A.J. Pero, 55, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, died Friday of an apparent heart attack, the band said.

Anthony Jude Pero powered the fast-paced sound of Twisted Sister. He was well-known for a scene in the video for 1984's "We're Not Gonna Take It" in which he struck a snare drum covered with glitter, sending it spraying into the air.

Twisted Sister Guitarist Jay Jay French said Mr. Pero was on tour with the band Adrenaline Mob, and members of that group were unable to rouse him on their bus Friday morning. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he died. - AP