Thursday, April 20: Tig’s Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (April 20) to drummer Mike Portnoy. He’s 50. Portnoy is the former drummer/co-founder of Dream Theater and he currently performs with The Winery Dogs. Also celebrating is keyboardist Craig Frost (Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger) who turns 69.
Mike Portnoy is best known as the former drummer and co-founder of progressive metal band Dream Theater. Besides his work with Dream Theater, he has had several other side projects. He filled temporarily on drums for Avenged Sevenfold in 2010 after the passing of drummer The Rev. He is the drummer for The Winery Dogs (the band is currently on hiatus as of 2017) and was also the drummer for Twisted Sister, having replaced AJ Pero who passed away in 2015. He is also known for playing in the band Adrenaline Mob and many others.
Mike Portnoy is well respected for his technical skill as a drummer and he has won 30 awards from Modern Drummer magazine. For more on Portnoy, check out his official website here. Cheers to this kick ass drummer on his 50th birthday!