Mike Portnoy Bored With Drum Solos
Mike Portnoy admits he’s become bored with playing drum solos – and he’d rather use the time to play another song for fans.
He believes he’s grown out of taking over the show himself, and says he only performs solos because of pressure from others.
Portnoy tells MusicRadar: “I get that not only from the fans but from a lot of my bandmates. The guys go, ‘Oh man, you’ve got to do a solo,’ and it’s like, ‘I don’t know – I’d rather do a song in that five minutes.
“I’m not interested in drum solos any more. This is my personal taste as a listener and a player: I think I’ve grown out of it.”
It’s not the first time he’s fallen out of love with that part of a show. “I stopped doing solos in the mid-2000s just because I felt like it was redundant,” he reflects – but adds: “Maybe that will change. Most musicians go through changes and phases, so that’s just where I’m at in this particular moment.”
Portnoy’s Progressive Nation At Sea cruise takes place next month, featuring his bands Transatlantic and Portnoy Sheenan MacAlpine Sherinian plus Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew, Devin Townsend, Spock’s Beard, The Flower Kings and others.
Transatlantic recently launched a cover of Yes track And You And I as a sneak preview for the festival.