Pero died at the age of 55 while on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus on March 20, he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, New York hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack.
Writing on his blog at his blog at Preview.inc.com, Jay Jay said: “I realize that our collective history is so long, so deep, so intertwined that A.J.’s death has shaken us to the core. 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.”
Jay Jay added: “We are surely not the same kids who had a dream 40 years ago to become ‘rock stars.’
“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.”
A couple of days after Pero’s death, TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider told a TMZ cameraman that the group would “probably” would keep playing, “for [A.J.’s] family, because his family will benefit from us playing, financially.”