Mike Portnoy

Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


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

On the Beat with Max Portnoy of Next To None: Talks New Release and Upcoming Tours

Hey everybody! My name is Max Portnoy and I play drums for the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-based progressive metal band Next To None. I’ve been playing drums for about fourteen years, and I’ve been playing with my band for close to…

Modern Drummer
Jun 21, 2017

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

Max and Mike Portnoy on the Making of Next to None’s A Light in the Dark

  Progressive metal band Next to None’s debut album, A Light in the Dark, features Mike Portnoy’s son, Max, on drums. Here, father and son share their thoughts on the making of the album.   MD: Max, surely there was…

Modern Drummer
Dec 2, 2015

Exclusive! Mike Portnoy Drum Cam Video for New Winery Dogs Track

The Winery Dogs, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, and guitarist Richie Kotzen, will be releasing their new album, Hot Streak, this coming October 2. Check out this drum cam video of Portnoy recording the album’s title track from…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2015

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

John Bonham Celebration and Tribute Video

  In remembrance of the passing of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Modern Drummer and a few friends pay special tribute to one of the greatest drummers of our time. In this clip, which was filmed backstage at the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2013