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MIKE PORTNOY on his recent DREAM THEATER show experience as a fan

Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy was at the group’s concert on March 4 in New York City. His first time seeing his former bandmates perform live since his exit from the legendary progressive metal band over 11 years ago.

Portnoy appeared yesterday (May 3) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Mike talked about the circumstances that led to him being present at the show:
“We had been slowly rekindling the relationships over the years. Obviously, John Petrucci and I have made a few albums together at this point — I played on his last solo album, and then he, myself, Jordan and, Tony Levin got back together to do a LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT album in 2020. So, yeah, John Petrucci and Jordan had been hanging with me a lot through the years, and our families as well. In fact, the first time I played together with Jordan again was on the last Cruise To The Edge in 2019, Jordan and I played together on that. So the relationships had been really, really good and comfortable with those guys. And John Myung lives right down the street from me, so I would see him in town all the time. And his wife is very, very good friend with my wife. So there’s three of the guys that I had been on very, very good terms with over the years. And my wife and John Myung‘s wife were going to see them at the New York show, and I was, like, ‘You know what? What the hell.'”

Portnoy went on to say that he had previously “dreamt about going to see” DREAM THEATER play. “I’m not saying I dreamt like it was my goal, I’m saying I literally would have dreams at night sleeping, where in my dreams I’m going to see DREAM THEATER and it’s just an awkward thing. “So for a long time I was very nervous about it, like how weird would it feel? Would it be uncomfortable? But I finally was at peace with it. I went to the show, and it was a really cool experience, it was not as awkward as I had anticipated or feared. And at the show, James  welcomed me from the stage. And I hadn’t spoken to James, as a lot of people know, I hadn’t spoken to him since I left the band, so I got to see him that night after the show. And I went into his dressing room, and within literally 10 seconds, any of that drama or B.S. that had built up through the years, it melted away immediately. And it was all hugs and kisses and ‘love you, bro’ and ‘miss you, bro.’ And it was, like, all that bullshit from the last 11 years was just water under the bridge.”

Mike continued: “You can’t spend most of your life with a group of guys like that and not be family for life. I met John Petrucci and John Myung when we were teenagers, we met in college and our families have grown up together and our wives all played in a band together and our kids,  my daughter and John Petrucci‘s daughter live together in Brooklyn. So it’s a family. Whether I’m currently in the band or not, that doesn’t matter, you can’t take away the friendship and the family and the history and the experiences we shared for so, so long.”

Portnoy talked about what it was like to see another drummer play his parts live with DREAM THEATER, Portnoy said: “I’ve always been the type of drummer that just flies [by] the seat of my pants in the moment. Even with my own drum parts, I don’t necessarily stick to them faithfully from show to show, whereas [current DREAM THEATER drummer Mike] Mangini obviously really studied the drum parts and they had everything programmed out. They’re all about the precision, and that’s surely their thing. And yeah, he killed it. There’s no doubt he’s an amazing drummer and he plays my parts incredibly faithfully. I feel bad for him. He and I joked about it. He’s in a horrible situation where he’s damned if he does and he’s damned if he doesn’t. He expressed that frustration to me, and I feel for him, it’s definitely a weird position to be put into. I kind of had it a little bit when I played with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and TWISTED SISTER, coming into the throne of two drummers that have passed away, and I tried to learn those parts as faithfully as I could. When I had a hired-gun gig like that, I spent a lot of attention trying to honor the drummer that came before me it’s important. I don’t wanna go into a gig like either of those and try to force my style onto it.”

Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER 37 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

Portnoy was a guest on Petrucci‘s second solo album, “Terminal Velocity”, which was released in August 2020 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The effort marked the first time Petrucci and Portnoy recorded together in over a decade, as well as their first time playing together since Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER.

A couple of years ago, Portnoy told Loud that he left DREAM THEATER because he wanted to expand his musical horizons. “[I didn’t] want to go to my grave and just be the drummer from DREAM THEATER,” he said. “I knew there was way more to what I had to offer.”

LaBrie had previously closed the door on the possibility of a DREAM THEATER reunion with Portnoy, telling Chile’s Radio Futuro in an August 2013 interview: “That possibility, I don’t see it ever happening, it’s not gonna happen. Because, first and foremost, Mike Mangini is a full-fledged member of the band now, he’s a phenomenal drummer and he’s doing everything that we could possibly want as a drummer in a band. He’s helping us realize exactly what we wanna do right now musically. And he will be our drummer until the day that we finish doing this, when we conclude. Mike Portnoy was a big part of our past, but I think that’s where it’s going to remain. He was a drummer from the past. And as far as presently and into the future, it will be Mike Mangini, and we all feel very strongly about that. He’s an incredible drummer, he’s an incredible asset to the band, and he is fulfilling our wildest dreams as far as what we’re doing musically and what we’re doing with each album. So that’s the way it stands.”

 

MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE On His Battle with Cancer

Dave Mustaine, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2019, spoke to Full Metal Jackie‘s radio show about how his battle  has affected the way he approaches his life, both on and off the stage. He said:
“Well, obviously, there’s a diet, there’s the food sources and liquids and how they affect my blood, my sugar in my blood, the dairy stuff in my blood. But I’ve never really worried too much about that ’cause I kind of have just gone out there and screamed my point across. So I think that that’s one thing that as I try and live a cleaner life because of the cancer…

“I’m cancer-free now, thank God,” he continued. “I just went and saw my radiologist and he told me October [2019] was the month that they had said that I was cancer-free. So I’m coming up on, I think it’s three years now.

“I don’t even think about it anymore. But it was something that made me take into consideration life in general, not so much what I do when I get onstage but just how much do I really appreciate the people around me? How much do I have a capacity in my heart to tolerate people that get on my nerves? Am I gonna send somebody away mad at each other and never see ’em again?

“It’s been a real eye-opening experience,” Mustaine explained. “And I just noticed on TV, too, that they’re starting to do commercials about this type of cancer. And I’d never seen this before in my life and now I’m seeing it on TV. And I’m thinking, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ They used to never have these kind of massive sicknesses like this where you have television commercials about throat cancer. It used to be just cancer, cancer, cancer — not into specifics like this. Now you know something really weird’s happening. And it happens to a lot of people, I’m told. So I would just encourage people to be healthy, kick ass, take down names. And if you’re an adult male and you have any respect for yourself and the people around you that love you, go get yourself checked up.”

MUSTAINE goes:
“I’m really grateful for everybody. Even the people who have a hard time with my behavior and my big mouth, I’m just so grateful for them showing care for me. Like they say, at the end of the day, all we’ve got is each other here in this crazy metal community.”

 

Paul McCartney Reunites with John Lennon Virtually

The Beatles legend Paul McCartney performed his first concert in three years in Spokane, Washington on April 28, delivering a 36-song set that even included a virtual duet with his long deceased bandmate, John Lennon.

Paul played a setlist that  featured 21 Beatles tracks, six by Wings, a cover of The Quarrymen and the rest being a mix of solo songs that brought things all the way to the current with the live debut of “Women and Wives” off the musician’s 2020 solo record, McCartney III.

You can watch the video down below




Dream Theater · Top of the World Tour

Dream Theater est sans aucun doute l’une des figures de proue du « prog metal » comme en témoignent leur deux nominations aux Grammy Awards et leur 15 millions d’albums vendus à travers le monde. Le groupe sortira en octobre prochain son 15ème album studio intitulé A View From The Top Of The World.
Composé de James LaBrie (chant), John Petrucci (guitare), Jordan Rudess (clavier), John Myung (basse) et Mike Mangini (batterie), le groupe repartira sur la route en 2022 pour le “Top of the World Tour”.
Après un passage remarqué début 2020 à Paris et Lyon pour célébrer le 20ème anniversaire de l’album Scenes From a Memory, le groupe sera de retour en France en 2022 pour quatre concerts qui s’annoncent déjà incontournables !

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard Enjoys Ghost’s “IMPERA”, He Doesn’t Rule Out A Possible CollaborationWith The Band

Since the release of “IMPERA”, occult rockers Ghost has been under fire for not being “real metal.”
No one knows better about this crap other than Def Leppard‘s own Joe Elliott, who in a new interview has said that the latest Ghost record is on steady rotation for him.
Ghost’s Tobias Forge said recently that Def Leppard inspired the new album, Metal Hammer reached out to Elliott to see if he knew about the band. Turns out he was already a fan:

“Phil (Collen, Def Leppard guitarist) introduced me to them. He said, ‘Here, have you heard about this band Ghost? It’s like this kind of Scando goth-metal but with brilliant melodies.’ I went, ‘Well, that’s an oxymoron, cos it’s usually [makes unintelligible singing noise like someone vomiting in a bucket].’ But he played me something – a couple of minutes each of a few songs. “I was really intrigued, so I asked him to Dropbox me the new album. I listened to it all, and I thought it was absolutely stunning. It’s like a whole new genre of music – it’s way more Toto than death metal or any of that stuff. It’s like the song Spillways. It starts off like Hold The Line by Toto or Jane by Jefferson Starship – one of those classic 70s songs that begin on the piano before these big, chunky chords come in.”

Since then, Joe has been spinning the record on repeat:

“It’s been my go-to album for the last couple of weeks. I’ve got it downloaded onto my Apple Watch so I can march away and listen to it. I’ve only got a few albums on there, and Ghost are one of them. “I like the fact that they’ve got a big intro for the album [opening instrumental Imperium]. It reminds of the beginning of Master Of Puppets, weirdly. It starts off with these flamenco-like guitars, then it gets all heavy and duelling, kind of like Thin Lizzy. It’s obviously done as a walk-on for the gigs.”

Joe was finally asked about a possible collaboration with the band and if they have reached out already:

“Not yet. Maybe they will. We’ve got [country singer] Alison Krauss on our new album, we did stuff with Taylor Swift 10 years ago. We’re not scared of collaborating with anybody.”

Def Leppard’s new album Diamond Star Halos drops on May 27th and is available for preorder. Go get your tickets to see Def Leppard on their upcoming tour with Mötley Crüe and Poison at one of the following dates:

June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Truist Park [tickets]
June 18 – Miami, Fla. @ Hard Rock Stadium [tickets]
June 19 – Orlando, Fla. @ Camping World Stadium [tickets]
June 22 – Washington, D.C. @ Nationals Park [tickets]
June 24 – Queens, N.Y. @ Citi Field [tickets]
June 25 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Citizens Bank Park [tickets]
June 28 – Charlotte, N.C. @ BofA Stadium [tickets]
June 30 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Nissan Stadium [tickets]
July 2 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ TIAA Bank Field [tickets]
July 5 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Busch Stadium [tickets]
July 8 – Chicago, Ill @ Wrigley Field [tickets]
July 10 – Detroit, Mich. @ Comerica Park [tickets]
July 12 – Hershey, Pa. @ Hersheypark Stadium [tickets]
July 14 – Cleveland, Ohio @ FirstEnergy Stadium [tickets]
July 15 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Great American Park [tickets]
July 17 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ American Family Field [tickets]
July 19 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Kauffman Stadium [tickets]
July 21 – Denver, Colo. @ Coors Field [tickets]
Aug. 5 – Boston, Mass. @ Fenway Park [tickets]
Aug. 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Fenway Park [tickets]
Aug. 8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rogers Centre [tickets]
Aug. 10 – Orchard Park, N.Y. @ Highmark Stadium [tickets]
Aug. 12 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PNC Park [tickets]
Aug. 14 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ U.S. Bank Stadium [tickets]
Aug. 16 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Lucas Oil Stadium [tickets]
Aug. 19 – Houston, Texas @ Minute Maid Park [tickets]
Aug. 21 – San Antonio, Texas @ Alamodome [tickets]
Aug. 22 – Arlington, Texas @ Globe Life Field [tickets]
Aug. 25 – Glendale, Ariz. @ State Farm Stadium [tickets]
Aug. 27 – Inglewood, Calif. @ SoFi Stadium [tickets]
Aug. 28 – San Diego, Calif. @ Petco Park [tickets]
Aug. 31 – Seattle, Wash. @ T-Mobile Park [tickets]
Sept. 2 – Vancouver, B.C. @ BC Place [tickets]
Sept. 4 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Commonwealth Stad [tickets]
Sept. 7 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Oracle Park [tickets]
Sept. 9 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Allegiant Stadium [tickets]

 

 

HELLFEST: A Special Message

As promised, Hellfest released the following message yesterday, sealing the festival’s line-up.

All the fans have been waiting for the revelation of the final Headliner to close Saturday night 18th of June.

The team behind closed doors has been working very hard to find an alternative name that can replace Faith No More.

Through a mysterious video, Hellfest finally announced the band that will be headlining the night of 18th June.

You can watch the video down below to find out who’s coming:

MORBIDFEST : I AM MORBID + HATE + BELPHEGOR + GUESTS

Gros plateau death metal avec I Am Morbid, groupe mené par les anciens membres de Morbid Angel David Vincent et Tim Yeung. Ils célébreront les 30 ans de l’album culte “Blessed are the Sick”.
Histoire de faire une totale death metal, les polonais de Hate ainsi que les autrichiens de Belphegor complètent l’affiche de ce Morbidfest 2022.
Il reste encore deux groupes à annoncer dont nous n’avons pas les noms à ce jour. Patience patience…
Tarif préventes : 23€
Tarif sur place : 27€
Tarif adhérents : 16€

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana Form a SUPERGROUP

A new supergrou is coming together with great musicians behind this new project called “3rd Secret”

Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil, Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic and, Pearl Jam‘s Matt Cameron joined by vocalists Jennifer Johnson and Jillian Raye of “Giants In The Trees” and guitarist Jon “Bubba” Dupree, formerly of Void.

Photo by: Mike Hipple ©3rd Secret Music

 

The band have quietly released their self-titled album, which you can stream now, and have launched a new website

This is their latest est statement published yesterday:
Thanks for all of the coverage with releasing 3rd Secret.
Nice to hear the reporting refer to a “Supergroup”! We’ll take it!!!

There is a video performance of the band in the works, which was captured at Seattle’s MoPop. These are the live stills we have provided. No real reason video is not out yet, other than same old delays. Releasing real soon, we promise!

We have added more royalty free images for people to enjoy and distribute.

The album covert art was created by : Tim Gabor

 

You can now stream the album below, let us know your thoughts

 

Meshuggah’s “Immutable” Album Review

Meshuggah’s “Immutable” Album Review by: Mayaz Dimashki

As someone who is a fan of djent, I never really got into Meshuggah, and when I decided to listen to this album I was expecting the famous 0-0-0-0 guitar chugs, and I was not surprised when this is what I got. Starting from the first riff in the first song “Broken Cog”, I realized that this album will not be surprising me with any genre defying music. 

While this album did not change the usual tone of Meshuggah as a band when it comes to their playstyle, it was also not even remotely bad, even for a person like me who is not that into the band. I actually enjoyed it! The technicality of their riffs, the blast beats by the beast Tomas Haake and Jens’s vocals are top notch. I usually judge an album by how many of its riffs get stuck in my head after I’m done with it and at least 5 riffs and sections have stuck with me here, which is more than some of my favorite bands’ new albums (looking at you Dream Theater.)

We start off with Broken Cog that sets the tone for the whole album, while not as complex and fast as the other songs, it still fits perfectly as a first track that eases the listener and grabs their hand leading them to the pits of hell that is the next track. The Abysmal Eye comes next starting with an immediate blast beat after the whispering outro of the previous track. I immediately fell in love with the guitar solo here, it made me feel entranced with how it fits wonderfully with the ominous vibe the whole song gives off. The same could be said about the next song on the list, Light The Shortening Fuse, which slows down a bit in the middle adding a tone of melancholy before Jens growls his way out of that vibe back to the general ominous tone the album has built up until now.

While the songs so far have been a bit on the extreme/djent side, the next song Phantoms adds some groovy riffs to the mix while maintaining the feeling of extremity and power. Going to a complete halt half way through with a nasty breakdown (I can already feel myself getting injured in the mosh pit at this exact moment.) Ligature Marks returns to the djenty vibes but adds some lead riffs that add a terrifying mood to the song before the vocals assert the fear. The next track, God He Sees In Mirrors, sounded the most Meshuggah to me, with a super complex solo line, deadly blast beats and overall harsh vocals.

Almost halfway through the album, we are welcomed with a calming clean guitar intro in the longest song on the album, They Move Below. This is in my opinion the crown jewel of the whole album, although it’s an instrumental. A lot of feelings get invoked throughout the song and the genius arrangement just gets better every minute as it gets heavier and heavier and more technical. Following that amazing trip, we are grabbed by the throat and pulled back down to the heavy riffs and vocals of Kaleidoscope, the highlight of this song is the technical solo around halfway through. Black Cathedral is 2 minutes of scary guitar riffs. I can imagine a 15th century church burning in the background, which culminates into the next track. 

Unfortunately, this is where the album starts feeling repetitive and boring, the songs quickly become very familiar and very predictive. While generally not a bad thing because they maintain the same theme throughout the album, it still feels like the album ended and is repeating the previous songs again. Up until the last track Past Tense which begins with a clean riff that takes you out of the repetitiveness and into a confusing and ominous feel for about 3 minutes then back to the “how long is left in this song still?” feeling.

Overall, I’d say the album is not a masterpiece, but it is also not bad. It is worth a listen if you’re not a fan, but you’ll love it if you are. The mixing and mastering is of high quality and the band is excellent in their instruments. I would give this album a 7 out of 10.

 

Album Art Cover and Track-listing:

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Broken Cog” Mårten Hagström Hagström 5:35
2. “The Abysmal Eye” Tomas Haake Dick Lövgren 4:55
3. “Light the Shortening Fuse” Hagström Hagström 4:28
4. “Phantoms” Haake

Haake – Lövgren

4:53
5. “Ligature Marks” Hagström Hagström 5:13
6. “God He Sees in Mirrors” Haake Lövgren 5:28
7. “They Move Below” (instrumental) Hagström 9:35
8. “Kaleidoscope” Haake

Haake – Lövgren

4:07
9. “Black Cathedral” (instrumental) Hagström 2:00
10. “I Am That Thirst” Haake Hagström 4:40
11. “The Faultless” Haake Hagström 4:48
12. “Armies of the Preposterous” Haake

Haake – Lövgren

5:15
13. “Past Tense” (instrumental) Hagström 5:46



DREAM THEATER Wins “Best Metal Performance” GRAMMY For “The Alien”

Two nights ago, DREAM THEATER was awarded a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” at the 64th annual Grammy Awards,  DREAM THEATER was nominated for “The Alien”, a track from their 2021 album “A View From The Top Of The World”.

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci accepted the award on the band’s behalf.

“Wow, this is absolutely insane,” he said in his acceptance speech. “On behalf of the entire band, I’d like to thank the Recording Academy and everybody who voted for us. You know, they used to tell us our songs were way too long, we used weird time signatures and there were too many guitar solos. In fact, this song is in 17/8, so try to tap your foot to it. But we just won a Grammy, so I’m glad we didn’t listen… All the DREAM THEATER fans around the world, you guys rock. We love you. For fans of prog and prog metal, stay true to your art. And it’s alive and well.”

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were:

“Genesis” – DEFTONES
“The Alien” – DREAM THEATER
“Amazonia” – GOJIRA
“Pushing The Tides” – MASTODON
“The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)” – ROB ZOMBIE

When “The Alien” came out in August 2021, Petrucci stated about the track: “It’s the first one we wrote together. It gives people a window into what it was like when we initially met up after all of those months off. It has the adventure, the untraditional structure, the heaviness, and the hooks. It really set the tone for the album. James LaBrie wrote the lyrics about the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative settlements. Since we’re going beyond our planet, ‘The Alien’ turns out to be us. I thought it was a cool and creative lyric by James.”

 

DREAM THEATER‘s previous Grammy nominations were for the song “On The Backs Of Angels”, from 2011’s “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” album, and the single “The Enemy Inside” from 2013’s “Dream Theater”.

The 2022 ceremony was the first since The Recording Academy announced that it has made significant changes to its awards process to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable. The show no longer uses anonymous review committees to determine its nominees. Now, all nominees are based solely on thousands of votes from the Academy‘s voting members. They also changed the number of categories in which Academy members can vote and added two new awards.

Back in  January 2020, former Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan filed a discrimination charge against the Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences, alleging she was being retaliated against for reporting misconduct within the Academy. In the 46-page complaint, Dugan further alleged that “the Grammy voting process is ripe with corruption,” detailing secret committees the group used to “push forward artists with whom it has relationships.” She said that as many as 30 artists who were not selected by the 12,000 voting members were added to the possible nomination list.

Back in December,  during an appearance on MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn‘s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast Petrucci discussed DREAM THEATER‘s latest Grammy nomination.
He said: “The first Grammy nomination we had, FOO FIGHTERS were on there. And they won it. I remember Dave Grohl had said something like, ‘Oh, they should have got this,’ which I thought was nice. But this time, I don’t know if I’m gonna remember all of [the other artists that were nominated], but I think it’s GOJIRA and MASTODON [that we are up against], and it’s a cool list. I remember there were a couple of years where I was surprised at the nominees — it seemed a little bit strange — but this seems appropriate. So we’ll see. It’s fun. It’s an honor to get nominated. It’s cool. Doing what we do and the way that we do it and getting recognized in that world is something that I never would have expected. And now for us, this is the third [nomination], so it’s cool. It’s a good feeling.”

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