Anthony Jude Pero (born October 14, 1959 in Staten Island, NY, died March 20, 2015 (aged 55)) is the drummer of the American heavy metal band Twisted Sister (1982–1986, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003–present) and Adrenaline Mob (2013–2015).
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.
He was also a member of Ozzy Osbourne Cover Band No More Tears which is well known around Staten Island, New York.
In 2007 Pero formed Circle Of Thorns with former Cities guitarist Steve Mironovich AKA Steve Irons. 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.
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." Adrenaline Mob was traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie when members of that group were unable to rouse him on their bus in the morning. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he died of an apparent heart attack.
A.J. Pero Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 8.