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Rush Has Huge Influence On Mike Portnoy

04/14/2015
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Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, the Winery Dogs) discusses the huge influence Rush and their acclaimed drummer Neil Pert had on him in a new video interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

"I can't possibly overstate how much influence Rush had on me as a young teenager," says Portnoy in the video. "I would say from about 1981 to 1987, they were my gods. Neil Peart was my god at that point, and was a huge, huge influence on my drumming."

He adds, "The size of the drum set, the way I approached the drums, the odd time signatures, the progressive-styled instrumental music - I mean, just everything about Rush at that point, when I was a developing teenager, was huge. I've seen them on every tour since then." Watch the full interview here.

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