All people’s gotta begin someplace. Even a drummer as nice as The Vineyard Canines’ Mike Portnoy needed to put in his due diligence learning the masters of the craft on his method to turning into one of the revered drummers in steel and laborious rock immediately. And on this version of Gear Issue, Portnoy takes us by a few of his mentors, those that helped to hone his personal model of enjoying, and shares a number of the best (and sure his favourite) drum intros of all time.
So the place did all of it begin for Portnoy? He credit Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and John Bonham for being his first three influences, however admits that the Led Zeppelin had probably the most basic of all drum intros. He then rolls by such classics as “Good Times Bad Times,” “Rock and Roll” and “When the Levee Breaks” amongst different Led Zep favorites.
“John Bonham was my first drum hero that had all of these cool, cool drum intros. He was the man. He was the groove master,” says Portnoy.
From there, it was a fast soar over to progressive music the place Rush’s Neil Peart grabbed his consideration. “It was all those Neil Peart-isms that I cut my teeth on and that’s how I learned to play a big drum kit and progressive music and play odd time signatures and for so many years Neil was my biggest drum hero,” says Portnoy who then rocks out to three classic Rush tracks.
And given that Portnoy is so well versed in heavy music, he took us down the rabbit hole of his most metal of influences. You get intros from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, King Diamond and Twisted Sister, whom Portnoy previously played with after the death of Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero.
Finally, it’s time for the drummer to take us on a journey of material that he played on. He gives us two of his favorite Dream Theater tracks, shares the story of how an Avenged Sevenfold song was fleshed out after he joined the group following The Rev’s death and he leaves us with something special from The Winery Dogs’ latest album, Winery Dogs III, explaining how the song “Gaslight” was formed off of one of his drum parts.
Thanks to The Winery Dogs’ Mike Portnoy for the interview. You can pick up The Winery Dogs III album here or here. And be sure to catch the band out on tour in North America, South America and Europe through late June. All dates and ticketing can be found here.
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