Wow. According to his own Official Facebook page, it seems as though master drummer Mike Portnoy is leaving the Adrenaline Mob after some upcoming appearances and I have to admit that I didn’t see this one coming. Please stop shaking your head at me because you know you didn’t expect this one either. Mike’s statement follows the photograph that I took in 2012.
It saddens me to announce that the 4 upcoming shows in Latin America this month supporting Halestorm will be my last with Adrenaline Mob. Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band’s future activities at the moment. As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don’t want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity. I’m very proud of what we started together and the music we made over the past two years and I wish the guys all the best in the future. Mike Portnoy
It’s clear that Portnoy has a lot of projects under his belt that we are all aware of and I find it amusing how I had seen three different shows where Mike was the drummer for each band. I am speaking of Adrenaline Mob, PSMS, and Flying Colors of course. His newest thing is The Winery Dogs with Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen (which I still need to hear more of) and who knows how many more he has ready to present us with. Each is a very different and interesting project in its own right but I had to admit that I will miss him being a part of the Adrenaline Mob. I’d like to assume that if you are a fan of the drummer man that you had already seen them in action and can hence agree with my statement about their being one of the most exciting live bands currently out there. If not. Oh well. They will likely remain as such but it will be rather different without Mike back there. I’ll miss that.
I’m not going to complain of course and instead wish Mike the very best of luck in handling all of the many tasks that he has on his plate and I look forward to seeing him onstage again very soon. I do wonder what a lot of you diehards feel about this and have left the comments open for you to discuss. Let’s hear you.
Mike Portnoy: http://www.mikeportnoy.com
Adrenaline Mob: http://www.adrenalinemob.com
The Winery Dogs: https://www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
Flying Colors: http://flyingcolorsmusic.com/band/
Mike’s drumming can be found on all of these exciting releases. Check them out….