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Mike Orlando Featured in Latest Guitar Player

Posted on July 12th, 2013 by MDuffy

By: Jimmy Smith

Guitar Player magazine caught up with Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando to touch on his band’s recently released EP of covers, Coverta.

Inside the July issue, the Charvel artist explains what it’s like covering the Door’s “Break on Through (to the Other Side),” and how he was very cautious in covering classic guitar solos from greats like Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Black Sabbath.

“You can’t mess with greatness,” he said. “We picked iconic songs, and you run the risk of getting trampled on if you do things a different way.”

For more on this interview, order Guitar Player magazine here.

Adrenaline Mob Cover Sabbath, Zeppelin at the Roxy

Posted on April 9th, 2013 by MDuffy

Metal Assault was on hand at a recent Adrenaline Mob at the Roxy in Hollywood, and they were able to capture several performances on film.

The all-star band played tracks from their debut full-length Omertà and their 2013 covers album Coverta.

Watch Adrenaline Mob perform their own single “Undaunted” and two covers – Black Sabbath’s “Mob Rules” and Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song” in the clips after the jump (more…)

Adrenaline Mob Covers Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight’

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by MDuffy

With their latest EP Covertá (due March 12), the members of Adrenaline Mob have covered eight of their favorite tracks, with offerings ranging from Heart to Dio.

The band — which features Russell Allen of Symphony X, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy, John Moyer of Disturbed and Mike Orlando of Sonic Stomp — will also kick off a U.S. tour on March 12.

Leading up to Coverta‘s release, Adrenaline Mob dropped a video of the tracking of Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” that features a searing solo from Orlando. (more…)

Watch Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando Shred in Sweden

Posted on September 12th, 2012 by MDuffy

During a stop in Switzerland of Adrenaline Mob’s summer European tour, a fan at Z7 in Prattein captured excellent footage of a blistering guitar solo from Mike Orlando.

Check out Orlando’s axe-work in the clip below, and visit Adrenaline Mob’s official Facebook page for more information.

Adrenaline Mob Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Posted on April 12th, 2012 by Pauline France

New York rock band Adrenaline Mob recently announced a series of European tour dates, and fans in America can now catch a show after the band announced a U.S. co-headlining tour with fellow rockers Kill Devil Hill.

The tour starts in Cleveland, Ohio on May 10, and wraps up on May 22 in Charlotte, N.C. Tour dates are below:

May 10 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
May 11 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Show
May 13 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 15 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
May 16 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
May 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
May 21 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
May 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend

Visit for more info.

Adrenaline Mob Announce European Tour Dates

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Pauline France

After ripping through the U.S. with a killer set of shows on the heels of their debut full-length album, Omertà, Adrenaline Mob released European tour dates that kick off in June and wrap up a month later in July.

The dates are:

Jun. 08 – Sweden Rock – Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 10 – Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland
Jun. 12 – Studio Club – Krakow, Poland
Jun. 14 – MMC Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
Jun. 15 – Pesca Music Club – Budapest, Hungary
Jun. 16 – Szene – Vienna, Austria
Jun. 17 – Conrad Sohm – Dornbirn, Austria
Jun. 18 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Jun. 20 – Orion – Rome, Italy
Jun. 21 – Gods Of Metal – Milan, Italy
Jun. 23 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessen, Belgium
Jun. 24 – Maroquinerie- Paris, France
Jun. 25 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, GER
Jun. 26 – Knust – Hamburg, GER
Jun. 29 – King Tuts – Glasgow, UK
Jun. 30 – Moho Live – Manchester, UK
Jul. 01 – Academy2 – Birmingham, UK
Jul. 02 – The Junction – Cambridge, UK
Jul. 03 – Koko – London, UK
Jul. 05 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, GER
Jul. 06 – Theaterfabrik – Munich, GER
Jul. 07 – Matrix – Bochum, GER
Jul. 08 – Bospop – Weert, Netherlands

Tickets to the European tour are already on sale, so be sure to catch the band live by buying tickets here.

In addition, Adrenaline Mob will play an overtime show for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage on April 7.  The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with performances by Natural Ear Music School bands The Next Day and Arisen.

The Natural Ear Music School is owned and operated by Adrenaline Mob bassist John Moyer and teaches kids to play rock by ear.  The school was established in Austin, Texas in 1991 will open a school in San Antonio this summer.

Preview New Adrenaline Mob Tracks

Posted on February 29th, 2012 by MDuffy

With two weeks until their new album – Omertà - drops, Adrenaline Mob is allowing fans to preview several songs off the release via their official Facebook page.

Check out “Come Undone,” ”Angel Sky,” “All On The Line,” ”Feelin’ Me” and ”Indifferent” by clicking here.

Adrenaline Mob is a supergroup made up of shredder Mike Orlando, Symphony X singer Russell Allen, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Disturbed bassist John Moyer.

Omertà marks Adrenaline Mob’s first full-length album and is due March 13.

In the meantime, check out some fan-shot footage of guys playing the lead single off the record, “Undaunted:”

Adrenaline Mob Announces New Bassist

Posted on February 8th, 2012 by MDuffy

Adrenaline Mob – also consisting of guitarist Mike Orlando, singer Russel Allen (Symphony X) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) – announced some big news on Wednesday via their Facebook page, as Disturbed bassist John Moyer will be joining the supergroup.

Moyer will be making his onstage debut with the group on March 12 at New York City’s Hiro Ballroom, a day before they release their debut full-length, Omertá.

“Mike Portnoy called me about auditioning for his new band Adrenaline Mob,” Moyer said in a statement. “He had heard through the grapevine that I was looking to stay busy while Disturbed is on hiatus. After jamming with Russ, MO, and Portnoy, the chemistry as musicians was undeniable. I am super stoked about joining ‘The Family’ and I can’t wait to hit the road with these guys and see what kind of musical mayhem we can create!”

Orlando, who also performs with Tred and Sonic Stomp, also recently sat down to run through his main guitar collection from the studio, picking up a Desolation Series axe, a So-Cal and a San Dimas.

Orlando then played “Shaga Duga” off Sonic Stomp II.

Check out the shredding action below:

2012 Charvel Showcase At NAMM: Recap

Posted on January 24th, 2012 by MDuffy

The 2012 Charvel Showcase at NAMM brought out the best of shredders.

Not only did the booth at the Anaheim Convention Center feature the Desolation series – including the new Soloist and Star models – several heavy-hitters of the guitar world stopped by.

RATT’s Warren DeMartini was one of the first.  DeMartini participated in an autograph signing on Friday, and then stuck around for the weekend to mingle with fans.

In addition, the Charvel Showcase hosted a five-man autograph session on Saturday, with Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando, Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie, Brian Nutter of Keith Urban’s band, and Winds of Plague’s Nick Piunno and Nick Eash all inking pictures.

When the guys weren’t signing, they messed around on Charvel axes, passing around the guitar in a round-robin of audio acrobatics.

Below is video of Orlando, Nassie and Nutter each taking their turn:




Adrenaline Mob To Drop Debut Album In March

Posted on January 6th, 2012 by MDuffy

After releasing a self-titled EP last August, Adrenaline Mob has their debut full-length scheduled to drop on March 13.

Titled Omertá, the album will be released by the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services.

With Mike Orlando shredding his guitar, Russell Allen (Symphony X) handling vocals and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) destroying the drums, Omertá contains 11 tracks, including fan favorites “Psychosane,” “Believe Me” and “Down To The Floor.”

There is also a blistering interpretation of Duran Duran’s classic “Come Undone” that features guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

The supergroup will be heading out on tour this spring in support of the album, but no dates have officially been announced.

For more information, visit Adrenaline Mob’s official website.

Track listing for Omertá:

01. ‘Undaunted’
02. ‘Psychosane’
03. ‘Indifferent’
04. ‘All on the Line’
05. ‘Hit the Wall’
06. ‘Feelin’ Me’
07. ‘Come Undone’ (Ft. Lzzy Hale)
08. ‘Believe Me’
09. ‘Down to the Floor’
10. ‘Angel Sky’
11. ‘Freight Train’

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