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!

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INTERVIEW: Bumblefoot of Whom Gods Destroy on Supergroups, Extreme Styles of Metal, and More


Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Bumblefoot of Progressive Metal supergroup Whom Gods Destroy! Their new album Insanium is releasing via InsideOut Music! We talked to Ron about how the group from from the ashes of Sons Of Apollo – his work at the same time on the new Art Of Anarchy album, the heavy direction of this band and influences such as Pantera! Ron also talked about songcraft, guitar technique, revisiting other projects he has been in such as Asia, and some thoughts on revisiting Guns N Roses’ – “Chinese Democracy!”

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Supergroup Black Country Communion Shares a New Single and Video “Stay Free” – New Album “V” Incoming


Black Country Communion, the iconic rock supergroup featuring the talents of Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Derek Sherinian, is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album, V, available worldwide on June 14. To celebrate, fans are treated to the immediate release of the album’s heavy funk lead single, “Stay Free,” out today on all major streaming platforms. Watch a teaser for the upcoming music video here.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:

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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.

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PODCAST: Episode 123: Derek Sherinian on “The Phoenix”, Prog, and More!


Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend and keyboardist/producer Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater) to chat all about this new solo album, out this week, September 18th, via InsideOut Music. Derek discussed the new album, working with special guests such as Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Kiko Loureiro, Derek’s approach to composition, how he lays down guest tracks for bands around the world every day from his home studio, his with mentor and friend Simon Philips, covering Buddy Miles, a hint at future Sons of Apollo plans, discussing his keyboard heroes from history, and a cool story about Patrick Moraz. Pre-order the album here: https://dereksherinian.lnk.to/ThePhoenix and check out our chat. Continue reading


Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier, John Moyer, and More to Raise Money for The David Z Foundation Livestream Tonight


Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more! Continue reading


Sons of Apollo Guitarist Bumblefoot (ex Guns N Roses) to Release New “Barefoot EP” This Week


Sons Of Apollo and former Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal will release an unplugged covers EP featuring Soundgarden, Asia and more On ‘Barefoot 3’ EP this Friday via Bandcamp. “Barefoot 3” takes the “Barefoot” series up a notch, with intricate guitar arrangements, big backing vocals, and drummer Kyle Hughes.Continue reading


Supergroup BPMD (Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, Phil Demmel) Signs to Napalm Records


Brand new supergroup BPMD, featuring heavy music legends Bobby Blitz (Overkill) on vocals, drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo), bassist Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), and guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) have signed a worldwide deal to Napalm Records. The members of BPMD first came together in the summer of 2019 with one goal in mind: to pay homage to some of their favorite classic rock tunes, give them their own heavy twist, and to have a blast doing it. We all could use a bit of fun, and that’s what BPMD is here to provide – a party on wax performed by some of the greatest musical talents in the world! BPMD will officially announce the release of this music – arriving in the form of their first full-length album soon according to the label. Continue reading


Billy Sheehan Signs with Metal Blade for Talas Debut Album


Billy Sheehan (Sons of Apollo, The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), who emerged from the upstate New York music scene in the late 1970s with the band Talas, has signed a deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of a new studio album, their first formal album ever. Talas earned its reputation performing gigs in the Buffalo and Rochester scenes. Although Talas started out by playing covers, it eventually introduced originals to its setlist. Sheehan later was well known as a studio musician before joining David Lee Roth’s late 1980s solo band, and later chart-topping stardom with Mr. Big (‘To Be With You’). The news of TALAS’s new record deal was broken by Sheehan’s longtime manager Michael Faley, a former roadie with Talas who also works for Metal Blade. On Friday (January 17), Faley posted a photo of Sheehan signing the contract with Metal Blade and included the following caption: “Billy Sheehan signing contract for a new TALAS studio album with Metal Blade Records. The 4 piece TALAS never recorded a studio album and there is soooo much material to pick from.”Continue reading