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Two weeks ago, we informed about Mike Portnoy‘s ne project calle Sons Of Apollo. In an interview for the American “Trunk Nation” radio programme hosted by the legendary rock journalist Eddie Trunk, Dream Theater’s former drummer referred to the complaints from some of the fans that he launches new bands too frequently and doesn’t spend enough time focusing on each project.

Mike Portnoy on why he's had so many bands

I still feel blowback from it. Even with the announcement of the new band Sons Of Apollo. I’ve been up reading the comments online, and I’m still seeing posts, like, ‘Oh my God! How many bands is Portnoy gonna be in? Oh my God! Is this the eighty-seventh band?’ Blah blah blah. So it’s still a topic that people like to harass me about. But the fact of the matter is I can handle it. I’m just a workaholic and I’m very strategic in how I coordinate and work my schedule and make sure everything fits and everything works. And people get the misconception, thinking, oh, I start a band, then I quit, then I start a band and then I quit.

Out of the eighty-seven bands I’ve been in, I’ve only ever left two. One was DREAM THEATER after twenty-five years, and one was ADRENALINE MOB, just because that was at a point where I couldn’t juggle everything. But other than that, everything I’m a part of I stick with and develop and work with. And if I can juggle all these bands and make it work, then why the f@!k not?

I use that number jokingly, but I think there is an actual number, and I think it’s about twenty-seven or twenty-eight at this point.

Since DREAM THEATER, I’ve done so many things and so many different bands. Literally, it feels like there’s another one that gets added to the list every year, not to mention helping bands out, like TWISTED SISTER or AVENGED SEVENFOLD. So, yeah, the list keeps getting longer and longer and longer. But the fact of the matter is if you’re somebody who loves music, like I do or Dave Grohl does, or Mike Patton does, you wanna do different things, you wanna play with different people. If you’re an actor doing films, you don’t wanna play the same role the rest of your life. You wanna work with different directors and other actors and other screenwriters and try different roles in different genres. So, to me, it’s no different as a musician.

The podcast with a full interview can be found HERE.