Twisted Sister to embark on farewell tour with drummer Mike Portnoy

After 42 years together, hair metal icons Twisted Sister are calling it quits in 2016 after embarking on its “Forty And Fuck It” tour with The Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy.

The farewell tour will feature the core lineup of vocalist Dee Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, bassist Mark Mendoza, and guitarist Eddie Ojeda with Portnoy taking over drumming duties for AJ Pero, who died of a heart attack last month while on tour with his other band, Adrenaline Mob, which Portnoy was also a member.

TMZ reports that the band decided to call it quits after one last go round, just one week before Pero’s untimely passing.

However, before the tour, the band will pay tribute to Pero by performing two benefit shows this year. The first is on June 13th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the show with all proceeds to benefit Pero’s family. Tickets go on sale April 8th at 10 am EST through AXS.com. The second show has yet to be announced.

On March 21st, one day after Pero’s death, Portnoy joined French and Adrenaline Mob on stage at the Starland Ballroom to perform the Twisted Sister classic “You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll” as a tribute to Pero.

“We will honor AJ during our shows this year.”

One week later, French penned a letter to fans called “Saying Goodbye to AJ Pero” in which he states, “We will honor AJ 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 important, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future.”

Twisted Sister has a number of projects lined up for this year including the upcoming release of their documentary, Twisted F*ckin’ Sister; a three-CD package of live concerts recorded between 1979 and 1983 and a live concert recording of the band’s only U.S. show this year in Las Vegas on May 30th with Extreme, Great White and Skid Row. The event will filmed in 3D for an upcoming cinema release, TV broadcast and released on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, vinyl and as a box set.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.