mikepornoy As previously reported, Twisted Sister has announced a farewell tour called Forty and F**k It, which will include drummer Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob) honoring the recently departed A.J. Pero.

Portnoy said, “As a teenager growing up on Long Island in the late 70’s/early 80’s, Twister Sister were local legends to me (this was years before the rest of the world discovered them via MTV). Along with KISS and The Ramones, they are the quintessential New York band…true Empire State Rock & Roll Royalty! Almost 40 years and 10,000 gigs later, they are still one of the greatest live bands on earth and Dee Snider one of the greatest frontmen in the history of Rock. When their fallen brother AJ Pero tragically passed away last month, I didn’t hesitate a single moment when asked if I could help out with the remaining shows on their calendar. Not only because I love the band and will always be an S.M.F. at heart…but most importantly, because AJ was my friend and I want to honor his memory and the band’s legacy. It’s a strange twist of fate as AJ had stepped in and helped my old band (Adrenaline Mob) when I left…so I’m glad that I can now return the favor and help out his band in their time of need! It is my absolute honor to help out my fellow Long Island Rock & Roll Saviors, Twisted Fucking Sister!”

Twisted Sister tour dates with Mike Portnoy:

May 30th – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel
June 13th – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
June 19th – Halden, Norway – Tons Of Rock Festival
June 20th – Horsens, Denmark – State Prison Motorcycle Festival
June 27th – Piestany, Slovakia – TopFest
June 28th – Kavarna, Bulgaria – Kavarna Rock Festival
July 24th – Barcelona, Spain – Rock Fest

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  • Doug R. on

    Mike Portnoy, cheers!
    You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll! 🙂

  • Mr. Rock And Roll on

    Robot Boy, Mr. Clicketey Clacketey bass drums. Can’t wait to see this non-feeling drummer wreck the songs. If anyone can find a way to overplay We’re Not Gonna Take It, it’s this guy. He’s proof positive that You CAN Stop Rock And Roll. I know you gotta do these gigs guys, but Jesus H., there are others out there who would happily play in the vein of AJ and do the songs justice. Not this guy. He usurps all the feeling out of hard rock music. BOO.

    • Bill F. on

      Why even waste the effort with that hate? Seriously, man. It may not be your thing, but you’re just being an ass with that comment (aside from being factually wrong).

    • Mr. Rock And Roll on

      Bill F.: if you enjoy Snooze Theatre and the like, be my guest. I think Portnoy’s style is annoying as all get out. Like guitar players that play a zillion notes a minute, he is the angry bee of drumming. Totally and completely devoid of anything emotional, all music sheet-type nonsense. Want technical with oodles of emotion? try Billy Cobham. I’m just flabbergasted that TS would choose this overrated popcorn machine. So call me an ass, I don’t care. I am pretty damned sure I’m not alone by a long shot concerning my opinion.

  • Coredrum on

    I don’t see this working…Portnoy would be the last guy I would think would be calked on to to this. Completely different styles and I agree with Mr. rock and Roll that Portnoy doesn’t have the feel for this kind of stuff…maybe I’m wrong but this is like Neil Peart playing with Ratt…but what gig has Portnoy ever turned down??

    • Mr. Rock And Roll on

      Portnoy does multiple gigs because his style is instantly forgettable due to his lack of emotive investment in his instrument. He needs to make a lot of money quick because the clock is ticking and before you know it, he will be a footnote in the history of metal. It’s just beyond me as to why this guy has all this praise heaped upon him. He doesn’t deserve it. Gimme a good laid bak, behind the beat wallop in a song (Bill Ward, anyone?) that can crack your ribs any day over some Professor that paradiddles people to death. You can be fast and technical and still pack an emotive punch. Ian Paice is one example.

  • J J on

    Involved in another fill-in situation…….. I’m confused when he left DT he said he needed a break, then for a short period of time he joined Avenged, immediately after DT. Publicly, it doesn’t appear he needed a break – sounds like he got very tired of the DT routine / recipe. At this point, it’s starting to appear like the KISS corny vibe with Portnoy. Every time some vacancy opens up in a band or some public drum function comes around – here he comes. It’s great to be visual, but it’s a bit much at this point.

  • nick look on

    What is wrong you none Portnoy fans my gosh he’s overrated, he lacks emotion. Seeing Portnoy live I thought he was one of the most animated drummers I ever seen.

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