Twisted Sister aren’t going to take it for much longer – one last run around the world in 2016, and it’s goodbye.
After some deliberation between the surviving members of the long running hard rock unit, Twisted Sister have announced that drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater, Winery Dogs) will serve as the replacement for their late brother A.J. Pero for the next two years. During this time, Twisted Sister will perform several tribute concerts in Pero’s memory before embarking on their farewell tour in 2016.
The first of the previously mentioned tribute performances will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 30, and will be recorded for future broadcast and live release on DVD and CD. The second, for the A.J. Pero family, is scheduled on Saturday, June 13 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
We may have seen the members of Twisted Sister begin their farewell shows, which is being dubbed the ‘Forty and F*ck It’ tour, even sooner than next year, however guitarist Jay Jay French previously said the band would honor their previously arranged commitments on behalf of the fans and Pero with the assistance of “a professional drummer who is a friend,” who has now been revealed as Portnoy.
“I realize that our collective history is so long, so deep, so intertwined that A.J.’s death has shaken us to the core,” French explained through a statement on his official website. “It made me realize the fundamental connection that we as a band and as a company share as friends with a nearly 40-year history.”
He continued: “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 A.J. 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 importantly, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future.”
“We are surely not the same kids who had a dream 40 years ago to become ‘rock stars,'” he continued. “We carry the scars to prove it. We are adults who run a business, and businesses must go on, even through a curtain of tears.”
All Twisted Sister concerts this year will feature the band’s current lineup of lead vocalist Dee Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, guitarist Eddie Ojeda and drummer Mark Portnoy.