Anthony Jude Pero
He went to St. Peter’s Boys High School in Staten Island, but left because the faculty made him cut his hair. He then went to New Dorp High School and graduated in 1977. He was initially a jazz drummer, later gravitating to heavier music akin to Rush and Led Zeppelin.
Pero worked as a taxi driver for a time, and joined Cities, a local New York City band. He joined Twisted Sister in 1981, after seeing them play at a club and being told they were in need of a drummer. Upon his departure from Twisted Sister in 1986, he re-joined Cities. He participated in the band’s 1997 reunion and continued to perform with Twisted Sister until his death.
In 2007 Pero formed Circle Of Thorns with former Cities guitarist Steve Mironovich AKA Steve Irons.
On March 20, 2015 It was announced on Twisted Sister’s Facebook page that A.J. had passed away in this statement: “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.” Pero’s band was travelling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie when he died.
- “Cities Featuring Twisted Sister Drummer: Annihilation Absolute Reissued On CD”. Blabbermouth. October 29, 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- “ADRENALINE MOB Recruits TWISTED SISTER Drummer, Signs With CENTURY MEDIA”. Blabbermouth. December 3, 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- “Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Dies At 55”. Blabbermouth.net. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
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