At a recent stop on ADRENALINE MOB‘s current U.S. headlining tour, drummer Mike Portnoy (formerly of DREAM THEATER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD) answered a number of questions that were submitted by the registered members of his official forum. Check out the question-and-answer session below.
ADRENALINE MOB released “Covertá”, an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the group’s favorite songs, on March 12. Longtime fans of Portnoy are aware of the multiple cover CDs he has released with DREAM THEATER and with Neal Morse. “Covertá” is the first CD of covers recorded by ADRENALINE MOB.
In a recent interview with Classic Rock Revisted, Portnoy stated about “Covertá”: “From the moment we had the idea to the moment we delivered it to the record company, the entire cycle was about two weeks. From conception to delivery, it was really quick. We had the idea and we went into the studio and we literally banged it out. My drums are all one take. It was pretty much in real time. We got everything tracked and Michael [Orlando, guitar] did a great job mixing. It was really only a couple of weeks from start to finish.”
Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 20 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI).
Portnoy played on AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s latest album, “Nightmare”, following the death of that band’s drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, and toured with them for the entire second half of 2010.