March 20, 2015 at 11:29 am #1525SMFWebmasterKeymaster
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.
Such a sad day.
DMarch 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm #1527GeorgeParticipant
Very sad, shocking news. He was a very nice person. God bless AJ and his family. I’ll keep him in my prayers. RIPMarch 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm #1528MartyParticipant
Met him on several occasions and every time he was the nicest person you could meet. Happy to chat – despite just having finished 2-hour powerhouse sets. My thoughts are with his own family and the greater TS family just now.March 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm #1531Amuz3d2DethParticipant
This sucks. AJ was so awesome! So happy I got to see most of the shows in the Tri-State area in the last six years. And the last time at Best Buy theater, AJ did double duty, playing sets for Both Twisted, and Adrenalin Mob. His talent will truly be missed. Rock the pillars of Heaven, AJ!!!
March 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm #1533Kennet (FIN)Participant
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Rest In Peace AJ Pero! Does anyone know what happened to him?March 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm #1534Fast JoeyParticipant
What horrible news…so so sorry to hear this. RIP AJ…my heart goes out to his family, and to the entire TS family. 🙁March 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm #1535HellburnerParticipant
Wtf! I can’t believe this, I saw him this summer at Alcatraz, I had such a great time with Twisted Sister just at a moment I was in doubt about many things. This news hits me so hard… My deepest condolences to his friends and family.March 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm #1536DCTParticipant
Absolutely heartbreaking and shocking news. Thoughts and prayers are with my TS family and the Pero family at this time. He was loved dearly and will be forever missed. Rest in peace, AJ.March 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm #1537pz smfParticipant
I can’t believe this. RIP AJ.March 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm #1547SMFWebmasterKeymaster
Messages from the Band:
“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.”
“AJ 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.
This April 1st would have been his 32nd year as a member.
In the Twisted Sister world he was always affectionately known as “the new guy”. That is how long and deep our history was/is.
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
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
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 FamilyMarch 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm #1555MetalMadLadyParticipant
So sad to hear of the passing of A.J.
I will cherish the memories of all the
times that I got to chat with him, take
pictures, get his autograph, and watch
him perform. He will be missed!
My condolences to his family, his band brothers,
his friends and all the SMF’s who loved him.March 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm #1556J PParticipant
I dont understand. Maybe when I got some of my understanding back I’ll write some more. Im fuckin crying my eyes off. I just dont know what to say. Love you bto forever and thnsk for everything. The sound of thunder lives!!!March 20, 2015 at 5:32 pm #1558Macedonian SMFParticipant
Met him 4 times as i saw TS 4 times….
He always remembered me, had some drinks with me and was always smiled, i don’t know how that man looks nervous, can’t imagine…. 🙁
SO SAD ….
WE WILL MISS YOU DEAR AJ….. YOU’RE MUSIC WILL LIVE ONMarch 20, 2015 at 5:56 pm #1559Rock10Participant
RIP AJ. Great drummer and he lost nothing during the reunion era. I was looking forward to him with Four By Fate.March 21, 2015 at 9:18 am #1564
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