Twisted Sister Guitarist Jay Jay French Fears The Sudden Death Of Drummer A.j. Pero Will Signal The End For The Glam Rockers.
Pero suffered a massive heart attack and died while touring the U.S. with Adrenaline Mob last week (ends20Mar15), and although frontman Dee Snider has assured fans the band will continue and perform in the late rocker's memory, guitarist French is not so sure.
He tells rock DJ Eddie Trunk, "We've got to sit down and plan what we're going to do, because we've got this DVD in Vegas that's supposed to be filmed at the end of May. The band's thinking about putting a plan together to figure out if maybe it's time to bow out.
"We're going to discuss the near term, which is the concert in Vegas on May 30th, then we'll discuss getting through the shows in Europe this year. And then we'll talk about the long term which is, 'Is 2016 going to be a statement year for us?' It's the 40th anniversary of me, Dee and Eddie Ojeda getting together. It may be time.
"We are trying to confront the reality of it because I don't want to be in this forever."
French also reveals Pero told him he was struggling with shoulder issues before he hit the road with Adrenaline Mob, and he was planning to have surgery to correct the problem once the tour ended.
French adds, "He said, 'There's one thing you have to know. My shoulder's been bothering me and I'm leaving the Adrenaline Mob tour. So when you hear I'm not on the tour, there's no problem - it's just my shoulder. I'll get into rehab in the summer'. I think that shoulder pain wasn't the muscle strain - it was indicative of something far worse."