guitars again. Basically I called him up to make another Bullseye guitar for me. That's when the whole idea came up to do a limited edition Eddie Ojeda Bullseye guitar. I'm really happy to be working with Michael and Wayne Charvel on this project. I think it's going to turn out really well.

MH: Twisted Sister hit the MTV power pop glam scene in the mid to late 80's and was catapulted to the top by videos. Tell us about those days and the experience you obtained.
EO: Well, at the time that our videos were all over MTV, I lived in a part of Queens that my building unfortunately didn't have cable. I kept hearing about it from everybody that lived in the suburbs who had cable TV, how much the video was on but I couldn't enjoy it like everybody did, I had to hear about it second hand. That was kind of a drag, but hearing about how much it was being played was quite cool. A bit of trivia about how we came across the MTV thing. They used to play part of one of our video clips called "You Can't Stop Rock N Roll" a video we did in England for the second album. They started playing just a little clip of that during their MTV commercial when they would show the big M with the little TV logo, and they got a lot of calls in like "Whose this band?" and people wanted to see more of us. That is kind of how we got introduced to MTV and exploded on that scene. Then when we came out with the "We're Not Going To Take It" video it just took off, and the rest is history. It really catapulted our career. So yes I guess it is true, a video can make or break a band!

MH: When Twisted Sister finally disbanded, how did you stay involved with the business?
EO: Well, basically it took me a good seven months or so to kind of get over it and move on. I got approached by a singer in Long Island and we formed a band called Scarecrow, I spent a good amount of time, about a good year, trying to make that happen. I felt the band was excellent and we had a lot of potential but we just couldn't get it off the ground. He eventually got a small deal, an album but I don't think it went too far. I always try and stayinvolved in live shows as much as possible, I really enjoy doing that. At the moment I'm doing quite well with Visione and Skid Sisterand I'm also doing some tribute shows from time to time.

MH: Is there any plans for a Twisted Sister Reunion?
EO: The only show we've done so far is a benefit show we did for September 11th in November of 2001 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. We broke the attendance record at the Hammerstein Ballroom for that gig. We did get some offers to do some shows, some festivals in Europe, but for some reason our schedules are so crazy that we're just not able to be free at the same time in order to do these shows. Will there be a reunion? I don't say, I never say never, but I just don't know if it will happen or not. If it does I don't know if it will be on a long-term basis. But I would certainly like to see something happen.

MH: Nuff about the past. Tell us about your new band and what kind of material are you working on.
EO: Right now I'm working with Robert Affuso, the drummer from Skid Row, the original drummer, Chris McCarvel and Gene Michael which are two Connecticut home grown boys. Chris plays bass, and Gene is a singer/guitar player and we're basically working on straight ahead, balls to the wall, kick ass Rock N Roll, baby! It's all original stuff and we're doing one current song, we're doing a version of Eleanor Rigby which I sent to Paul McCartney, I don't know if he got horrified by it or not, but we'll see what happens with that. Just working doing some producing just trying to get it all happening!

MH: Tell us about the gear you're currently using. Your back line of amps and effects.
EO: At the moment I'm using two heads at the same time, I like that stereo effect, sort of. It's really like a stereo mono thing. I use a Marshall 100 watt head and a VHT 50 watt Pitbull so it's a pretty nasty combo. For effects I'm basically using a Line 6 for my effects, a Line 6 Pod, which is pretty simple and easy to use and I get all the effects I need from it, which makes it easy to set up and I don't have the hassle of setting up all kinds of pedals. As far as guitars go, the guitar I'm playing lately is the new Wayne guitar that Wayne Charvel just made for me which is the Eddie Ojeda Bullseye guitar. I also have some backup guitars that I use, which are a couple of Custom Strats, a Paul Reed Smith and a Parker.

MH: Tell us a bit more of how your "Wayne" Signature Guitar transpired.

EO: I had someone tell me that they had a web site up and that Wayne was making guitars again. So I figured who else could make me a perfect Bullseye guitar just like the original more then he. I called him up basically just to commission another Bullseye guitar. We just started talking and I got a call back from Michael that same day and he was really excited that I had called. Basically came up with this idea to do an Eddie Ojeda Signature model and he told me he was doing something with Warren D Martini and Oz Fox as well from our particular era. So I was thrilled to hear that and we definitely worked it out and I'm really excited and looking forward to this.

MH: Do you consider yourself a guitar collector? If so tell us about some of your cool pieces.
EO: I really can't say I'm a guitar collector because I don't have any vintage guitars per say. I do own a Fender Relic which does have that old vintage sound to it, but it's not an old guitar so it really doesn't count. The only guitar that I had that I kick myself in the ass for selling is my old Gibson ESP 45, which is Gibson Stereo ESP 45 and I bought it as a kid and it was you know a late 60's guitar. It's worth a lot of money nowadays, and I sold it for, well I don't want to tell you what I sold it for because I get very mad at myself when I think about it. We've all been there and made those mistakes. So I guess I don't consider myself a true guitar collector because I don't really have any old vintage instruments to really speak about. Most of my stuff is custom and fairly new or from the 80's.

MH: What is the most important attribute you feel has helped you develop as a guitar player over the years?
EO: Basically I try to stay kind of current. I listen to a lot of music and the fact that a primitive band that does a lot of different material, I think it keeps you very well rounded as a musician and very current. Writing new songs and songs that are current, I think that definitely helps any player keep his chops up and I know it's helped me tremendously. That's one reason why I like to keep playing live and performing because there is definitely a certain edge that you keep by performing live in front of an audience that people tend to lose when they stop doing that. I feel if you are constantly in the studio and that's all you do, it's definitely going to be hard when you get back out there to try and perform live again, that's why I try to do both as much as possible.

MH: What's ahead for Eddie Ojeda?
EO: Basically I'm going to continue to work on a solo project. I'm also going to try to get into producing as well; it's something I really enjoy. I like to stay as busy as possible playing live gigs, which is something I will probably always do. In the future, who knows there may be a Twisted Sister Reunion, like I said, I never say never. There is a very good possibility that there will be something happening with Twisted Sister in the future, whether it's a full blown out tour, or just a couple of special appearances at festivals, only time will tell! We'll see what happens with that. In the meantime I will stay as busy as I can pursuing as many musical projects as possible. Because as you know music is my first love! Sorry for the bad Steve Martin impersonation there but ya know just trying to lighten things up a little bit.

Anyway Trent, I would like to thank you for this opportunity. Eddie

 

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