Drummer slates suggestions he wanted top billing in Dream Theater and steers clear of limelight in new band Adrenline Mob

Man at the back: Portnoy, centre, with Adrenaline Mob

Mike Portnoy says he has no interest in being defacto frontman of his new band Adrenaline Mob – and he didn’t want the role in former outfit Dream Theater either.

The drummer stunned fans by quitting the prog metal outfit he’d former last year. In the aftermath singer James LaBrie suggested their new lineup, featuring sticksman Mike Mangini, was more balanced “without anybody in the background trying to grab the limelight when maybe they should just be grooving.”

But Portnoy rejects the idea he fought with LaBrie for top billing, and insists he’s equally happy working behind Symphony X frontman Russell Allan in Adrenline Mob.

The drummer tells Noisecreep: “With Dream Theater I may have been a bit of a focal point because I absolutely live for the energy on stage, and having interaction with the audience is absolutely crucial to me – regardless of how some others have described it.

“My character and stage presence may ace stuck out a bit with those guys, who are maybe slightly more reserved than I am.

“But in Adrenaline Mob there are five guys who are all absolutely insanely energetic, each in their own right. It’s like a five-ring circus on stage.

“I absolutely am not the defacto frontman in the Mob. That title surely goes to Russell, who’s one of the best frontmen in the business. I’m just happy to be part of the band, and not necessarily leading it.”

Portnoy describes his new band’s sound as: “Crushing riffs and grooves, some shredding, memorable songs and seriously high-energy performances. There’s a reason why ‘adrenaline’ is part of the name.”

Things are coming together quickly for the outfit, who intended to take things slowly before being offered a tour support slot with Godsmack.

“After the unveiling we did at the end of June, Ww weren’t planning to do any more shows until the album came out next year,” Portnoy reports. “Then the offer came in and we couldn’t pass it up.

“It played into us moving things forward and getting our EP out now so we could have a product available to the public and have people get to know the music, rather than waiting through the traditional three to four month setup period the record companies usually need.”

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