If you're going to see a classic rock band, it's fair to say that you're probably in attendance to hear the old stuff. Still, many vintage acts on the road continue to write and record new songs and often feature newer material in their set alongside the classics.
One band you shouldn't expect to hear any new stuff from, though, is Twisted Sister. In a new interview with Goldmine (via Ultimate Classic Rock), guitarist Jay Jay French has slammed groups that perform recent material, or change the arrangements on their greatest hits:
"[L]et's be honest. Any classic band that releases a new record is an idiot for playing it. I mean, they can justify it all they want but no one cares. Let me tell you, you're a bunch of stupid fools if you think that anyone gives a shit. They don't. They say they do but they don't. Which is why most of these classic bands make a new album, go out on a tour, start out with five songs from the new record, after a few weeks there are two songs and then they just want to play that one new song and get it over with. Because no one knows it and no one gives a shit about it, and they're delusional to think they do."
He continues: "Another delusional thing is, 'let's alter the arrangements and be hip.' No one gives a shit about that, either. If you're a great entertainer, you'll give them exactly what they want to hear, exactly how they want to hear it. That's what great entertainers do. Idiot entertainers don't do that."
So we're not entirely on board with French on this one. Sure, we like to hear a band's classic hits, but there are classic rock bands out there that are still putting out great new records. We didn't hear anyone complaining, for example, when Rush played "Clockwork Angels" on tour a couple years back.
What do you think? Should bands just shut up and play the hits? Or are you up for hearing some new stuff? Let us know in the comments.