Ex-Dream Theater Drummer Talks About His New Projects

Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently spoke about new projects, including new band, his involvement with Neal Morse's latest album and more.

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Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently spoke to AOL's Noisecreep about new projects, including new band with Symphony X's Russell Allen on vocals, Mike Orlando on guitar, and Paul DiLeo on bass; his work with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Casey McPherson and Dave LaRue; and his involvement with Neal Morse's latest solo album, "Testimony 2". "[This] has been an unbelievably productive year for me so far", Portnoy told Noisecreep. "It's only April and I've already recorded three different albums with three different projects and artists, as well as having done a string of U.S. shows with my Beatles tribute band with Paul Gilbert. I'm enjoying spreading my musical wings and collaborating with so many talented friends and musicians that I admire. My musical taste has always been so broad, and I'm loving tapping into so many different areas and styles." On his new band with Symphony X's Russell Allen on vocals, Mike Orlando on guitar, and Paul DiLeo on bass: "[It's] something I'm very excited about. It's super hard-hitting, with strong, slamming tunes, with riffs as big as Zakk [Wylde] and Dime, and vocals as big as Dio. I think this album can make a huge splash in the hard rock and metal scene! I can't wait to hit the road with this baby!" On his work with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Casey McPherson and Dave LaRue: "[It] is filled with some great pop/alternative/singer-songwriter influences, but, of course, rounded out with great playing and musicianship." On other projects he has planned for the rest of the year: "I also have a few other exciting things in the works for the summer and beyond. I will continue to plant all of these musical seeds and watch them all grow like a proud farmer." Read more from Noisecreep. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    tpeart
    lol i love portnoy, hes an amazing drummer and probably has the right to be conceited in that respect, but he does a really good job of making his pride known to the public. wish he woulda just stayed with dt in the end, kinda cool though having some new bands to satiate my eardrums
    damillion
    He should do some work with kerfeldt in the future. It'd be really interesting.
    HGL
    ^ kerfeldt and Portnoy would go off +1 I just wish this is an episode ala Iron Maiden and Mike eventually returns to DT
    krakkrox
    I think this sounds cool its like mike broke off DT like a baby sea sponge and now has grown into a big one and now we have two awesome bands!!
    Unholy Crusada
    I wish Mike well with all his future projects. I'm hoping for a Dream Theater reunion at some point down the road, but even if it doesn't work out, I'll still continue to support Mike and DT in all they do.
    audio475
    Unholy Crusada wrote: I wish Mike well with all his future projects. I'm hoping for a Dream Theater reunion at some point down the road, but even if it doesn't work out, I'll still continue to support Mike and DT in all they do.
    agreed
    PurpleDinosaur
    DejaSenti wrote: WHERE IS STORM CORROSION?!
    thankfully portnoy is not a part of storm corrosion - either wilson or akerfeldt has said there is no room for drums in that band but the album comes out early next year
    CaptainDan748
    MP is the master of versatility. What can't this man do? Hopefully DT will take him back eventually and he can do what he does best.
    Soundservant
    Mike Portnoy can do heavy brilliantly. I'd like to see him try a death metal album with a ton of his distinctive fills