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Dream Theater's Founding Drummer Mike Portnoy Rejoins the Band After a 13-Year Hiatus

Mike Portnoy Rejoins Dream Theater In a monumental move, Dream Theater has officially welcomed back their founding drummer, Mike Portnoy, after a remarkable 13-year absence from the iconic progressive metal band. This significant development coincides with the departure of his…

Modern Drummer
Oct 25, 2023

2023 Readers Poll: Mike Portnoy Wins "Progressive Rock"

The winner of the "Progressive Rock" category in Modern Drummer‘s 2023 Readers Poll is… Mike Portnoy! The ever-versatile drummer has won yet again in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll, a testament to his lasting impact in the drumming community. Throughout the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 20, 2023

Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE3 – Album Review – April 16th, 2021

By Mike Waltz  Twenty-two years after their last recording together, Liquid Tension Experiment LTE3 (released today 4/16/21 on Inside Out Music) found a way to reunite in July of 2020 (pandemic be dammed) to write and record this monster album.…

Modern Drummer
Apr 16, 2021

Sons Of Apollo Launch Video For "Goodbye Divinity"; First Single From MMXX

SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)--are ready to ring in…

Modern Drummer
Nov 22, 2019

Backstage Auctions Presents the "All Access David Frangioni Collection"

Featuring hundreds of pieces of rare music memorabilia, including historical drum kits, drums, gear and more Backstage Auctions, Inc presents the upcoming “All Access David Frangioni” auction event which will feature a host of impressive and historic rock and audio memorabilia…

Modern Drummer
Mar 11, 2019

2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Announced

After recently inducting Judas Priest, Bill Ward, Doro, and other icons of rock and metal into the 2018 Hall of Heavy Metal History, it was recently announced that the Metal Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Wednesday, January…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2018

Guitarist Paul Gilbert on Mike Portnoy

Mr. Big founder and ex-Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert is releasing his seventeenth solo album today, I Can Destroy, featuring Thomas Lang on drums. Gilbert has performed in a number of musical projects over the years with Mike Portnoy, including…

Modern Drummer
May 27, 2016

Mike Portnoy and Winery Dogs Announce Special Discount for Modern Drummer Readers for Second Annual Dog Camp

Winery Dogs, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, and singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen, are hosting the 2015 edition of Dog Camp this July 27 though 31 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Modern Drummer readers are…

Modern Drummer
May 18, 2015

California Music Fest Combines John Bonham, Randy Rhoads, and Keith Moon/John Entwistle Tributes

Scheduled to coincide with the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants convention—the NAMM Show—the California Music Fest will present tribute concerts to Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham, Ozzie Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, and the Who’s great rhythm section, drummer…

Modern Drummer
Jan 16, 2015

Win an Autographed Drumhead and Second Nature CD From Flying Colors

  To celebrate the release of Second Nature, the new album by Flying Colors, with Mike Portnoy on drums, one lucky winner will receive a drumhead signed by the band members plus the new CD. Four runners-up will receive a…

Modern Drummer
Sep 29, 2014

Mike Portnoy and the Winery Dogs Host Dog Camp

Drummer Mike Portnoy and his Winery Dogs bandmates, bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Richie Kotzen, have announced Dog Camp. The event, the group’s first annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, is set for this coming…

Modern Drummer
Mar 6, 2014

Sabian Returns With Cymbal Vote In 2014

For the third consecutive year, Sabian is asking drummers around the world to help decide which new models the iconic cymbal-maker will release in 2014 – and once again, drummers around the world get a chance to play them before…

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 2013

October 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Mike Portnoy

(on newsstands September 3, 2013) On the Cover Mike Portnoy In his first MD cover story since leaving Dream Theater, the prog-metal icon talks about the infamous split—but makes clear how much he’s digging the bounty of new opportunities coming…

Modern Drummer
Aug 28, 2013

Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013 Featuring Nicko McBrain, Carmine Appice, and More

Natal drums and Marshall amplification will present the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Co-hosts will include Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Carmine Appice, DJ Uncle Joe Benson from KLOS,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2013

Mike Portnoy Involved in New Supergroup, Flying Colors. Debut CD due soon.

The Mascot Label Group has announced a March 27 release date for the debut from Flying Colors (available the day prior overseas) on their Music Theories Label. The band, whose stated purpose is to pair virtuoso musicians and a pop…

Modern Drummer
Jan 11, 2012

Sabian Gives Drummers the Ability to Choose the Brand’s Next Four Cymbal Models

Sabian Players’ Choice program allows drummers to choose the cymbal company’s 2012 product offerings. With the introduction of Players’ Choice, Sabian is providing a forum that allows drummers from around the world to choose its 2012 product offering. According to the company,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 11, 2011

Web Update News 8/11

  Thomas Pridgen is on tour with his band the Memorials. For more info, visit Mike Portnoy has a new project called Adrenaline Mob. For more, visit Richard Danielson is on Vintage Trouble’s debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions.…

Modern Drummer
Aug 3, 2011