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Mike is raffling off a cymbal signed by a HUGE number of celebs to raise money for the family of one of his friends who was paralyzed after a tragic accident. The list of sigs includes Abe Laboriel Jr., Carmine Appice, Dave Lombardo, Billy Sheehan, Ray Luzier, Scott Ian, Seven Anotonopolous, Glenn Hughes, Jeremy Colson, John Tempesta, Mike inez, Nicko McBrain, Mike Portnoy, Steven Adler, and more!
Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater plays a super cool drum fill/solo at around 1:05 into the song “The Dark Eternal Night”. Portnoy throws out these kind of drum solos all the time, using his trade mark hand and foot combinations of super fast flurries.
The Dream Theater drummer drama just never seems to end! MusicRadar.com has just put up a very in-depth interview with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci. In the interview, they reveal the Portnoy asked to rejoin the band stating he “made a mistake.”
Rudess: We got the drummers in, which everybody knows, and we filmed the audition process and put a lot of care into the documentary. So after that whole process, we found somebody who we thought was great – Mike Mangini. ‘Oh my God, this guy is fantastic! This can work. We can do it.'”
If ever a band was tailor-made for Rock Band, it’s the progressive metal outfit Dream Theater. And if ever a Dream Theater song was made for us, it’s their current single “Constant Motion”-a full seven minutes’ worth of monster riffs and tricky changeups, representing this hyper-proficient band at its most aggressive.
Turns out that Dream Theater’s drummer Mike Portnoy (who wrote “Constant Motion”about his experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder) is a Rock Band player himself, and was looking forward to giving the song a runthrough. The genial Portnoy also talked to us about the band’s formation at Berklee, their evolution over the years, and the current status of Portnoy’s second band Transatlantic (a particular favorite of your interviewer’s). And since the cat’s out of the bag by now, we also talked a bit about the earlier DT classic “Panic Attack,”which will be hittng as an in-game track for Rock Band 2