Adrenalin was a rock band from East Detroit and a staple of the Motor City music scene from the late ’70’s through the ’80’s. Six friends from elementary school (St. Veronica) to high school (Grosse Pointe North). Brian and Mark Pastoria, Jimmy and Mike Romeo, Bruce Schafer and Mike “Flash” Haggerty started the band in the mid-seventies with the help of lead singer David Larson.
Marc Gilbert, brother of the late Dave Gilbert lead singer for another iconic Detroit rock band, The Rockets, joined Adrenalin in the mid ’80’s while the band enjoyed radio airplay acoross the country. Adrenalin was even in rotation when MTV was still a fledgling station that actually played music videos. Their hit, “Road of the Gypsy” was even featured in the film “Iron Eagle” in 1986.
Marc Gilbert died yesterday at the age of 59 presumably of liver cancer. Life long friend Jeff Amato had this to say about his passing:
“Marc Gilbert was one of the first true characters in rock n roll that I had the opportunity to know. He smiled with a toothy grin and had the air of a pirate, the soul of Otis, he carried swagger and lust and a deep heart… May you rest now, old friend – see you next time. RIP.”