Long-time drummer Anthony Jude "A.J." Pero, of legendary heavy metal band Twisted Sister, passed away at the age of 55. Pero was a member of Twisted Sister from 1982 to 1986, from 1997 to 1998, and again from 2003 until his death. Pero performed on Adrenaline Mob's last two albums and recently joined Four By Fate, also featuring former Frehley's Comet members Tod Howarth and John Regan.
A trailer for We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!, the forthcoming movie about Twisted Sister club days by German filmmaker Andrew Horn, can be seen below. Horn has been working on it for more than five years, and production was supported with a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2013.
Twisted Sister will play a rare special warmup show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's 1984 album Stay Hungry on May 17th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey with special guests Stephen Pearcy of Ratt and Killcode.
Drummer Ritchie Teeter, who played in The Dictators and Twisted Sister, has died at the age of 61. Teeter joined the legendary punk band The Dictators in 1976 and appeared on their albums Manifest Destiny (1977) and Bloodbrothers (1978) before leaving the group in 1979. Teeter was also briefly a member of Twisted Sister for a few months in late 1980 and early 1981, but never appeared on a studio album with the band.
A new Twisted Sister video for the song "30", Twisted's first new song in 11 years recorded by the band for the 25th Anniversary Edition, is available online. Click here to check it out.
"30" was originally written by Dee Snider with Marc Beeman and Sharon Lawson for the reality series Gone Country. Dee says, "While '30' was my attempt at a country song for the show, the realization was that rock 'n' roll is a direct outgrowth of country music. Since '30' was written about my Twisted Sister experience, it seemed only natural for us to record it and rock it out."
As announced earlier, Twisted Sister are re-releasing "Stay Hungry" as part of the album's 25th Anniversary.
The new "Stay Hungry - 25th Anniversary Edition" includes the original album completely re-mastered plus a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track "30" recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup.
The following listening party links contain the entire re-mastered "Stay Hungry" version and two unreleased tracks, entitled "Death From Above" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" .
"Stay Hungry - 25th Anniversary Edition" will be available on June 30 through Rhino Records. All details here.
After rocking clubs from Los Angeles to New York City for more than a decade, Twisted Sister made its bones in 1984 with the quintet's second Atlantic Records release, a Top 20 album that stormed the charts with a string of hit singles and genre-bending videos. Rhino proudly wears a Twisted Sister pin on its uniform, celebrating the album's multi-platinum success with a 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. "Stay Hungry" 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30 from Rhino Records.
Twisted Sister have posted their new video online for the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas". The song features the vocal contributions of Lita Ford, in her first video in 20 years. You can check it out at the band's Myspace page. The song is featured on the "A Twisted Christmas" album, released in 2006. "A Twisted Christmas" is the band's very own holiday CD and DVD featuring 'twisted' versions of Christmas classics.
Twisted Sister's video for the track "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" has been posted online here.
The song has been selected as the new single from the band's "A Twisted Christmas" collection of metal versions of holiday classics, which came out on October 17 via Razor & Tie Records. The single will go for radio adds on November 27-28.
Twisted Sister's new album, "A Twisted Christmas", is currently streaming in it's entirety at this location.
The album was released on 17 October 2006
Upcoming Twisted Sister live dates/events include:
29 - Vintage Vinyl (in-store) in Fords, NJ
1 - The Myth in Minneapolis, MN
2 - Best Buy (in-store) in Maplewood, MN
5 - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
7 - House Of Blues in Chicago, IL
9 - Pepsi Roadhouse in Burgettstown, PA
12 - House Of Blues in Los Angeles, CA
14 - House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA
17 - Hard Rock in Orlando, FL
21 - Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD
22 - Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
23 - The House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ
Twisted Sister's cover version of 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' (written by Jimmy Boyd and released as a single in 1953) has been posted online at the band's official MySpace page here.
The track is part of the band's festive CD "A Twisted Christmas" which is due October 17th via Razor & Tie Records.
"A Twisted Christmas" (cover art) features the following tracklisting :
01. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
02. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
03. White Christmas
04. I'll Be Home For Christmas (featuring Lita Ford)
05. Silver Bells
06. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
07. Let It Snow
08. Deck The Halls
09. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)