Full Name: Michael Stephen Portnoy
Official Website: Mike Portnoy.com
Equipment Used: Tama Starclassic drums, Sabian Cymbals, Remo heads, DW Pedals, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Latin Percussion
Status in Dream Theater: Founding member, Drummer, band-leader, spokesperson.
DT Discography: Everything
Other Bands: Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, OSI
Mike Portnoy "fun facts"
- Married Marlene Apuzzo of the band Meanstreak, his fellow bandmates John Myung and John Petrucci also married members of this band.
- Has two children, Max and Melody
- The "420" on his drumsticks has nothing to do with marijuana (which he has given up), but signify his birthdate
- Plays with his left drumstick upside down
- His son Max has a set of "kids 420" sticks
- Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
- Born and raised in Long Island, NY
- Loves Boxing.
- His grandmother fronted him the cash to press up a thousand copies of the original 6-track Majesty Demo.
- Went to the Berklee school for music along with Petrucci and Myung.
- Is an avid fan of The Beatles.
- Biggest musical influence is Frank Zappa.
- Favorite saying is "Eat my ass and balls"
- Is an avid film and TV fan.
- Loves Taco Bell
- Has two pets, Bongo the dog and Cypress the cat (bongo can be heard barking on "The Spirit Carries On: John Petrucci Vocal Demo"
- Sings backup for Dream Theater, Transatlantic and OSI.
- Can also play bass guitar (in Nightmare Cinema) and Keyboards (the track "YYZ" on The Majesty Demos.
- Didn't write any lyrics at all until the song A Change of Seasons.
- Is a recovered alchoholic and wrote three songs about his recovery, The Glass Prison, This Dying Soul and The Root of All Evil.