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Died On This Date (March 20, 2015) A.J. Pero / Adrenaline Mob; Twisted Sister

Posted by themusicsover on March 20, 2015

Anthony “A.J.” Pero
October 14, 1959 – March 20, 2015

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A.J. Pero was a hard-hitting American drummer who is best remembered for his many years playing with Twister Sister, as well as his recent years behind the drums for Adrenaline Mob.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Pero took to the drums at an early age, and by the time he was in high school, he was playing in local bands.  In 1982, he joined Twisted Sister who, within two years, became one of the biggest bands in the world thanks to their hook-laden loud teen anthems and MTV-perfect videos.  Although Twisted Sister cringed at the “glam metal” moniker many placed on them, they were heavily influenced by such ’70s glam acts as KISS, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper.  Pero left to group in 1986, but returned for periodic reunions, and then permanently rejoined the group when they officially reformed in 2003.  In 2013, while still playing with Twisted Sister, he joined Adrenaline Mob, another hard and heavy band formed and fronted by Russell Allen of Symphony X fame.   It was while touring with Adrenaline Mob that A.J. Pero died of a heart attack on March 20, 2015.  He was 55 years old.

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Died On This Date (January 15, 2015) Kim Fowley / American Musician, Producer & Manager

Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2015

Kim Fowley
July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015

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Kim Fowley was an American producer, musician, singer, songwriter, manager, disc jockey, music publisher, and film maker who is perhaps best remembered for forming and managing the Runaways.  And legend has it that he was the one who created the phenomenon of lighting one’s match/lighter at a concert.  Born in Los Angeles, Fowley got into the music business during the ’60s, initially producing and publishing novelty hits like “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles (which was basically just Fowley with mostly anonymous studio musicians) and  “Popsicles and Icicles” by the Murmaids.  The list of artists he either produce or write/co-write songs reads like a who’s who of ’70s rock and pop. That list includes Gene VincentKISS, Warren Zevon, Cat Stevens, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, the Byrds, and Kris Kristofferson.  In 1975, he met Joan Jett who was looking to put an all-girl band together. A couple of weeks later, he met Sandy West outside of The Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd.  Fowley gave Jett’s phone number to West, and the Ruaways were born.  In 2010, Fowley was portrayed by Michael Shannon in the film, The Runaways.  During his final years, he could be heard sharing his vast knowledge of pop music and pop culture via his regular program on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM.  Kim Fowley was 75 when he died of bladder cancer on January 15, 2015.

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Died On This Date (March 9, 2012) Terry Teene / ’60s Rockabilly Singer

Posted by themusicsover on March 9, 2012

Terry Teene (Born Terence Knutson)
1942 – March 9, 2012

Terry Teene was an American singer, musician, and prolific songwriter who reportedly penned over 300 songs during his career. He personally claimed to have played on over 100 additional records and wrote songs under more than 70 different pen names.  Noteworthy records of his include “Pussy Galore” (written for, but unused in the James Bond film Goldfinger), “Just Wait Til I Get You Home,” and his biggest hit, 1960’s “Curse Of The Hearse.”  The latter went on to become a yearly staple on Dr. Demento’s annual Halloween radio programs.  Over the years, Teene shared the stage with Alice Cooper, the Kinks, and Cheap Trick, to name a few.  Away from music, Teene enjoyed a successful career as a clown – even writing books and teaching courses on the subject.  He also appeared in such films as Man On The Moon and Raging Bull.  On March 7, 2012, Terry Teene was seriously injured when he was hit by a tow truck while riding a bicycle.  He succumbed to his injuries on March 9, 2012.  He was 70.

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Died On This Date (February 14, 2012) Tonmi Lillman aka Otus / Drummer For Lordi

Posted by themusicsover on February 14, 2012

Tonmi Lillman
June 3, 1973 – February 14, 2012

Tonmi Lillman was a Finnish musician who is perhaps best remembered as the most recent drummer in the outrageous metal band, Lordi.  Formed in 1996, Lordi gained a worldwide fan base thanks in part to their elaborate monster costumes and live shows that drew influence from the likes of KISS and Alice Cooper.  Lillman joined the band in 2010 under the character name, Otus, and stayed with them until his passing.  He unfortunately never had the chance to play on one of their albums.  Other bands he played with include To/Die/For, Sinergy, and Kylähullut.  Lillman was an in-demand studio player as well, performing on countless hard rock albums throughout his career.  He was also a talented graphic artist who worked on package design and/or videos for Mind Of Doll, Vanguard, Sinergy, and many more.  Tonmi Lillman was 38 when he passed away on February 14, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (August 11, 2011) Jani Lane / Lead Singer Of Warrant

Posted by themusicsover on August 11, 2011

Jani Lane (Born John Oswald)
February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011

Jani Lane is perhaps best remembered as the front man and main lyricist for the wildly successful late ’80s / early ’90s hair metal band, Warrant who went on to sell over four million albums.  Lane was just barely out of diapers when he first learned to play the drums in Akron, Ohio, and by the time he was 11, he was performing at local clubs.  After graduating from high school, he joined his first proper band, Cyren, and by the mid ’80s, he was in the thick of L.A.’s exploding pop-metal scene with his own band, Plain Jane.  In 1986, Lane and band mate Steven Sweet joined forces with guitarist, Erik Turner in the latter’s up-and-coming glam metal band, Warrant.  The group quickly built a following throughout West Hollywood’s storied Sunset Strip clubs thanks in part to Lane’s commanding stage presence and talent as a songwriter.  It wasn’t long before they were signed to Columbia Records, who went on to release a string of hit albums that included the double-platinum sellers, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and Cherry Pie.  The colorful band fast became darlings of MTV with such videos “Down Boys” and “Cherry Pie,” and found themselves playing in front of countless screaming fans around the world.  Following the release of Warrant’s third album, Dog Eat Dog, Lane decided to leave the group, but returned the following year and continued on until 2004, only to leave again and return for one last time in 2008.  By the end of that year however, he was gone for good due to conflicts within the band.  Throughout the 2000s, Lane lent his vocal talents to several other projects, released a solo album, and was part of the hard rock supergroup of sorts, Saints of the Underground, which included members of Ratt and Alice Cooper’s band.  Lane also dabbled in acting, appearing such early ’90s films as Caged Fear and High Strung.  In 2005, he competed in VH1’s reality fitness program, Celebrity Fit Club where he lost 23 pounds.  On August 11, 2011, Jani Lane, age 47, was found dead in a Woodland Hills, California hotel room.  The Los Angeles Coroner’s office ultimately ruled that he died of acute ethanol poisoning.

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