Mike Portnoy To Play Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite For 50th Birthday

Mike Portnoy

(Prog) Mike Portnoy will perform Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite in full on his 50th birthday Cruise To The Edge next year. The former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs sticksman revealed in March that he plans to celebrate his 50th birthday with a party on the Cruise To The Edge floating festival, which sets sail from Tampa, Florida, on February 7 and runs until February 11.

Portnoy wrote the collection of tracks to deal with his experience of alcoholism and always intended to perform it live in full. He says: "When I came up with the idea of writing a multi-part suite that was to span five albums - which ended up taking eight years to complete - it was always part of my masterplan to eventually perform it in it's entirely live on stage.

"It saddens me that I was not able to do so with Dream Theater after completing the final piece of my conceptual puzzle, but I've decided that I owe it to the fans to finally bring my 12 Step Suite to life on stage as I always envisioned."

Portnoy continues: "There's no better time and place than at my 50th birthday concert aboard Cruise To The Edge." Read more here.

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