Yesterday it was announced that H&M has started putting fake metal bands on their clothing to pander to alt folks who don’t know anything about the scene they’re half-assedly trying to emulate. Strong Scene Productions, sensing an opportunity to capitalize on the ignorance of fashionistas and metalheads alike, pretended to represent the fake bands advertised by H&M and released a compilation video containing the logos featured on one of their jackets. read more…
Today’s From The Vault is a sad one as we pay tribute to a drummer who left the metal world too soon. As we reported on Friday, Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer, A.J. Pero passed away at the age of 55, from a massive heart attack, as confirmed today by Twisted Sister, lead singer Dee Snider who also stated that Pero had advanced heart disease. Let’s take a look back at a legend gone too soon!
Born in Staten Island, NY, Anthony Jude Pero left his first high school when asked to cut his hair. While initially a jazz drummer, A. J. started gravitating to heavier music and joined Twisted Sister in 1981, after seeing them play at a club and heard they were in need of a drummer. After leaving in 1986, A.J. kept active, playing in different bands including joining Adrenaline Mob in 2012. He also played with Twisted Sister up until his death!
REST IN PEACE A.J.
Very sad news today, Twisted Sister announced on their official website that drummer AJ Pero has passed away. The official statement reads as follows:
“The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero
The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”
We will keep you posted as details become available. Rest in peace AJ.
According to a statement made by Swedish Viking metal band Amon Amarth earlier today, long-time drummer Fredrik Andersson has decided to leave the band. The brief statement reads as follows: read more…
Folk metalheads are my people. I love them, am endlessly aggravated by them, and enjoy making fun of them. They’re like the brothers and sisters I never had, so I’m going to channel Jeff Foxworthy a little and rag on them like only a fellow folk metal fan can. You might be a folk metalhead if… read more…
This Thursday marks the 33rd anniversary of Randy Rhoads death. Randy, who died in 1982, was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads who was afriad of flying went only because seamstress / hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart conditon and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy also loved photography and wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip however proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25 year old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself.