TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French has made a statement regarding the funeral arrangements for drummer AJ Pero, who passed away last week, plus more issues. Read the full statement below:
“At the request of the family, the services for AJ will be held privately. Both the family and the band are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from all corners of the world for AJ.
We now realize that, if you met him once, he made you feel like he was your friend forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked us to advise anyone who wants to do something in AJ’s memory, to make a donation in his name to the American Heart Association.
If you still feel the need to send flowers for the service, you may contact Carroll Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly we have noticed merchandise items for sale with AJ’s name and the bands logo with his birth and death dates. These are all phony companies trading on AJ’s death. They do not represent us or the family. If you are buying any items thinking any of the money is going to either the family or the American Heart Association, you will be wasting your money. Please avoid.
We have received amazing support from some of the best drummers in the world who we all (especially AJ) know and love, offering to help us in any way. We thank you for those kind words of support. Knowing you are there makes our lives and choices a little easier. We know that your offers and heart are in the right place and it means so much to the band.
Please note: There is no opening for an audition as many outside our inner circle have insensitively emailed us during this time of mourning. There will be none either. Please do not contact us in this regard.
Having said that, to all AJ’s drummer, musician and industry buddies, and you know who you are, we can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful things you have said, feelings you have expressed and respect to our brother you have shown. You all represent a community of talent and professionalism that is unparalleled in the music world and we know that it has put a big smile of AJ’s face.
-Jay Jay French”