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Concert Review: East Coast Bonzo Bash – An All-Star tribute to Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham in Englewood, NJ

June 7, 2013 by  
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2013 East Coast Bonzo Bash – An All-Star tribute to Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham
Chad Smith, Mike Portnoy, Carmine, Appice, Jerry Gaskill, John Hummel, A.J. Pero, Steven Wolf, Liberty Devitto, Jojo Mayer, Brian Tichy, Michael Cartellone, Ron Lipnicki, Eddie Trunk & More
June 1, 2013
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Englewood, NJ
Reviewed by: Antonio Marino Jr.

Bonzo Bash is the brain-child of Brian Tichy, a first-call drummer who wanted to put together a concert celebrating the patron Saint of rock drummers – John Bonham. In 2010 Tichy, placed a few calls and before he knew it Bonzo Bash became a reality. The concept being that a cast of drummers pick their favorite Led Zeppelin tune and then sit behind an exact replica of Bonham’s kit as they get to revert back to the songs that they cut their teeth on as kids learning to play drums. Read more

Concert Gallery: East Coast Bonzo Bash in Englewood, NJ

June 6, 2013 by  
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2013 East Coast Bonzo Bash – An All Star tribute to Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham
Featuring: Chad Smith, Mike Portnoy, Carmine, Appice, Jerry Gaskill, John Hummel, Steven Wolf, Liberty Devitto, Jojo Mayer, Brian Tichy, Michael Cartellone, Ron Lipnicki, Eddie Trunk & More
June 1, 2013
Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
Photos by: Antonio Marino Jr.

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Mike Portnoy Announces Four New England In Store Appearances

January 20, 2011 by  
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Mike Portnoy has announced four upcoming in-store appearances at New England Daddy’s Junky Music locations.  Check out the dates/locations below:

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 6:30pm – Daddy’s Portsmouth, NH
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30pm – Daddy’s Manchester, NH
Thursday, Feb. 10, 6:30pm – Daddy’s Boston, MA
Friday, Feb. 11, 6:30pm – Daddy’s Dedham, MA

Want to go?  Reserve your spot here.

Mike Portnoy & Avenged Sevenfold Part Ways

December 16, 2010 by  
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Mike Portnoy took to his Facebook Page to tell fans about his departure from Avenged Sevenfold:

Yes, the rumours are true…sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end…

The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me…I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan….

I had an awesome time on stage with the guys every night and have so many cool memories from the experience with them…I am proud to always be part of the A7X family and history.

I also adore the A7X fans and totally appreciate the way they welcomed me aboard and were so loving and supportive during my time with the band…thank you!

As far as my future, I am excited by the endless musical possibilities that lie ahead of me…my love for music runs very deep and my taste is very broad and ecclectic which will give me the chance to explore many different things and collaborate with many great friends and artists I admire and respect…

Happy Holidaze to you all and c-ya in the New Year,


Avenged Sevenfold recently announced they won’t be performing at Soundwave Festival in Australia. As soon as we hear any news about who will be behind the kit for them we’ll let you know. Best of luck to Mike Portnoy and his future projects!

Dream Theater Respond To Portnoy Departure

September 9, 2010 by  
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Yesterday Mike Portnoy announced that he has left Dream Theater.  Today the band has issued a statement:

“To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness — regret — we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike’s stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.

While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity — and in the same musical tradition — that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us. Fans and friends: File this episode under Black Clouds and Silver Linings. As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we’ll follow that with a full-on world tour. “The Spirit Carries On.”

All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed.” – Dream Theater

Mike Portnoy Quits Dream Theater

September 8, 2010 by  
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Mike Portnoy has posted the following on his Facebook Page officially announcing his departure from Dream Theater:

I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write: 

After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater….the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century. 

To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so…

After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater… 

Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them…it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break…

Dream Theater was always my baby…and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985…24/7, 365…never taking time off from DT’s never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was “off” between cycles)…working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band…

But I’ve come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out…and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.

We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a “hiatus” to recharge our batteries and “save me from ourselves”… 

Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather…I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be…

While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way…so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes…. 

Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about “always following your heart and being true to yourself”…sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater…and I would simply be “going through the motions”, and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.

I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come…I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played….

I’m sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world…I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work…I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)…but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within….

You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me….(and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)


Your fearless ex-leader and drummer,


We wish Mike the best of luck!

Video: UPROAR TV Ep. #4: In The Studio With Avenged Sevenfold (Featuring Mike Portnoy)

May 25, 2010 by  
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This week UPROAR TV hangs out with Avenged Sevenfold in the studio.  The clip gives the fans their first glimpse into anything involving the recording of Avenged’s new record “Nightmare” – It’s also the first look at Mike Portnoy’s (drummer from Dream Theater) tracking the drum intro to their first single “Nightmare” that Jimmy “The Rev” wrote for the album before his passing.  Watch the video now at:

Mike tracked all the drums on the record, and as a tribute to The Rev he followed what Jimmy wrote pretty much to a “T”, with some improvisation here and there at the bands discretion.  The band’s choice to have Portnoy play on the record was especially appropriate as he was also Jimmy’s favorite drummer.  Mike will be filling in as their touring drummer for Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and through the end of the year.

Concert Review: Hail! & Age of Evil in Foxboro, MA

January 29, 2010 by  
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Hail! & Age of Evil
Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
January 27, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

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