Anthony Jude Pero

p047-wWe here at FTM were shocked and devastated to hear about the passing of AJ Pero. AJ was a friend to both G-Man and I. A short time ago, when AJ could find a few spare moments, we featured a monthly column written by him that targeted helping our young people to get through growing pains, peer pressure and especially teenage bullying. AJ created the column to help our youths realize their dreams and believe in themselves when others didn’t. The column was inspirational and written directly from the heart of a person who shared his own struggles and how he learned from life’s cheap shots.  

AJ will be deeply missed by G-Man and I, as well as the rest of our Full Throttle Family. May your journey home be peaceful AJ, and may those who loved you most find comfort in the memories that you shared together. Rock the heavens and keep shinning your light! Twisted Sister will never be the same…Forever in our hearts.

Editor, Lee Sheridan

We could continue this story by writing about his history and how accomplished a musician AJ was, but between social media and the local newspapers most of what we would print has already been printed or posted. So, instead we’ve listed below brief statements made by his band mates of Twisted Sister, and from you his loyal fans.  We are all grieving the loss of such a profound, amazing and humble man and we would like to share the sentiments of others with you. SMF Forever \m/

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“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.” – Dee Snider

“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

“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 Family

“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

Sentiments from his fans/friends:

“My thoughts and prayers are with those whom he was closest to. Music has lost Greatness. “– Cheri Hoffman RN, Fan

“Tony, I will always remember the wonderful times we had playing music together as teens on Staten Island. God speed my old friend. You were a beautiful light, so talented”– Marybeth Rice, friend

“Tony, I’ll always remember you as that little kid “we let” play in the band. RIP little Anthony. John Parlamenti”– John A Parlamenti, Friend

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