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Mike Portnoy The Winery Dogs and the Power of III

Mike Portnoy must be the busiest drummer in the business. He is an active touring and recording member of no less than ten different bands, and he does some sideman work. In the 12 years since he left Dream Theater…

By Mark Griffith
Apr 30, 2023

What Song Are You Working on Now?

“Metropolis—Part I” by Dream Theater .@ptrlcc “Chemical Warfare” by Slayer .@nickkcuevas “Hemispheres” by Rush . The first section is so tough on the hi-hat.@mconrad332 “Around the World” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers .@_rywill22 “Just like Heaven” by the Cure…

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 2020

New Releases by Kyle Crane, The BBB, Flav Martin, MewithoutYou, The Neal Morse Band, and more

New releases featuring Jerry Marotta, Bernie Dresel, Mike Portnoy and more TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues) 40+ Drum Channel Subscribe…

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2019

Next to None’s Max Portnoy

Within the international drumming community, the name Portnoy is synonymous with progressive metal. Through his work with Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, and, most recently, Sons of Apollo, Mike Portnoy has garnered every award and accolade imaginable…

Story and photo by Mike Haid
Mar 28, 2018

The 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time

Whose playing endures through the decades? Whose music do we reach for when we want new ideas? When we want to practice? When we want to laugh? Who inspires and delights us most? TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN…

Entries written by Adam Budofsky, Michael Dawson, and Michael Parillo
Feb 1, 2018


This past September, the Atlanta venue Center Stage treated fans to four days of progressive-metal utopia at the eighteenth edition of the ProgPower USA festival. The sold-out event hosted twenty-one international prog- and power-metal bands with exclusive performances by some…

Text and photos by Mike Haid
Dec 28, 2017

Mike Portnoy

It takes a big pair to be one of a kind. Since leaving the most celebrated prog-metal gig in the world with Dream Theater, the drummer has thrown himself into an impressive number of diverse musical situations, always confident in…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

An Editor's Overview - The Uncommon Man

Hello, everyone! We’re already well into the new year, and I always like to take the opportunity around this time to thank readers, drum industry members, and everyone else who has supported Modern Drummer over the past forty-one years. Some…

Billy Amendola
Feb 17, 2017

November 2010 - Volume 34 • Number 11

Gene Hoglan, Mike Portnoy, Aquiles Priester, Daru Jones, Narada Michael Walden, Herman “The German” Rarebell, Sebastian Thomson, Ulysses Owens Jr., Ross Jarman, Nick Buda, Matt Cameron, Armen Halburian, Robby Ameen, Joe Vitale, Trey Gray TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2010

October 2007 - Volume 31 • Number 10

Mike Portnoy, Bill Bruford, Chris Pennie, Nick D’Virgilio, Phil Collins, Dan Weiss, Gavin Harrison, Virgil Donati, Mark Zonder, Ian Mosley, Dave King, Pat Mastelotto, Aynsley Dunbar, Joey Jordison, Dom Famularo, Scott Rockenfield TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2007

April 2007 - Volume 31 • Number 4

Carmine Appice, Mike Portnoy, Roy Hanes, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chico Hamilton, Nasheet Waits, Eric McPherson, Marcus Gilmore, Bob Bryar, Brooks Wackerman, Billy Thomas, Neil Sanderson, Tyler Greenwell, Billy Brimblecom, Lewis Nash, Kevin Dow, Teddy Campbell, Brian Tichy, Bun E. Carlos…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2007

July 2005 - Volume 29 • Number 7

John Dolmayan, Steve Smith, Matt McDonough, Mike Portnoy, Billy Hart, Jeremy Colson, Nick Mason, Adrian Erlandsson, David Wagenschutz, Joe Cocuzzo, Chad Chapin, Rick “The Rev” Holeman, Mike Zeoli, Lloyd Knibb, Dan Caro, John Blackwell, Larry Bunker, Darrin Pfeiffer, Russ McKinnon…

Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2005

June 2004 - Volume 28 • Number 6

Vinne Paul, Terence Higgins, Chris Cester, Bill Stevenson, John Riley, Mike Portnoy, Keith Carlock, Mike Lowry, Greg Saunier, Debbi Peterson, Shadow Wilson, John Guerin, Phil Collins, Gary Husband, Sam Loeffler, Gregg Bissonette TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital…

Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2004

October 2003 - Volume 27 • Number 10

Jack DeJohnette, Scott Underwood, Tommy Sickles, Rob Bourdon, Charlie Benante, Sam McCandless, Stix Hooper, J.R. Conners, Stan Frazier, Joey Kramer, Aaron Montgomery, Mike Portnoy, Danny Carey, Terry Bozzio TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2003

June 2003 - Volume 27 • Number 6

Shannon Larkin, Matt Wilson, Christian Vander, Paul Crosby, Brian Stephens, Russell Batiste, Ian Froman, Terry Chambers, Mich Fleetwood, Mongo Santamaria, Taylor Hawkins, Mike Portnoy, Gregg Bissonette, Ralph Humphrey, Dave Weckl TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99…

Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2003