Twisted Sister have decided to continue as a working entity, at least for now.
There was a good deal of doubt about their future after the death of drummer A.J. Pero last month. Guitarist Jay Jay French stated shortly after his passing that the band was already talking about calling it a day in the near future, adding that Pero had told him that his shoulder was bothering him and worried that it could be something more than just muscle strain.
In a later interview, French told Eddie Trunk that Pero was the band’s John Bonham and Keith Moon. “What John Bonham was to Zeppelin, what Keith Moon was to The Who, AJ was to us. I just mentioned two legends – and AJ’s up there with them.”
French has now penned a touching tribute to Pero, published at Inc., discussing his long history with the group. Twisted Sister has essentially had the same members (Pero, French, Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda) for 33 years and he discusses the strong repercussions Pero’s passing has had on the members but, in the end, he describes Twisted Sister as a business and that “businesses must go on, even through a curtain of tears.”
He then went on to confirm that the band would honor all of its commitments for this year, including a Las Vegas show in May that they will be filming for a DVD, but that the future beyond 2015 is in question.
This company employs a lot of people and has created a business model that is the envy of many of our fellow bands. We will honor AJ during our shows this year. A professional drummer who is a friend will be filling in shortly. This will allow us to fulfill our touring obligations and, most important, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future.
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