When I first started covering songs it was a very hard long process to learn the songs I was attempting to cover, so I would cut the songs short as to avoid the nervous breakdown. With the years, my technique got better and figuring out drum parts slowly became doable – and it only took me 8 years ?

Album: Images and Words

Released: July 7, 1992
Label: ATCO

Album cover – Images and Words (1992)

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace Portnoy. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.

Dream Theater (with Mike Portnoy)

Mike Portnoy co-produced six Dream Theater albums with guitarist John Petrucci, and from the album A Change of Seasons onwards, he had been writing a significant amount of Dream Theater’s lyrics. He is the second youngest person (after Neil Peart) to be inducted into the Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame, at 37 years of age.

Mike Portnoy

Fun Fact

“‘Pull Me Under‘ was a surprise to everyone, ’cause ‘Pull Me Under’ is… it’s over eight minutes long, never meant to be a single,” John Petrucci told Gitarre & Bass. “Again, the songs being played on the radio were nothing like DREAM THEATER, but, for some reason, it must have stuck out to where people were calling the radio stations: ‘What is that band? Oh my God! I wanna hear that song again.’ And that kind of snowballed and grew, and ‘Pull Me Under’ became a rock radio hit. And I remember at the time I was living in New Jersey, on the East Coast of the U.S., and I’d turn on the radio and I’d hear it all the time. It was a cool feeling.”

Dream Theater with new drummer Mike Mangini

Video Credits

Shot in my studio in Los Angeles
Released on Apr 20, 2011

Pull Me Under