Mike Portnoy: 'I've Fought Very Hard To Keep The Prog Flag Alive'

artist: Mike Portnoy date: 07/10/2012 category: interviews

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Mike Portnoy: 'I've Fought Very Hard To Keep The Prog Flag Alive'
Drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) is featured in a new interview with Germany's Rock And Roll Circus. An excerpt is available below: RnR Circus: First of all congrats to your two nominations for the progressive music awards. What does it mean to you that many young people see you as a guiding light in prog music? Portnoy: Thanks, it's an honor for me. It's something that I think is important. For the last 20 years or more I've fought very hard to keep the prog flag alive and well. You know, forming Transatlantic is something I did to really keep prog alive. Putting together Progressive Nation a couple of years ago is another thing I did for that purpose. As well as choosing bands to tour with Dream Theater, I always picked up-and-coming prog bands: Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree, Fates Warning and Pain Of Salvation. I always handpicked young bands to help and utilize whatever power and influence I have to help expose them to our fans. This is very important to me and to be recognized for that is an honor, it means a lot to me. Will Adrenaline Mob and Flying Colors be more than on-off projects? Well, I think Adrenaline Mob is more of a band because we are definitely a live-act. You will see it tonight. So I think Adrenaline Mob stays to spend more time on the road and has a lot of opportunities to play live, festivals or whatever. And also everybody in Adrenaline Mob is very committed to the Mob without many outside distractions. So really, Russ, Mike Orlando and John are all fully committed to Adrenaline Mob at the moment, so as long as my schedule permits we could stay very very active. Flying Colors on the other hand is at the mercy of so many outside schedules. Steve Morse is obviously fully committed to Deep Purple and has his solo career, and Neal has his solo career, Casey has Alpha-Rev. So, Flying Colors is a little bit more probably of a part time band like Transatlantic. So we can maybe do an album and a tour every couple of years. It's more than a project, I'd like to call it maybe a part-time band. Sort of in-between. Go to this location for the complete interview. Adrenaline Mob's video clip for "Undaunted" can be seen below:
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