Musicians often find alternate creative outlets. Aside from musical compatibility, personalities and egos, a major threat to these projects is scheduling - and it's not the sort of thing that can be resolved by Outlook Calendar. A musician's main band still requires a lot of time and attention - even to the determent of the new project.
Adrenaline Mob was formed by singer Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) in early '11. Months later, having added bassist Paul Di Leo (Fozzy), and rhythm guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy), Adrenaline Mob gave their first live performance at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City.
But Ward and Paul Di Leo, with Adrenaline Mob for less than a year, bailed due to scheduling conflicts with their other bands. That opened the door for bassist John Moyer (Disturbed). Interestingly, he made his onstage debut with the group in '12 at the Hiro Ballroom, a day before the release of the band's full-length debut album, "Omerta." The set contained originals and a Metal cover of Duran Duran's "Come Undone."
A covers EP entitled "Coverta" dropped in '13. It featured renditions of The Doors' "Break On Through To The Other Side," Heart's "Barracuda" and Led Zeppelin's "Lemon Song." Just months later, Portnoy announced his exit prior to a Latin American tour supporting Halestorm.
"Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band's future activities at the moment," Portnoy wrote on Facebook. "As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don't want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity."
Portnoy's other supergroup project, The Winery Dogs, with bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Richie Kotzen, was about to release their self-titled debut.
"I'm very proud of what we started together and the music we (Adrenaline Mob) made over the past two years and I wish the guys all the best in the future," added Portnoy.
"Men of Honor" was the title of Adrenaline Mob's sophomore full-length set. It was the group's first release with Portnoy's replacement, A. J. Pero.
'Scheduling conflicts' reared its head again when Moyer announced, via Facebook (the favored medium for bad news), that he would be unavailable for a planned '14 tour. The statement seemed to catch Adrenaline Mob by surprise, though Moyer claimed he told the group of his decision three weeks earlier.
Moyer returned to Disturbed who had been on an extended hiatus.
A short time later, the group selected ex-Tantric bassist Erik Leonhardt to take over from Moyer for a US tour in support of "Men Of Honor."
Next, Adrenaline Mob released another covers album, "Dearly Departed." The '15 set included their versions of "Snortin' Whiskey" (Pat Travers), "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (Charlie Daniels Band) and "Tie Your Mother Down" (Queen) plus acoustic takes on songs from "Men Of Honor" and "Omerta." "Gets You Through The Night" was a previously unreleased track from "Men Of Honor" sessions.
"Dearly Departed" seemed ironic in light of Pero's passing later in the year of an apparent heart attack at age 55. A day later (3/21), Portnoy rejoined his former bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey dedicated to Pero.
Jordan Cannata became Adrenaline Mob's permanent drummer.
2011 Adrenaline Mob EP
2013 Coverta EP
2014 Men Of Honor
2015 Dearly Departed