Portnoy: I’m so misunderstood

Mike Portnoy Mike Portnoy thinks he might be one of most misunderstood musicians in the world – especially by those who believe he suffers from lack of commitment.

That’s an accusation levelled against him after he quit Dream Theater in 2010 and went on to work with Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, Bigelf, Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian and his latest project the Winery Dogs.

But the drummer says the appearance is deceptive. He tells IconVsIcon: “Misconceptions about me that are out there by the fans and non-fans as well. I think the biggest one is that I’m band-jumping or opportunity-jumping. That’s not the case.

“I don’t think you will find more dedication than I do for what I did for Dream Theater. I literally oversaw every single step, every minute of the day; I did that for 25 years. You won’t find a more committed artist than me.”

He admits he’s got around in terms of his career in past few years, but he argues: “I’m enjoying having this musical freedom right now. Every one of the bands and projects I am involved with are so different from each other. The Winery Dogs is one thing, Transatlantic is another, Adrenaline Mob is something else. I give all I can to each of them.”

Portnoy recently bowed out of Adrenaline Mob in order to concentrate on the Winery Dogs. He explains: “When you give 100% to five different things, inevitably there are going to be schedule clashes. That has been the only problem – trying to solve that and make it all work.”

He recently clarified another misconception surrounding his work by explaining the Winery Dogs has no connection with the project he and Billy Sheehan abandoned with ex-Thin Lizzy man John Sykes.

Portnoy said: “Myself and Billy were previously working with John on an entirely different project, consisting strictly of John’s material. When that didn’t pan out, Billy and I began working from scratch with Ritchie Kotzen, and that’s when the Winery Dogs were born. It’s important that people understand.”

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