Twisted Sister announce decision to split following drummer’s death

Band will mark 40th anniversary in 2016 before calling it quits

Twisted Sister have announced that they will split up when their current tour ends on 2016.

The band recently lost drummer AJ Pero, who died after suffering a heart attack earlier this year. Now frontman Dee Snider has admitted that the band will not continue beyond next year.

Twisted Sister formed 40 years ago and will celebrate their landmark year in 2016 with the “Fourty and Fuck It” tour. Snider confirmed the split news via Facebook, linking to TMZ’s report about the band’s future and writing: “It’s official: farewell. New drummer announced ..”


Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy will join longtime members Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, bassist Mark Mendoza and guitarist Eddie Ojeda on the 2016 tour.

French admitted that the group was talking about breaking up as its 40th anniversary approaches in 2016. Shortly after Pero’s death, he said: “We need to look at this and say to ourselves, as a live entity, on which our reputation rests, How do we honour that history?”

Pero appeared on the first four Twisted Sister albums, ‘Under the Blade’ (1982), ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (1983), ‘Stay Hungry’ (1984) and ‘Come Out and Play’ (1985). The drummer who preceded Pero in the band, Richard Teeter, died in 2012.