MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel joined ADRENALINE MOB on stage on July 3 at Slim’s in San Francisco, California to perform cover versions of “Rebel Yell” (BILLY IDOL) and “The Mob Rules” (BLACK SABBATH). Fan-filmed video footage of the “Rebel Yell” performance can be seen below.
ADRENALINE MOB is the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar).
The group’s third studio album, “We The People”, was released on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014’s “Men Of Honor” is the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature the band’s new drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky (of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).
As the title “We The People” indicates, there’s a political side to ADRENALINE MOB. Throughout their years as a musicians and songwriters, they hadn’t stayed silent on matters significant. Whether they were masked in metaphor or flatly conspicuous, they’ve always poured their feelings into song. It was, as Orlando puts it, a form of catharsis. So, as they were watching the presidential campaigns, feeling the negativity — the constant bickering and finger pointing — they knew ADRENALINE MOB‘s next venture would be affected. In fact, the first song Orlando began writing for “We The People” was the politically charged rocker “Blind Leading The Blind”. “The title track is very much inspired by the past election year,” confirms Allen. “It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times. The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own. Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today and some are about having a good time, being free and loving rock ‘n’ roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them.”
ADRENALINE MOB and TWISTED SISTER drummer A.J. Pero died in March 2015 of a heart attack.
Bassist John Moyer, who has been a member of DISTURBED since 2004, joined ADRENALINE MOB in February 2012 and appeared on the band’s “Covertà” EP (2013) and “Men Of Honor” album (2014).
Drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) quit ADRENALINE MOB in June 2013 due to “scheduling conflicts.”
In a recent interview with I’m Music Magazine, Orlando stated about ADRENALINE MOB‘s lineup changes: “We’ve had a few member changes and, unfortunately, the passing of A.J., but we had no choice but to get someone else behind the kit. We’ve been very fortunate and we have someone really incredible in Jordan Cannata with us now. I think of it as turning the page and starting something better; write a better paragraph than the page before. To me, it’s always moving forward and trying to do something better. The sound of the band has always been myself and Russell Allen; we’re the writing team and it’s been that way since day one. We’ve changed members on drums and bass, but that doesn’t affect the writing, because it stays between Russ and I.”
ADRENALINE MOB‘s 30-date U.S. tour kicked off on June 16 in Poughkeepsie, New York.