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Adrenaline Mob bassist David Z killed in accident

The group was en route to a gig in St. Petersburg, FL

Adrenaline Mob, Soto and Trans-Siberian Orchestra bassist David Zablidowsky, better known as David Z, was killed Friday night (July 15th) in an accident in Florida. Zablidowsky was the killed, and six others were injured, when a tractor trailer veered of Interstate 75 near Micanopy and struck the band’s RV and the van with a trailer carrying the group’s equipment. says the RV was pulled over on the side of the road to change a flat tire when the accident happened. A total of nine people were in the vehicles with singer Russell Allen, drummer Jordan Cannata and guitarist Mike Orlando listed listed in serious condition at UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center as of Friday night.

The group was heading to a scheduled gig in St. Petersburg, FL when the accident happened. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, but said the tractor trailer was hauling cooking oil when the driver plowed into the RV which caught fire where Zablidowsky died.

While there has been no official statement from Adrenaline Mob’s team, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has released the following statement via Facebook:

“We are terribly saddened with the passing of our talented friend, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Adrenaline Mob and ZO2 bass player, Dave Z (David Zablidowsky). Dave was so very special to our family and our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family, and all those affected by Friday’s tragic accident.”

Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy is taking the accident pretty hard. He found out the news following a gig in Germany Friday night.

“I’m really struggling with the death of my friend David Z…while ANY death is sad, horrible and tragic, this one is really hard because it is so incredibly unexpected and shocking…,” Portnoy writes on Facebook.

“I know I always talk about #CarpeDiem (I have it tattooed on my arm), but this is a perfect example of remembering to thank & love the people in your life every day as they can be unexpectedly taken at any moment.
I remember seeing a post of David from the AMOB tour yesterday morning and how much fun he looked to be having.

“Little did any of us know it would be his last night on Earth… And that can happen to ANY OF US…at ANY MOMENT….

“I’ve spent the last 12 hours crying in disbelief…but maybe it’s a good time to remember the FUN that David always had. The first few times we hung out (in the ZRock/Z02 days along w his brother Paulie Z & Joey Cassata) I’ve never laughed so hard in my life….

“David also loved making goofy video spoofs…and here is a hilarious one he made while we were touring together last year in South America (The Winery Dogs and Jeff S Soto). In between the tears, take a few minutes to watch this and remember the smile he always had (and also put on our faces).”

Many other rockers have taken to social media to express their thoughts.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.