Adrenaline Mob

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Adrenaline Mob
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Adrenaline Mob in 2011
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active2011–present
Past members

Adrenaline Mob is an American heavy metal supergroup [1] formed in early 2011 by singer Russell Allen, guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Mike Portnoy. The band's current lineup consists of Allen, Orlando, and drummer Jordan Cannata.



The band was formed in early 2011 and had its first live performance on June 24, 2011, at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City, with the addition of bass player Paul Di Leo (Fozzy), and rhythm guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy). They released a YouTube video of a cover version of the Black Sabbath song "The Mob Rules" on June 27, 2011, to promote the band. On New Year's Eve 2011, Adrenaline Mob announced via their Facebook page that they would release their debut full-length studio album Omertà on March 13, 2012, and also revealed the album art. [2]

On January 7, 2012, the band announced the departures of Rich Ward and Paul Di Leo due to scheduling conflicts with their other bands. [3] On February 8, 2012, it was announced that John Moyer (Disturbed) was Adrenaline Mob's new bass player. Moyer made his on-stage debut with the group on March 12, at New York City's Hiro Ballroom, a day before the release of Omertà. [4]

On January 31, 2013, the band announced the release of an EP of cover songs entitled Covertá ; it was released on March 12, 2013.

On June 4, 2013, Portnoy announced via Adrenaline Mob's Facebook page that he would be playing four more shows with the band before departing. Portnoy cited scheduling conflicts that prevented him from being able "to fully commit to the band's future activities at the moment".

On December 3, 2013, the band announced that their second full-length album would be released on February 18, 2014, in North America and on February 24, 2014, internationally, and would be titled Men Of Honor. Portnoy was replaced by A. J. Pero of Twisted Sister. [5]

On August 4, 2014, Moyer informed his fans via Facebook and Twitter that he would not be joining Adrenaline Mob on an upcoming planned tour. In response, Adrenaline Mob announced that they were in search of a new bass player, effectively ending Moyer's tenure with the band. [6] Shortly after, the band selected Erik Leonhardt as its new bass player. On January 6, 2015, the group announced they would release a new covers album, Dearly Departed, through Century Media on February 9 in Europe (digital only) and on February 10 in North America. [7]

On March 20, 2015, drummer A.J. Pero was found unresponsive on the band's tour bus. Band members attempted but failed to wake him. The band was traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie. Pero was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead from an apparent heart attack. [8] [9] He was 55 years old. The next day, the band performed in New Jersey with several drummers filling in for Pero, including Chad Szeliga, Johnny Kelly, and former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy. [10]

On March 22, 2017, the band announced the release of a new album called We The People, with its title, album artwork and some songs inspired by the 2016 United States presidential election. They also announced a new bass player and drummer: David "Dave Z" Zablidowsky (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jeff Scott Soto band) and Jordan Cannata, respectively. [11]

On July 14, 2017, while traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida for a concert, the band's RV had pulled off I-75 in Micanopy, Florida due to a flat tire. It was then hit by a tractor trailer. Later that night, former drummer Mike Portnoy confirmed via Twitter that bassist David Zablidowsky had been killed. [12] [13] Band members Mike Orlando, Russell Allen, and Jordan Cannata were also seriously injured in the accident. [14] Janet "Jane Train" Rains, the band's tour manager, was seriously injured in the accident, suffering significant burns. She had been taken to the University of Florida Health Shands Burn Center in Gainesville, where she remained for five weeks until her death on August 23 as a result of her injuries. [15]

Band members


Adrenaline Mob


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Elm City Music/Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download [22]
Men of Honor
  • Released: February 18, 2014
  • Label: Elm City Music/Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download [24]
We the People
  • Released: June 2, 2017
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download>
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


TitleEP detailsPeak chart positions
Adrenaline Mob
  • Released: August 9, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Elm City Music/Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download [27]
Dearly Departed
  • Released: February 10, 2015
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download (Europe Only) [28]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Awards and nominations

Metal Hammer Awards (GER)

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012Adrenaline MobBest DebutNominated

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