MIKE PORTNOY Wins 30th Modern Drummer Readers Poll Award - "I Am Beyond Grateful, Appreciative And Humbled"
March 31, 2015, 5 years ago
Drum legend Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) has checked in with the following update:"Wow! Just opened the new issue of Modern Drummer to find out that I won Best Rock Drummer (for the first time ever in that category!) making it my 30th Modern Drummer Readers Poll award!
Even to have just won ONE in my lifetime would've been a dream come true and enough for me... but 30? I am beyond grateful, appreciative and humbled.
Thanks to Sabian and Tama for celebrating my 30th award in their ads, and most of all, THANK YOU for so many years of unconditional support! I work as hard as I do for you and couldn't do what I do without you all."
The clip below features 8 year-old drummer Avery Molek covering Dream Theater's "Panic Attack". Avery comments:"This one was REALLY hard for me. I had to focus on the bass changes through the whole song! I love your drumming, Mike!"
To which Portnoy responded via Facebook:"What? Are you kidding me?? Love YOUR playing Avery! The bar has been risen again...incredible!"
Compare Avery's performance above to Portnoy's below: