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Adrenaline Mob rocks Schriever

By Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Adrenaline Mob members, Mike Orlando and Russell Allen, play an acoustic set for Schriever members in the 50th Space Wing Headquarters Building April 1. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Roger)

But, the gig was no April Fool’s Day joke and more than 100 Schriever members were treated to a short acoustic set in the atrium, following the band’s tour of the Global Positioning System operations here.

Adrenaline Mob is a band comprised of current and past members of bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Disturbed and Sonic Stomp.

“The band was something that I had been working on for a while,” said Mike Orlando, the band’s guitarist.

Orlando had been working with Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen on another project and shared some other songs he had been working on for years.

“I had been writing with Russ for a while on something different; I brought him some of the material I had, he sang on it and that was it. That was the key that turned the engine,” said Orlando.

That engine would eventually rev up to be Adrenaline Mob.

Although Orlando and Allen had the majority of their first release put together already, the two decided it was time to go farther and put together a full band.

Allen decided to send their five-song release to Mike Portnoy, the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold and long time drummer for the band Dream Theater. After hearing the sample, Portnoy e-mailed back two words; “I’m in.”

“In all caps too,” Allen added, as he recalled putting the band together. “That was pretty cool.”

After Portnoy complemented the group, a few other members chimed in for brief stints leaving the band short one member.

Portnoy, during a tour as the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold, reached out to Disturbed’s bass player John Moyer, and asked him if he’d like to join the group.

Due to style differences Moyer was concerned how his music style would fit with the band.

“I was excited, I definitely wanted to be in a band with Mike knowing his talent level, but I just wasn’t sure it was the right fit for me,” he said.

After hearing the band’s material Moyer’s concerns were silenced.

“I did one audition and we jammed out one night and that was it,” said Moyer. “One thing led to another and now here we are, at your Air Force base.”

Many of the band’s members, having been on USO tours supporting deployed troops in the past, said it was their way of giving back.

“We’re very grateful for our troops overseas,” said Allen. “It’s always an honor [to play for military members] and the troops really appreciate it.”

The honor was mutual from the members of 2 SOPS who allowed the band members to get some hands on training during their tour as well.

“That was quite possibly the most unique tour 2 SOPS and GPS may have ever given and easily the coolest,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Ste. Marie, 2 SOPS commander. “All four band members were sincerely interested in GPS, asked some very tough questions and, above all, were supremely appreciative of the military members who serve our country each and every day.”

The band collectively thanked all the military members serving stateside and overseas.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Allen, whose father was a Navy Vietnam veteran. “Keep going. The mission’s not over.”

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