Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Contemplates Band’s Future After Death Of A.J. Pero
French, who turned up at Adrenaline Mob's tribute to Pero over the weekend, told Trunk that the drummer had been complaining of shoulder pain, but was unaware of any heart issues with the musician. "Drummers are like … They're the most 'Oh, my arm, my shoulder.' That kind of thing," said French. "Put the Bengay on and take the aspirin. But that's stuff that you just figured were like battle scars -- that kind of thing. I didn't know the extent that he had heart problems. He never confided in me."
The guitarist told Trunk [as transcribed by Blabbermouth], "Here's the ironic thing … On Thursday [March 19], I had to call him because I had to bring him up to date on what was going on with the band cause so much stuff is happening. We've got a documentary coming out this year on the beginning of the band history. We've got like three CDs coming out with live stuff from back in the day. A.J.'s on one of them. The Donington concert's coming out for the first time on CD. And I said to A.J., 'You know we've got to really sit down and plan what we're gonna do, because we've got this DVD in Vegas that's supposed to be filmed at the end of May, and the band's thinking about, you know, maybe we should put a plan together to figure out … you know maybe it's time to bow out."
French says that Pero confided that his shoulder had been bothering him and that he was planning to leave the Adrenaline Mob tour, but that he was planning to rehab his shoulder to be ready for a proposed summer run. The guitarist recalls, "He goes, 'Don't worry about anything. All the dates are good. I'm good. Everything's good.' I said, 'Okay.' I said, 'When are you home?' He said, 'I'm playing The Chance and then I'm home Sunday.' And I said, 'Let's get together Monday.' He says, 'You've got it brother.' That was it."
As for the future of Twisted Sister, French stated, "Dee [Snider] is flying in tomorrow and we're having a meeting on Wednesday. And we're gonna discuss several things. We're gonna discuss the near term, which is the concert in Vegas, which is May 30. And we're gonna discuss the middle term, which is getting through the shows in Europe this year. And then we're gonna [discuss] the long term, which is, is 2016 gonna be a statement year for us? Is it gonna be? Are we gonna say? Cause 2016 is the 40th anniversary of me, Dee and Eddie [Ojeda] together. And it may be time. It may be."
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