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MIKE PORTNOY: 'Metal Is Bigger And Better Than Ever'

Former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO and METAL ALLEGIANCE drummer Mike Portnoy was recently interviewed by Anne Erickson. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked for his opinion on the state of the current heavy metal scene, Portnoy said: "I think metal is bigger and better than ever. It went through ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON: How MEGADETH Was Formed (Video)

On January 24, METAL ALLEGIANCE members David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO) and Mark Menghi, along with Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) and Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL), took part in a clinic and question-and-answer session at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California. In the five-minute clip below, which was ...

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MIKE PORTNOY On 'Prioritizing' SONS OF APOLLO: 'This Isn't Just Some Sort Of Recording Project; This Is A Real Band'

Drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) was recently interviewed by Let's Rock. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and Korea Guitar): On why SONS OF APOLLO wasn't formed sooner: Mike: "[Keyboardist] Derek [Sherinian] and myself, along with [bassist] Billy Sheehan and [guitarist] Tony MacAlpine, ...

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MIKE PORTNOY On SHATTERED FORTRESS Tour: 'It Is Very Possible I'll Never Play Some Of These Songs Ever Again'

Mike Portnoy has posted a video recap of the just-completed SHATTERED FORTRESS tour during which he performed DREAM THEATER's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety for the first time ever. The music documents the drummer's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by DREAM THEATER from 2002 to 2009, with titles ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Was 'Miserable' Playing 'Tiny Little Clubs' With ADRENALINE MOB

SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy (also of THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) was recently interviewed by the "Neckbreaker" podcast. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On whether SONS OF APOLLO's debut album, "Psychotic Symphony", was a challenging record to make: Mike: "There wasn't many challenges, ...

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Psychotic Symphony - SONS OF APOLLO

Since leaving DREAM THEATER seven years ago, Mike Portnoy has been remarkably prolific, having formed several supergroups (THE WINERY DOGS, FLYING COLORS, METAL ALLEGIANCE) while continuing to serve as Neal Morse's percussionist-in-crime on multiple albums and tours. In addition, he's toured extensively with TWISTED SISTER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD; he's recorded and performed with ADRENALINE MOB ...

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