Q: It seems like a lot of bands are releasing covers albums these days. ANTHRAX is going to release one, and THE MELVINS are also doing it. How did the idea for Coverta come about?
Mike: "You know, it got presented to us by management. From my recollection, we all had a big meeting with the record companies, and our new manager came up with this whole plan. It’s not like we ever envisioned doing it, but what a great opportunity to get to pay tribute to some of the greatest rock bands out there! They’re some of our idols and for me it’s an honor doing Eddie Van Halen and all these greats like BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, DIO and HEART. There is so much great music and history, it was such a blast for me personally."
Q: The track listing is very cool. It has great songs from start to finish. How did you pick that? Did everyone get a say in it?
Mike: "Some of them were no-brainers. Myself and Russell Allen had been performing ‘High Wire’ (BADLANDS) for years together before Adrenaline Mob existed. He used to come up in my SONIC STOMP shows, my instrumental band, and he would close the night and just rip people’s faces off singing that tune (laughs). So we’ve been doing that for a while, and Jake E Lee is one of my hugest influences, one of my favorite guitar players, and same goes with Ray Gillen for Russell. So that was a no-brainer. ‘Stand Up And Shout’ (Dio) we’ve been doing in the Adrenaline Mob set since the first show we ever did, and the same with ‘Mob Rules’ (Black Sabbath), obviously. Mike came up with some really cool things from left field. ‘Kill The King’ (RAINBOW) me and Russ had been playing as well, and it’s one of our favorites as well. ‘Barracuda’ (Heart) was from left field. Mike picked a great tune there that I wouldn’t have envisioned us doing but once we got into it, it was great. ‘Break On Through’ (THE DOORS) was a track picked it just because I’m a huge fan of The Doors. I grew up on them since I was a little kid and I’m still a big fan. I always wanted to record a slammin’ version of it. ‘The Lemon Song’ (Led Zeppelin) was Russell’s. He’s a huge Robert Plant fan and we’re all huge Led Zeppelin fans. And ‘Romeo Delight’ (VAN HALEN) was a great pick and I’m really glad Mike picked that one, but I wouldn’t say no to any Eddie Van Halen/David Lee Roth track (laughs). To me that’s like holy grail territory right there. Pick anyone, go for it! I love Eddie."
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On March 12th, Adrenaline Mob will issue an eight-song EP titled Coverta, featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs. Guitar World has posted the first of many videos to come offering a behind-the-scenes inside look at the album. The first clip features the band tracking VAN HALEN's 'Romeo Delight':
The Coverta artwork and tracklisting are as follows:
'High Wire' (BADLANDS)
'Stand Up And Shout' (DIO)
'Break On Through' (THE DOORS)
'Romeo Delight' (VAN HALEN)
'Kill The King' (RAINBOW)
'The Lemon Song' (LED ZEPPELIN)
'The Mob Rules' (BLACK SABBATH)
To mark the release of Coverta, Adrenaline Mob will resume touring in the US, confirmed shows are as follows:
12 - New Haven CT - Toads Place
13 - New York NY - Marlin - Webster Hall
14 - Pittsburgh PA - Altar Bar
15 - Allentown PA - Crocodile Rock
16 - West Springfield VA - Empire
18 - Jacksonville FL - Brewster’s Roc Bar
19 - Tampa FL - Orpheum
20 - Orlando FL - The Haven
22 - Houston TX - Scout Bar
23 - San Antonio TX - Backstage Live
24 - Dallas TX - Trees
25 - Abilene TX - The Lucky Mule
27 - Phoenix AZ - Joe's Grotto
28 - San Diego CA - Brick By Brick
29 - Las Vegas NV - Cheyenne Saloon
30 - Los Angeles CA - Roxy
1 - Colorado Springs CO - Black Sheep
2 - Kansas City KS - The Voodoo Lounge
4 - St Louis MO - Fubar
5 - Nashville TN - Exit IN
6 - Atlanta GA - Masquerade
7 - Richmond VA - Kingdom