Dream Theater

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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

Steve Finn of the Offering

Hey MD drummers! My name is Steve and I play in the Offering, a heavy metal band based in Boston, Massachusetts. I have been a subscriber to Modern Drummer since I was fifteen, so having the opportunity to appear here…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2019

On the Beat With Charlie Z: Drumageddon Cyborg Drummer/DJ

Hello! It is my honor to be a part of the Modern Drummer “On the Beat” section. Being a young drummer, Modern Drummer was actually how I got the idea to become the successful NYC session drummer, producer, and music…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2016

Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events

  CD This highly anticipated Dream Theater recording with new drummer MIKE MANGINI finds the prog-metal veterans in a sonically refined and musically focused state of mind. Lyrically and compositionally, the band maintains its long-running status as innovative explorers, though…

Modern Drummer
Feb 15, 2012

The March 2012 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Dream Theater's Mike Mangini!

Dream Theater's Mike Mangini Featuring Setting Sights: Chris Adler  Gregory Hutchinson Portraits: Tony Mason Influences Art Blakey Update Manraze's Paul Cook Jazz Vet Joel Taylor NRBQ's Conrad Choucroun Rebel Rocker Hank Williams III Shop Talk Create a Stable Multi-Pedal Setup What Do You…

Modern Drummer
Feb 2, 2012

Mike Mangini of Dream Theater

by Mike Haid The announcement that Modern Drummer Hall of Famer Mike Portnoy had left his longstanding position as the reigning king of prog-metal drumming with Dream Theater sent shockwaves through the drumming community. Who could replace such an iconic figure…

Modern Drummer
May 4, 2011

Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy is considered one of the finest prog-rock drummers in the history of the genre, much of it due to his ground-breaking work in Dream Theater. “I couldn’t have dreamt of a better scenario for the path that we…

Modern Drummer
Feb 16, 2010

Mike Portnoy—No Longer The New Kid On The Prog-Rock Block

Mike Portnoy is no longer the new kid on the progressive-rock block. The once proclaimed "next Neil Peart" has proven himself many times over to be worthy of acknowledgement. This isn't so much for the commercial success of his band…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004