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WE FIRST MET ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando when he was
one of the ten finalists in Guitar Player’s
2008 Guitar Superstar competition.
He was frightening. Orlando’s speed,
technique, and frenetic stage presence
left many of the judges wowed but
speechless. There was simply nothing
to say—Orlando had put it all out there
in his playing. Adrenaline Mob—featuring
Dream Theater drummer Mike
Portnoy—recently released an EP of
covers entitled Coverta [Caroline].
I hear your recording chops are
almost as fast as your solos.
We don’t mess around. Two days of
drums, two days of guitars, a couple
of days of vocals, and then a mix day.
We were done in two weeks, mastered
it, and moved on.
The Doors were typically about
casting spells, but Adrenaline Mob’s
version of “Break on Through (to the
Other Side)” is total aggression.
We go at it, yeah [laughs]. The drum
and bass part was a really cool idea of
Mike’s, but the minute the band comes
in full force—boom!—you know it’s
the Doors, and you know it’s Adrenaline
You’re an extremely fast player, but
you restrained yourself from recasting
some classic solos in your style,
opting instead to stick close to the
original parts. Why?
You can’t mess with greatness. We
picked iconic songs, and you run the
risk of getting trampled on if you do
things a different way. Also, I’m a big
fan of these bands—Van Halen, Led
Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Heart, Dio—
and this was all about honoring their
songs, not blowing some crazy stuff.
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