Mike Portnoy has truly done it all in the eyes of many. Surprisingly, the star drummer still has some things on his list that he wants to get done. Some of these dreams seem huge, even to him, but they are all part of what he feels would be part of a perfect career. His biggest focus is drumming for one of his all-time favorite bands who he has admired for many years.
Recently, during an interview with Twisted Sister bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza’s Internet show “22 Now“, the former Dream Theater and current The Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy laid it all out about his career as he spoke about a dream of his which would be to get with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson as the replacement for late Rush drummer Neil Peart.
Portnoy was asked if that was something he would truly want to do as he replied: “Of course. That would be a dream to play with those guys. But I don’t wanna see the Blabbermouth headline right now, me thinking that I deserve the gig. I’m not saying that. You’re asking me a question. Hypothetically, of course, it would be a dream come true. Neil was my hero, and always will be, and Geddy and Alex are as well.”
Portnoy then continued on about his vision: “I don’t think in a million years they’ll play without him; I really don’t, but in a hypothetical dream scenario, I mean, come on — of course. But I don’t think in a zillion years it will happen. But it’s a nice dream to hypothetically wonder about. But I honestly don’t think it would ever happen. But who knows? You never know.”
Portnoy closes: “As much as hypothetically it would be fun, it would be amazing, it would also be an impossible role to fill,” Portnoy added. “It’s a no-win situation. Really, it would be impossible, ’cause his fans are as obsessive as they get — and count me amongst them. So, yeah, that would be a tough one.”