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Twisted Sister / Adrenaline Mob Drummer A.J. Pero Dies at 55

A.J. Pero

We are devastated to report that Twisted Sister / Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero has died at the age of 55. The drummer reportedly passed away peacefully in his bunk on Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus.

While Twisted Sister have 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 Pero’s 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.

Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider also wrote of Pero’s death via Twitter:

Adrenaline Mob also posted a heartfelt goodbye to their beloved drummer:


We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to A.J. Pero’s family, friends and bandmates. The man created a phenomenal career for himself, and we’re certain that he won’t soon be forgotten. Help us celebrate the life of A.J. by checking out Twisted Sister’s iconic video for “We’re Not Gonna Take It” below. Rest in Peace, A.J. Pero.

Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

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