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, C.A. It is presented by ROCAVAKA – The Vaka That Rocks!
Both Mike Portnoy and Steve 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 Heavy Metal Bands. The 6th Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala will include the World Premier 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 & 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.
“The Annual 2023 Metal Hall of Fame Gala is going to be an amazing event as always,” says Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO Pat Gesualdo.” It’s a great night for all the Inductees, special guests, and of course all the fans who join us in this great cause. All of the proceeds from our events goes to helping preserve Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for future generations, and our events also bring free music programs to help special needs children in hospitals and community centers.”
“Twisted Sister is honored to be recognized by the Metal Hall of Fame, and have our names alongside many of our peers,” says Jay Jay French.
*** 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.
6TH ANNUAL METAL HALL OF FAME GALA
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
Proceeds from the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala go to the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). D.A.D. brings free music programs and therapy services to help special needs children and wounded veterans in various health facilities and community centers.
About The Metal Hall of Fame
The Metal Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that enshrines forever, those Iconic musicians, artists, music industry executives who are responsible for making Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.
The Metal Hall of Fame Annual Celebrity Gala has included many historical hard rock and heavy metal moments. For example, our idea to join with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne to have former Ozzy drummer Lee Kerslake accept his Platinum Record Awards for “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of A Madman,” after 38 years. Having Metallica Induct Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. Inducting Judas Priest at Wacken Open Air. Inducting members of KISS, Iron Maiden, and Triumph among others for our 5 Year Anniversary Bash. Having Don Airey’s surprise Induction for Black Sabbath co-founding member Bill Ward, (especially after not seeing each other since recording Black Sabbath’s 1978 “Never Say Day” album). Inducting Anthrax at Heavy Montreal. Having Kathy and Kelle Rhoads Induct their brother Randy Rhoads. Having Slayer’s Kerri King’s surprise Induction for Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Record’s 35th Anniversary. Having Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Geoff Tate, Chris Poland, and Bjorn Englen perform in the most historic metal performance of all time. Having Paul Stanley Induct Doc McGhee. Having Brian May of Queen Induct Joe Satriani. These are just some of the Legendary memories that we are honored to have shared with Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans throughout the world.