On Friday, March 20th the sad news was announced about longtime Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero passing away. He was currently on tour with Adrenaline Mob who he had joined not too long ago and recorded their “Men Of Honor” album. The band was currently rocking their fans with the newest album “Dearly Departed” when A.J. left us. On Saturday night, Adrenaline Mob would perform again and do so in honor of their fallen band mate. PiercingMetal’s good friend Nicole Geib was in attendance and shared several photos that she took from the barricade and a quick summary for our readers. I would have loved to be on point myself but had already scheduled coverage of the Enslaved show at Gramercy Theatre. Check it out below.
“Adrenaline Mob played a beautiful tribute show to AJ Pero last night at Starland Ballroom, and Mike Portnoy reunited with them to honor AJ. It was part of the Drowning Pool tour, but those guys really helped to honor AJ by wearing their Adrenaline Mob shirts while playing AND by letting Adrenaline Mob play last and headline the show. AJ was a truly wonderful, genuine, and kind man, and this show was really a beautiful tribute to him. AJ’s son even joined the guys on stage briefly, and received condolences from them. For the finale, Jay Jay French came on stage, grabbed his guitar, and they closed the show with Twisted Sister’s You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll. RIP AJ. Your memory will live on forever even though you could not.”
According to Setlist.fm, the band performed the following numbers during their set. Drummer Chad Szeliga played with the band at the beginning and Portnoy picked up the sticks from “Psychosane” until the obviously rousing closer with Jay Jay French. I’m not sure what the bands plans are going forward or if Mike P. will stick around for the remaining dates but we soon shall see. Thank you again Nicole for the words and images that you shared. It must have been quite a night of both honor and heartbreak.
1. Mob Is Back
2. Let It Go
3. Gets You Through the Night
4. Dearly Departed
5. The Devil Went Down to Georgia @Cover[35885131-9d16-40cb-9289-e18997a8b77c]
6. All on the Line @Info[Acoustic]
9. Feel the Adrenaline
10. Hit the Wall
12. The Mob Rules
13. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
Official Website: http://www.adrenalinemob.com
My “In Memorium” post about A.J. Pero can be found HERE for those who wish to check it out. Fan comments to this are still most welcome. I’ve said it before I am sure but I maintain that I will really miss his pounding style. Closing up let’s remember A.J. Pero for the awesome Metal music that he gave us. Some of the releases below will assist in that reflection.