Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy inducting Twisted Sister into Metal Hall of Fame

Band’s classic lineup will be inducted in Jan 2023

Celebrated guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, and legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, will Induct the classic lineup of rock icons Twisted Sister into the 2023 Metal Hall of Fame, at the 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Charity Gala.

“The most important night in hard rock and heavy metal,” takes place January 26, 2023, at the Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA. It is presented by ROCAVAKA – The Vaka That Rocks!

Both Portnoy and Vai will share their stories of how Twisted Sister influenced them in their early days on the music scene.

Twisted Sister’s classic lineup of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and late drummer, A.J Pero, will be inducted at the ceremony, alongside one of the biggest selling hard rock vocalists of all time, Lou Gramm, influential British speed/thrash metal band Raven, and world renowned guitarist Chris Impellitteri, among other legendary hard rock and metal bands. The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala will include the world premiere of former Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice’s new band Scream Taker, featuring vocalist Jim Crean (Vinnie Vincent, Carmine Appice) and bassist Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, David Gilmour).

Additional performances, autograph signings, and meet and greet opportunities will be announced shortly. As always, the event will include surprise artists appearances and an All Star Jam.

The most recent 2021 and 2002 Metal Hall of Fame Gala’s and events included scheduled and surprise appearances by Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Ross “The Boss” Friedman, Gus G, Onslaught, Frank DiMino, Nigel Glockler, Charlie Benante, Tony Harnell, Voivod, Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Host of SiriusXM Radio Ozzy’s Boneyard and Hair Nation Keith Roth, Todd La Torre, Live Nation Executive Joey Vendetta, Bobby Rock, Jeff Scott Soto, and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, among others.

The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala will be hosted by radio/television Icon Eddie Trunk, and co-hosted by entertainment personality Cathy Rankin.

A special Rocavaka Meet & Greet with Dee Snider, Rocavaka’s brand ambassador, will take place after the Induction Ceremony where limited edition Dee Snider numbered Rocavaka bottles will be made available for purchase and signing.

Buddy Iahn
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