ADRENALINE MOB — the new band featuring former DREAM THEATER/AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike Portnoy, SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZY axeman Rich Ward — has been confirmed as one of the support acts for GODSMACK on the Massachusetts group’s post-Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festivalheadlining run throughout North America in August.
Commented Portnoy: “I’d like to personally thank Sully [Erna, GODSMACK singer] and everyone in the GODSMACK camp for offering the MOB these dates without our album even being out yet! It shows a tremendous amount of BALLS as well as faith in the music and live energy of ADRENALINE MOB to do that and they will forever be held as seriously cool MF’s in my book for that! Good karma pays itself back elevenfold!”
In addition to the GODSMACK dates, ADRENALINE MOB will play several exclusive club shows throughout the run to give fans an intimate live preview of the band.
To coincide with the tour, ADRENALINE MOB will release a four-song EP in August, to be followed by the band’s full-length debut at the start of 2012.
GODSMACK with ADRENALINE MOB tour dates:
Aug. 16 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Aug. 20 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Grandstands
Aug. 21 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Colisseum
Aug. 23 – Dubuque, IA – Five Flags Arena
Aug. 24 – Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Colisseum
Aug. 26 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
Aug. 27 – Grand Junction, CO – Rock Jam
Professionally filmed video footage of ADRENALINE MOB performing a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic “The Mob Rules” on June 24 at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City can be seen below.
A review of ADRENALINE MOB‘s concert at the Hiro Ballroom — which marked the group’s first-ever live performance — can be found at NY Hard Rock Music Examiner.
In a March 2011 interview, Russell described ADRENALINE MOB as “a straight-up rock band with just rock songs — kind of like an edgy, modern kind of sound. It’s not progressive or trying to be too metal or anything — it’s just good, old crunchy rock stuff.” He added, “I think it will be really well received by people who like to hear that kind of stuff. This is a new thing for Portnoy and myself, too. I’ve always done kind of done stuff with AYREON, but that’s more of a vintage-y vibe, but nothing like this, which is kind of modern-sounding, almost like ROB ZOMBIE meets BLACK LABEL SOCIETY meets DISTURBED, [but] with [Ronnie James] Dio singing. It’s all this kind of craziness. So it’s definitely different and it’s cool.”
Speaking to MetalSymphony.com, Orlando stated about ADRENALINE MOB, “This band is not in the vein of SYMPHONY X or DREAM THEATER. It’s more along the lines of, say, ROB ZOMBIE, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SHINEDOWN… with Russell‘s absolute pipes from hell and Mike just outright killing it on the kit. The guitar is really rocking and has some pretty insane moments, but it’s a song-oriented band and that’s the most important aspect before anything.” He continued, “Russell and I have an amazing writing chemistry together and he is one of my closest and dearest friends. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with such a great talent as Russell on every level.’ He added, “Mike is just unbelievable. His playing is beyond words at times. He’s the utmost professional musician but also one of the nicest and coolest guys I have ever met and played with. It’s an honor to call him my bandmate, to say the least, and I look forward to ripping it up every night out there with Mike and Russ and the guys!”
Photo credit: Joe LaRusso