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TWISTED SISTER Drummer AJ PERO Passes Away At 55

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 12:28 AM


Found Unresponsive On Tour Bus

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Drummer A.J. Pero, most notably from the band TWISTED SISTER and most recently ADRENALINE MOB, has died this morning after he was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 55.

As TMZ reported:

"Pero was touring with the band ADRENALINE MOB when he was found on the bus, but would not wake up. The band called 911 and paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital ... but he didn't make it.

Read the full report HERE

A.J.'s bandmates posted these messages....

“Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive TWISTED SISTER and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.”

Dee Snider

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A.J. Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again. His drumming was legendary, but his heart, as a human being, was even greater.

In our hearts he will always be the engine that drove the train. I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. RIP."

Jay Jay French

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"This morning I received the tragic news about AJ’s passing. As anyone would be, I am devastated. With such a loss, even I broke down and cried, allegedly the tough guy in the band. One statement says it all, “AJ was my band mate, my friend and my brother and I will miss him forever”.

Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza

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"My family, extended TWISTED SISTER family, and I are heartbroken and devastated to hear the news of Anthony Jude Pero’s passing. A.J. was a dear friend and brother to me, and in my opinion, one of the most talented drummers of all time. I will always remember the amazing experiences and great laughs we shared. A.J. always had an amazing sense of humor and did his best to please everyone he came in contact with.

Back in the day, when the band first started touring, we were often room-mates and he never failed to keep me smiling. It’s very difficult for me to talk about this right now. However, I feel that out of respect for his legacy, it’s important for us to let the world know how we all felt and will always feel about him. I know I will dearly miss him, but I’m grateful to have been his friend and musical partner for thirty-eight years.

At this time, my sincerest sympathies go out to his family. Heaven just got a great drummer, one that will live forever in our hearts."

Eddie Ojeda and The Ojeda Family

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"Here it goes..... not sure how to make sense of this but one of my dearest friends for almost 20 years passed away this morning while we we're on tour. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on the bus. AJ Pero was one of the kindest, most caring & giving souls I've ever known! I have shared the stage with him on & off for almost 2 decades.. it was nothing short of a true honor to not only have called him my band mate, but one of my dearest friends! I will never forget you buddy.. I love you brother! Rest in peace my dear friend. You are a true legend!!!!

I'll never forget moments like these my friend!"

Mike Orlando

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Our condolences here at KNAC.COM go out to A.J.'s family as well as his brothers in music.....


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