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.
It’s the season finale of Drummer Talk Season 6, and on this week’s show, Dave’s gives a very in-depth look at a complete snare drum makeover – from batter head, to reso head, to snare strands, to strand cords. Also we, of course, talk more Dream Theater, new Avenge Sevenfold, Memphis Drum Shop’s Chris Coleman clinic recap, the Summer of contest continues, and much more! Show notes after the break!
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.’”
As you know, we’ve been closely following the saga surrounding the drum seat for Dream Theater, and we now know that Mike Mangini landed the spot, but he was one of seven guys to audition. Just what was it like to audition for the prog powerhouse? Swedish drummer, Peter Wildoer, recently spoke with Blabbermouth.net and shared some thoughts.
“My approach was very much to keep it true to what Mike did, because no matter what I would do, I knew that my personality and my style would probably shine through even though [I was] trying to do what Mike did originally. So my approach was very much to keep it to what it is and keep it like the fans know the songs and how they wanna hear them.”
If the rumors are to be believed, then Mr. World’s Fastest Hands himself (and former Steve Vai drummer), Mike Magini, is set to replace the recently vacated Mike Portnoy for the drum chair in Dream Theater. Whaaaa?? We’ll keep on this story like blisters on metal drummers thumbs.