Adrenaline Mob

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Adrenaline Mob
Adrenaline Mob in 2011
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]

In January 2012, Adrenaline Mob announced the departures of Rich Ward and Paul Di Leo due to scheduling conflicts with their other bands.[3] John Moyer of Disturbed was later revealed as the band's new bass player. He made his on-stage debut with the group in March 2012 at New York City's Hiro Ballroom, a day before the release of Omertà.[4]

The band released an EP of cover songs entitled Covertá on March 12, 2013.

In June 2013, Mike 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".

The band released its second studio album, Men of Honor, on February 18, 2014, in North America and on February 24, 2014, internationally. Portnoy was replaced by A. J. Pero of Twisted Sister.[5]

In August 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. The group released a covers album, Dearly Departed, through Century Media on February 9, 2015, 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]

While traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida for a concert in July 2017, 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[edit]



Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Elm City Music/Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download[22]
70 46 58 84 36
Men of Honor
  • Released: February 18, 2014
  • Label: Elm City Music/Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download[24]
99 60 76
We the People
  • Released: June 2, 2017
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download>
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Title EP details Peak 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[edit]

Metal Hammer Awards (GER)

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Adrenaline Mob Best Debut Nominated


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  3. ^ "ADRENALINE MOB Part Ways With Ward, DiLeo".
  4. ^ "Adrenaline Mob Announce New Bassist, Disturbed's John Moyer".
  5. ^ "Adrenaline Mob Recruits Twisted Sister Drummer, Signs With Century Media –". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Adrenaline Mob Learned That Bassist John Moyer Was Sitting Out Their Tour Via Facebook". MetalSucks. August 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Adrenaline Mob To Release 'Dearly Departed' Album In February –". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. January 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "A.J. Pero dies at 55; drummer for heavy metal band Twisted Sister". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. March 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Dies At 55". March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mike Portnoy joins Adrenaline Mob for AJ Pero tribute". Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "Adrenaline Mob – We are pleased to announce our upcoming..." Facebook. March 22, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Austin L. Miller (July 14, 2017). "Truck slams into Adrenaline Mob's RV on I-75". The Gainesville Sun.
  13. ^ Portnoy, Michael. "@MikePortnoy". Twitter. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  14. ^ Austin L. Miller. "Truck slams into Adrenaline Mob's RV on I-75 – News – Gainesville Sun – Gainesville, FL". Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  15. ^ Chad Childers. "Adrenaline Mob Tour Manager Jane Train Dies at 48". Loudwire. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  16. ^ a b James Christopher Monger. "Adrenaline Mob – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic.
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  19. ^ Steffen Hung (March 30, 2012). "Swedish Charts Portal". Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  20. ^ Steffen Hung (March 24, 2012). "Dutch Charts". Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Finnish charts portal". Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  22. ^ "iTunes – Music – Omerta by Adrenaline Mob". iTunes. January 2012.
  23. ^ "Adrenaline Mob: 'Omertá' First Week Sales Revealed –". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. March 21, 2012.
  24. ^ "iTunes – Music – Men of Honor by Adrenaline Mob". iTunes. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014.
  25. ^ "Adrenaline Mob: 'Men Of Honor' First Week Sales Revealed –". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. February 26, 2014.
  26. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norwegian charts portal". Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  27. ^ "iTunes – Music – Coverta by Adrenaline Mob". iTunes. January 2013.
  28. ^ "iTunes – Music – Dearly Departed by Adrenaline Mob". iTunes. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015.

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