Drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) will sit behind the kit for STONE SOUR during the band’s appearance at the Rock In Riofestival on September 24 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil..

STONE SOUR‘s regular drummer, Roy Mayorga, is currently home and anxiously awaiting the birth of his first daughter (due the very same day as STONE SOUR‘s Rio show). Roy personally asked his friend Portnoy to fill in for what is sure to be a special “once-in-a-lifetime” event for the fans in attendance.

Commented Mike: “It’s my honor and pleasure to be able to help out my good friends in STONE SOUR and my brother Roy in their time of need. It’s also an unexpected treat for me to get another visit with some of the greatest fans in the world down in Brazil.”

Added STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor: “We’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity to come to South America. This year’s Rock In Rio should be fantastic. With Roy expecting his first child, we’ll charge on without him, but having Mike fill in for this one show will be great. We can’t wait to take the stage and lay it down the only way STONE SOUR knows how — full-on and in your face!”

STONE SOUR canceled a number of tour dates this past spring after Mayorga suffered a stroke following a gig in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mayorga joined STONE SOUR in 2006 after the band’s previous drummer, Joel Ekman, was forced to leave the group in order to spend time with his son, who was diagnosed with brain stem cancer.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Taylor recently did an extensive interview with HardDrive Radio in which he revealed that STONE SOUR is definitely planning to release a concert DVD and cover songs EP in one package sometime before the end of the year. Taylor went into detail about the project, saying, “We shot a concert last year on the co-headlining tour that we did with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, and we shot it in Brighton (England), and we’ve been trying to get it together ever since and it’s just been insane. There’s been so much work and we just haven’t had a chance to kind of get a handle on it. But we’ve been talking about doing a covers EP forever. This is just a kind of a cool way to put something cool out that the fans will dig.”

Taylor added that each member of STONE SOUR will get to pick one song for the covers EP.


Photo credit: Joe LaRusso