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
Portnoy: Unlike most of my other bands and projects, I was not the matchmaker; I was actually one of the chosen ones (by them). It began with Mike Orlando and Russell Allen, who were already working on the material for at least a year prior to my involvement. Russell and I had been friends for many, many years because I took SYMPHONY X out with DREAM THEATER on a couple of different tours, and he and I became good friends and always wanted to work together. Anyways, once my time with DREAM THEATER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD ended, and Russ knew that I was "available," he contacted me, and played me some of the stuff that he and Mike Orlando had been working on. Within literally one minute of hearing the first tune, I knew I was on board, and I immediately loved the whole vibe and the sound of it. So, once I came on board, the three of us kind of became the nucleus of the band, and at that point we brought Paul DiLeo and Rich Ward into the fold as well. That's how it all came together.