A. J. Pero

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A. J. Pero
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Background information
Birth nameAnthony Jude Pero
Born(1959-10-14)October 14, 1959
Newark, New Jersey, United States
DiedMarch 20, 2015(2015-03-20) (aged 55)
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Genres Heavy metal
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vocals
Years active1978–2015
Associated acts Twisted Sister
Circle Of Thorns
The Foundry
Adrenaline Mob
TT Quick
Blaze Bayley

Anthony Jude "A.J." Pero (October 14, 1959 – March 20, 2015) was an American drummer, in American heavy metal bands Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob. [1]



Pero 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 April 1982, after seeing them play at a club and being told they were in need of a drummer. Upon his departure from Twisted Sister in July 1986, he re-joined Cities. He participated in the band's 1997 reunion and continued to perform with Twisted Sister until his death. He was also a member of the Ozzy Osbourne cover band, No More Tears, which was well known around Staten Island, New York.

In 2007, Pero formed Circle Of Thorns with former Cities guitarist Steve Mironovich aka Steve Irons. [2] In 2011, Pero played drums on a song titled "Elephant Man" on the Eric Carr CD Unfinished Business . On December 3, 2013, Pero was announced as the new drummer of the band Adrenaline Mob. [3] On March 20, 2015, Adrenaline Mob's band members attempted but failed to wake Pero on their tour bus. The band was traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie. Pero was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead from an apparent heart attack. [4] [5] In 2017, the band released their third studio album, We the People , containing Pero's last recording: a cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell". [6]

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