BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/30/17
Tonight I am serving up another couple of KICK ASS SABBATH Covers!
Adrenaline Mob’s “Black Sabbath Medley” is a medley of the following Black Sabbath songs, Into the Void, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sweet Leaf, Killing Yourself to Live, and Electric Funeral. It comes from their album ‘Dearly Departed’ that was released in February of 2015 and is actually a mixture of both covers and a few rarities from the Adrenaline Mob vault. And the band is no stranger to Sabbath covers as they have also covered the Black Sabbath track, The Mob Rules as well as Dio’s Stand Up and Shout on their 2013 Covertà EP that consisted entirely of cover songs!
And if you aren’t familiar with Adrenaline Mob, they are a heavy metal supergroup that was orignally formed in early 2011 by singer Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). Over the years, the band has had a revolving door of musicians pass through it’s ranks. John Moyer, the bassist for Disturbed was also a member of the band for about two years, and Portnoy was later replaced by drummer A. J. Pero of Twisted Sister, who sadly on March 20, 2015, was found unresponsive on the band’s tour bus. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead from an apparent heart attack at the age of 55. And unfortunately tragedy has struck the band again! On July 14, 2017, the band’s RV was hit by a tractor trailer in Micanopy, Florida, while they were travelling to St. Petersburg for a concert. They had pulled off I-75 due to a flat tire. Their new bass player David “Z Rock” Zablidowsky (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jeff Scott Soto band) was killed. Mike Orlando, Russell Allen, and Jordan Cannata were also seriously injured in the accident. To continue his legacy, a David Z. Scholarship Fund has been created for the music school at Brooklyn College. The band had released a new album titled ‘We The People” back in June and as of right now they have kept pretty quiet after the incident most likely taking some much needed time off to heal and of course process what they have been through. Hopefully this hasn’t completely derailed them and they will recover soon and get back out there and do what they love to do… ROCK! Here’s wishing them well and hoping for the best!
Machine Head’s frontman Robb Flynn recorded and released, free an online cover of Black Sabbath’s Die Young, in honor of Debbie Abono and Ronnie James Dio’s passing! The song originally appeared on the Black Sabbath album ‘Heaven and Hell’, the first to feature Dio. Debbie Abono, was a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB) She was basically a Bay Area Metal Legend and she actually managed Robb Flynn and Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel when they were members of the band Vio-Lence. She too passed away after a battle with cancer on the same date as Ronnie James Dio (Sunday, May 16, 2010) She was 80 years old.