"And sure, maybe I've been a little bit that, too," he added.
Still, jumping into theater was a big step for him. Aside from playing club shows and concerts, Pereira doesn't have any real stage experience.
"No college, no high school. I've never done any of this before."
But switching gears was just too great an opportunity to pass up, and the experience for him has been amazing. The travel, for example, is very different from what he's used to.
"It's a whole new experience, traveling with an entire cast and crew," he said.
They travel by bus and airplane and stay in hotels.
"It's a very different than climbing into a van with a bunch of sweaty guys and barreling down the highway to your next club show. This is an amazing experience for me on so many levels."
He also loves the crowds, which aren't always regular theater audiences.
"Rock of Ages is about half music theater and about half rock concert," he said. "We get people dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song."
Which, he added, is sort of impressive. There are 28 songs in the show.
"Rock of Ages," with it's story about a small town girl and a city boy with big music dreams, draws from the raucous, leather and spandex-wrapped rock 'n' roll of the 1980s with songs taken from bands like Whitesnake, Styx, Journey and Poison.
"It's music so many people grew up with," Pereira said. "It's ingrained in the culture, and these songs are the big karaoke songs, you know, like 'Don't Stop Believin,' and 'Here I Go Again.' Those songs have been on 'The Sopranos' and 'Glee,' and a lot of this music is just everywhere."
Pereira said almost everyone is familiar with the songs in the show, whether they mean to be or not, and it's all just a lot of fun.
"It's a good show," he said. "We love putting smiles on people's faces every night."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.