In an interview with Uber Rock TV, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO) was asked what it feels like to be considered to be the one of the top rock drummers: “I prefer the word ‘favorite’. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a ‘best’ drummer. Anytime I see these polls or whatever, it’s flattering to be winning them and everything, but music isn’t a sport or competition. So I prefer the word ‘favorite.’ It’s nice when somebody says that you’re their ‘favorite’ drummer. Okay, that’s okay, ’cause it’s subjective. In any case, it’s flattering. I don’t think I’m the ‘best’ — I know I’m not the best — but it’s nice to be a favorite.”
Uber Rock Tv asked Mike to tell who his favorite drummer is, and he said: “I don’t have one; I have several. I mean, some of my heroes are John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Ringo Starr, Terry Bozzio, Bill Bruford… The list goes on and on and on.”
Mike is currently on a European Tour with SONS OF APOLLO, in which he is joined by ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal(ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., TALISMAN).