Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy

Michael Stephen Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) American drummer primarily known as the former drummer and backing vocalist for the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Known for his drumming prowess, Portnoy has won 23 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. He has co-produced the last six Dream Theater albums with John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy has been writing a substantial amount of Dream Theater`s lyrics, filling the void left by Kevin Moore, who left the band after the release of Awake.

Articles with Mike Portnoy

SONS OF APOLLO Featuring Ex-Members Of Dream Theater, Guns N’ Roses And Journey Debut Album, ‘Psychotic Symphony,’ Due Out October 20

APOLLO: The ancient Greek and Roman God of music and poetry. SONS OF APOLLO: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey.  For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the… Read more »


MIKE PORTNOY To Perform Dream Theater’s “12 Step Suite” For First Time On…

Prog-rock fans are in for a treat on this February’s CRUISE TO THE EDGE music vacation: iconic drummer and former member of Dream Theater, MIKE PORTNOY will–for the first time ever–perform the band’s “12 Step Suite” in its entirety on the cruise. The music documents the musician’s battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of… Read more »


THE WINERY DOGS’ ‘HOT STREAK’ ALBUM DEBUTS STRONG ON VARIOUS BILLBOARD CHARTS, INCLUDING #2 ON “TOP CURRENT ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS” CHART & #30 ON “TOP 200 ALBUMS” CHART

October 12, 2015 – After landing in the Top Five on many of Amazon’s pre-order charts, including #1 on the Amazon BestSellers/Hard Rock chart and #1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Hard Rock Albums charts, THE WINERY DOGS–Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums)–are now celebrating a HOT STREAK of first week album sales…. Read more »


THE WINERY DOGS CONTINUES THEIR ‘HOT STREAK’ WITH NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 2 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS

August 13, 2015 – The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass).  Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of… Read more »


Motorhead’s Motorboat: Megadeth Withdraws Due To Medical Issue, Metal Allegiance All-Star Band Added

Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22-26 cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup. Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity… Read more »


Dog Camp with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan & Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs

Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs have announced guest camp counselors and the daily schedule of activities for Dog Camp, held July 21-25, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Bassists John Moyer (Disturbed) and Dylan Wilson (Richie Kotzen, John 5, Greyson Chance, Sheila E.), guitarist/producer Dave Wood… Read more »


The Many Sides of Mike Portnoy

Rock drummer Mike Portnoy is one of the most influential drummers in the world.  He is a founding member of Dream Theater and while he was with them, the band sold over ten million CDs/DVDs and sold out venues in every part of the world.  He has won practically every drumming award available including 26… Read more »