Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Mike Portnoy
According to Noisecreep, former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy is currently working on a new band with Symphony X’s Russell Allen on vocals, Mike Orlando on guitar, and Paul DiLeo on bass.

Portnoy, modest as ever, says: “[This project] is 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!”

And it’s been a busy time for Portnoy who has another two projects on the boil at the same time:
“[This] has been an unbelievably productive year for me so far. 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 US 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.”

Portnoy has also recorded Neal Morse’s latest solo album, ‘Testimony 2′ and will also appear as a part of Morse’s live band: “I am looking forward to playing live with him for select dates throughout the US and Mexico in May, 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,” he said

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