After losing drummer A.J. Pero to a heart attack on March 20, Twisted Sister is officially calling it a day. However, the hard rock band announced one final slew of live dates today, beginning with a pair of dates to honor the fallen member.
On May 30, the band will visit Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for a show that will be recorded for CD and DVD. Next up, they’ll play Sayreville, N.J.’s Starland Ballroom on June 13. Both performances are billed as A.J. Perro tribute concerts and will feature Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) on drums.
In 2016, the band will embark on one final tour, titled Forty and Fuck It, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. These shows will feature the band’s “core lineup” of vocalist Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda, and bassist Mark Mendoza. So far, no other details (such as dates, ticketing, etc.) have been announced.
Twisted Sister also noted it will fulfill its existing concert obligations for 2015, which includes five European festivals.
Their biggest hit was 1984’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which peaked at No. 21 on the Hot 100. Their original run ended in the late ‘80s. Since reforming in 1997, the band has released live albums, holiday albums, and rerecorded its 1984 LP Stay Hungry, in addition to playing live.