Watch Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) Learn To Play Danny Carey’s Drums from “Pneuma” by Tool


Mike Portnoy world-renowned drummer of Dream Theater, and other bands such as The Winery Dogs, Liquid Tension Experiment, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo, and Neal Morse and others has met his match as a drummer! Mike has tried to learn “Pneuma” one of the pinnacle songs from the latest album by Tool, Fear Inoculum. Watch this video from Drumeo with Mike learning and play the songs, while paying tribute to Tool drummer Danny Carey!

Continue reading


Dream Theater Announces Their Reunion with Co-Founder and Drummer Mike Portnoy


 

Dream Theater are announcing the return of drummer Mike Portnoy to the group. Portnoy will reunite with guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung – the trio formed the band at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 – along with longtime members, vocalist James LaBrie and keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Dream Theater will be going into the studio to begin working on their 16th studio album and the first with Portnoy since 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings.

Continue reading


INTERVIEW: Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs on Their New Album, and Longevity in The Music Business


 

Ghost Cult caught up with bass guitar legend Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs! Billy discussed the new album “III” – out now on Three Dog Records, launching their own label, the evolving role of labels in the music business, how Billy – Mike Portnoy, and Richie Kotzen all write together, the return of touring, how many guest sessions Billy really did during the height of the pandemic, and much more! Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: The Winery Dogs Live at Tupelo Music Hall


 

Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, and Mike Portnoy. Three dynamo musicians that need no introduction on their own, much less as a three-piece supergroup. The Winery Dogs rolled into Derry New Hampshire’s Tupelo Music Hall this past Sunday on their 2023 World Tour. Intimate venue, the cold weather outside, and hot music. Let’s dive in…

Continue reading


The Winery Dogs Announce Share Their New Single and Video for “Xanadu”


The Winery Dogs, by Evil Robb Photography

Prog-Rock supergroup The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, and Billy Sheehan – already announced their upcoming new album III, is set for release on February 3, 2023, via the band’s Three Dog Music label (via Burnside Distribution/The Orchard). Following in the footsteps of their first two albums, III was once again self-produced by The Winery Dogs and mixed by longtime band associate Jay Ruston (Anthrax). Pre-orders are available today, December 9 on CD and all digital formats, which include an instant download of the album’s first single “Xanadu” – out now. A vinyl edition of III will also be revealed in just a few months. Watch the video, stream the single, and also a chance to win a guitar from Richie Kotzen.

Continue reading


The Winery Dogs Announce European Tour Dates, New Single Out This Week


The Winery Dogs, by Evil Robb Photography

Prog-Rock supergroup The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, and Billy Sheehan – already announced their upcoming new album. Now they have announced addtional 2023 tour dates, this time in Europe. III is set for release on February 3, 2023, via the band’s Three Dog Music label (via Burnside Distribution/The Orchard). Following in the footsteps of their first two albums, III was once again self-produced by The Winery Dogs and mixed by longtime band associate Jay Ruston (Anthrax). Pre-orders will be available starting Friday, December 9 on CD and all digital formats, which include an instant download of the album’s first song to be released, “Xanadu.” A vinyl edition of III will also be revealed in just a few months.

Continue reading


The Winery Dogs Announce Their New Album “III” – World Tour Dates Incoming


The Winery Dogs, by Evil Robb Photography

Prog-Rock supergroup The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, and Billy Sheehan – are back in full force with their aptly named third album III, which is set for release on February 3, 2023, via the band’s Three Dog Music label (via Burnside Distribution/The Orchard). Following in the footsteps of their first two albums, III was once again self-produced by The Winery Dogs and mixed by longtime band associate Jay Ruston (Anthrax). Pre-orders will be available starting Friday, December 9 on CD and all digital formats, which include an instant download of the album’s first song to be released, “Xanadu.” A vinyl edition of III will also be revealed in just a few months.

Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Liquid Tension Experiment – LT3



It’s been twenty-two years since Liquid Tension Experiment, the Progressive Metal supergroup formed by Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs) John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson), released a record after their critically acclaimed album Liquid Tension 2 (Magna Carta). In this new album entitled LT3 (InsideOut Music) these musicians prove once again why they are part of the biggest bands in the genre and why they are considered to be among the best in their respective instruments and their craft.

Continue reading


Liquid Tension Experiment Shares New Teaser with a New Song!


As we previously broke the news that broke the metal interwebz this week, Liquid Tension Experiment are back! They have a new label and a new album ready to drop, after signing with InsideOutMusic for the release of their 3rd album. The album is set for a Spring 2021 release, 22 years after the bands’ last studio album. The legendary supergroup comprised of Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) has signed with InsideOutMusic for the release of their 3rd album. The album is set for a Spring 2021 release, 22 years after the bands’ last studio album. The band has released a new teaser trailer, created by Christian Rios, which you can see here:

Continue reading


Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) Teases a New Liquid Tension Experiment Album


Progressive music fans rejoice! Long missed supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment, featuring Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci of Dream Theater, former Dream Theater co-founder Mike Portnoy, and prog-rock legend Tony Levin of King Crimson is a go! Jordan posted a picture of the members all together wearing masks that spells out “LTE3.” In a 2019 interview with Jordan promoting his solo album and a new Dream Theater album, he told Ghost Cult it would happen when the time is right. It would seem the pandemic is that time for their first new album in 20 years! Check out the post and our interview with Jordan below.

Continue reading