Mike Portnoy Named 'Best Drummer' And 'Best Progressive Drummer'

Mike Portnoy won "Best Drummer" and "Best Progressive Drummer", with more than 9,000 drummers voting in DRUM! magazine's 17th annual readers poll.

Mike Portnoy Named 'Best Drummer' And 'Best Progressive Drummer'
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors) proves for a second straight year that his prog drumming makes him perhaps the most popular drummer in the world. Portnoy won "Best Drummer" and "Best Progressive Drummer", with more than 9,000 drummers voting in DRUM! magazine's 17th annual readers poll. Unlike last year when Portnoy's victory was very decisive, the race was very close with Portnoy barely beating out runners-up, Neil Peart (Rush), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). In part, Portnoy's victory may be a result of how busy he was this year. As noted in the July 2012 issue of DRUM!, Portnoy founded two bands (Flying Colors and Adrenaline Mob), and was on the bus with numerous acts. "Portnoy has demonstrated his popularity and dedication to the drumming arts," said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. "With his second victory, he has proven that his drumming is recognized by drummers, regardless of age or demographic." The same factors regarding Portnoy reflect his taking "Best Progressive Drummer". He beat out last year's winner, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), and other runner-ups, Mike Mangini, Darren King and Virgil Donati. Portnoy, who co-founded Dream Theater more than 20 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (Annihilator, Extreme, James LaBrie, Steve Vai). Portnoy played on Avenged Sevenfold's latest album, "Nightmare", following the death of that band's drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, and toured with them for the entire second half of 2010.

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    smittyanthrax
    Nonsense not saying the guy isnt talented.He is very much but Neil Peart is the ultimate drummer and i aint no rush fan boy.
    dicky_fish
    I guess this was voted for before Rush's Clockwork Angels came out cause Neil Peart would have stormed it after people heard that album
    stevezig
    John Bonham's not up there? I do like Chad Smith in there, he's way under rated
    lVlaniac
    WHEEZE2112 wrote: NEIL PEART ANYONE
    Everytime theres a drum award they give it to the second best since Peart wins every award.
    CinderellaFan14
    I think there are many other musicians more suited for that poll. Neil Peart (Rush), Alex Van Halen (=VH=), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) are just a few small names I think are more suited for the "best drummer" title.
    Maiden95
    Good to hear. Portnoy is the man, no matter what you guys may think from reading a couple articles. Virgil Donati is also an out of this world drummer.
    Lightning_Ray
    K33nbl4d3 wrote: Also, why does nobody ever think of Mikkey Dee for these things? He's brilliant, and you'd think people would've noticed since he's in one of the biggest metal bands around...
    Glad I'm not the only one. Mikkey Dee's always been a terrific drummer!
    jrcsgtpeppers
    Why dont they rename the poll as most popular drummer voted by fans who listen to rock and most popular drummer voted by fans who listen to rock with distortion. Why are these lists always the same? Wheres aals drummer or cynics drummer or btbams drummer or strapping young lads drummer or the mars voltas drummer or opeths drummer? Its like top guitarist lists with choices between satch vai batio and gilbert. No buckethead or govan or abasi.
    richard ban
    portnoy ofcourse deserves it,hes the stsrt and end of drummimg,portnoy is not meant to compete,hes simply a legend and a god of drums!!
    EyesWideOpen
    Sean Reinart is far more stylish than Portnoy. Portnoy is a great drummer yes but he's always sounded far too straight for my liking.
    K33nbl4d3
    stevezig wrote: John Bonham's not up there?
    This. Also, why does nobody ever think of Mikkey Dee for these things? He's brilliant, and you'd think people would've noticed since he's in one of the biggest metal bands around...
    RGallagherFan
    stevezig wrote: John Bonham's not up there?
    K33nbl4d3 wrote: This.
    I think they're only counting living drummers...
    Maiden95
    Shiookami wrote: I love portnoy, okay? i love all his works, and he is badass ****ing drummer. but after watching Magini do solos? I must say i prefer Magini's style, and was VERy angry that they didn't add him as an option. let alone, i thought Ultimate-Guitar loved controversial options to make people angry
    This article is news about Drum! Magazine's annual awards. And Mangini was one of the choices. Portnoy just got more votes.
    Shiookami
    I love portnoy, okay? i love all his works, and he is badass ****ing drummer. but after watching Magini do solos? I must say i prefer Magini's style, and was VERy angry that they didn't add him as an option. let alone, i thought Ultimate-Guitar loved controversial options to make people angry