We are saddened to report that Twisted Sister / Adrenaline Mob / The Foundry drummer A.J. Pero has died at the age of 55. As of this posting, no cause of death has been revealed. We recently held a fund raiser for The Warrant Officers Association Scholarship fund featuring The Foundry. A.J. was a very humble and kind individual, and said he was honored to be a part of a great cause that we were supporting. He will be missed by all of us at The Heavy Metal ICU and Adrenaline 101 Radio.
While Twisted Sister performed with many drummers throughout the band’s 43-year career, A.J. Pero was easily the band’s most celebrated man behind the kit. Pero had many stints with Twisted Sister, the longest being his latest run of 12 straight years (2003 – 2015) with the heavy metal legends.
The drummer manned the kit for some of Twisted Sister’s most legendary and timeless albums, such as Under the Blade, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll and Stay Hungry. As for Adrenaline Mob, Pero took the place of former Dream Theater stickman Mike Portnoy, staying true to the project until his untimely death.
Twisted Sister announced A.J. Pero’s death via Facebook:
The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero
The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.
From all of us at The Heavy Metal ICU and Adrenaline 101 Radio, Our thoughts and prayers go out to to his wife Michelle, Anthony Jr. and all of his children. May he Rest in Peace