Mike Portnoy biography
Mike Portnoy was born on April 20, 1967 and grew up in Long Beach, New York, where his passion for music began at an early age. "My father was a rock 'n' roll DJ, so I was constantly surrounded by music. I had a huge collection of records. I listened to the Beatles then, and later switched to Kiss. You could have predicted that I would become a musician. "
Although Mike taught himself to play the drums, he took music theory classes at school. At the time, he was beginning to play with local bands Intruder, Rising Power and Inner Sanctum, who would later release an album. Mike left them after receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
As an avid collector, Mike has amassed a large collection of Dream Theater related items: bootlegs, posters, and more. He also films and photographs his band. He has a huge collection of films at home.
Mike says his main influences are Neil Peart (Rush) and Frank Zappa. And other favorite drummers were Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Philips, John Bonham and Keith Moon, and bands like the Beatles, Queen, Yes, Metallica, Jellyfish, Iron Maiden, U2 and Jane's Addiction. He is also into rap.
Now, Mike lives in Rockland with his wife Merlin, daughter Melody (Melody Ruthandrea), son Max (Max John), dog Bongo (Bongo) and cat Cypress (Cypress).
Full Name Michael Stefan Portnoy
Birthday April 20, 1967
Height 5' 10''
Hair color Black
Eye color Green
Favorite directors Woody Allen, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick
Favorite actors Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino
Favorite sport boxing
Favorite TV shows Twin Peaks, The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone
Favorite food fast food, especially Taco Bell
1989 Dream Theater When Dream And Day Unite MCA/Mechanix
1992 Dream Theater Images And Words Atlantic/ATCO
1993 Dream Theater Live At The Marquee WEA International
1994 Dream Theater Awake Elektra
1995 Dream Theater A Change Of Seasons Elektra
1996 Working Man Rush Tribute Magna Carta
1997 Dream Theater Falling Into Infinity Elektra
1998 Liquid Tension Experiment Magna Carta
1998 Dream Theater Once In A LIVEtime Elektra
1999 Encores, Legends & Paradox (ELP tribute) Magna Carta
1999 Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Magna Carta
1999 Dream Theater Scenes From A Memory WEA/Elektra
2000 TransAtlantic SMPTe InsideOut/Metal Blade
2001 TransAtlantic TransAtlantic Live In America InsideOut/Radiant Records
2001 Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York WEA/Elektra
2001 TransAtlantic Bridge Across Forever InsideOut/Radiant Records
2002 Dream Theater Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence WEA/Elektra
2003 Dream Theater Train Of Thought WEA/Elektra
Videography by Mike
1990 Dream Theater Images and Words (Tokyo) Sony
1996 Mike Portnoy Progressive Drum Concepts Rittor Music
1998 Dream Theater 5 Years In A LIVEtime Elektra
1999 Mike Portnoy Liquid Drum Theater (VHS) Hudson Music
2001 TransAtlantic TransAtlantic Live In America Radiant Records
2001 Dream Theater Metropolis 2000 (DVD/VHS) Elektra
2001 Mike Portnoy Liquid Drum Theater (DVD) Hudson Music