“The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero [drums].
“The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.“
In addition to Twisted Sister, Pero, who was 55 years old, was a member of Adrenaline Mob.
Pero joined Twisted Sister in 1982, after he left Cities, a local New York City band. Upon his departure from Twisted Sister in 1986, he rejoined Cities. He participated in the Twisted Sister reunion and continued to perform with the group until his death. Pero was also a member of the Ozzy Osbourne cover band No More Tears which is well known around Staten Island, New York.
While continuing to tour and record, A.J. has been hosting drum clinics with Tama drums, holding classes and seminars, and completing an instructional DVD. A.J. was also said to be in the beginning stages of writing a book on his life’s journeys and lessons.
A.J. studied with maestro Larry Laurenzano, whom he considered not only a great teacher and mentor, but “a great friend who had more confidence in me, than I did in myself“; Mike Sqroi, “a great drummer who started me and taught me well“; and Nino Morreale who “made me realize who and what I was as a musician/drummer.” And, of course, “my Dad who in his own right was a great sax player who never pursued it, but saw in me his dream.“