> > > Mike Portnoy Defends Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich, drummer from the legendary band Metallica is beigng criticized for his lack of skills. It’s happening for a long time, and everybody are coming up with new accusations. Fortunately enough there is always someone to defend him. This time it’s Mike Portnoy, ex-drummer of Dream Theater. Currently the man of many bands. He thinks that it’s not always about the skills. It’s about the personality.


In the recent interview for the Australian “The Void” he stated:

“I’ll defend him to the end. I’ll tell you what: you don’t have to be a great drummer to be the most important guy in the band. And that’s what I learned from him. First of all, I do love Lars’s drumming. But as far as I’m concerned, you don’t have to be a great drummer to be somebody that’s important. Some of my heroes are guys like Lars, or Peter Criss (KISS), who takes the heat for a lot of stuff, or Ringo Starr (The Beatles), who takes the heat. These guys are my heroes… Those guys are all very important to their bands. Lars, obviously — he’s the leader of Metallica, and he showed me those leadership qualities. But Ringo and Peter Criss, those guys were so important to the bands’ chemistry; they were important personalities in those bands.”

Do you agree with Mike’s statement?