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Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:22:34 PM »
I felt like this deserved its own thread since it really doesn't have much to do with his Shattered Fortress band.

This is what we know so far:

Mike Portnoy confirms a Progressive Metal Supergroup is in the works
https://www.facebook.com/mikeportnoyofficial/posts/1598772116807091

Former DT keyboardist Derek Sherinian posts a picture of his keyboard rig in a studio very similar to the one in Mike's pic
This tweet was quickly taken down but luckily someone got a screenshot of it.


Derek's keyboard tech posted a video on Instagram showing his rig while Derek practices a unison with a guitarist offscreen. This video has also been taken down but I managed to get a screenshot of the last second of the video which shows the guitarist: Bumblefoot


Today Miked and Derek tweeted this pic, pretty much confirming Derek's involvement, which we already knew  :P
https://twitter.com/MikePortnoy/status/840655819557367808
https://twitter.com/DerekSherinian/status/840657353225601024

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 02:05:00 PM »
I reposted the info with the picture of Bumblefoot at the MP forum and also at the MP forum in Facebook and he removed all of that.

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 02:13:24 PM »
I reposted the info with the picture of Bumblefoot at the MP forum and also at the MP forum in Facebook and he removed all of that.

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2017, 02:14:04 PM »
Bumblefoot?

Well, it could be really good if he adds in a unique influence, or he could adapt to them and make it standard stuff.

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2017, 02:33:39 PM »
I just hope he doesn't sing. I don't find his playing to be anything special but it's okay but his vocals I actively dislike.
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2017, 03:41:04 PM »
MP also said on his website that he will have the same level of control he had in DT. A first for him since he left DT
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2017, 03:43:06 PM »
It'll either stop being a supergroup and be his new home OR it'll last one album before he moves onto something else.
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2017, 03:47:35 PM »
I'm blanking, which band is MA?

I say one album  :lol
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2017, 03:50:59 PM »
I'm blanking, which band is MA?

I say one album  :lol

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2017, 03:52:23 PM »
I'm blanking, which band is MA?

I say one album  :lol

Metal Allegiance - one of his projects that I just cannot get into as that sort of metal just isn't my thing, and the fact that it's more like one of those Magna Carta record cover-albums (where the line-up is different in every song), I just don't see myself caring about it since it's not a single line-up on every piece, just a collection of different band's performances.

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2017, 06:37:13 PM »
I'm hoping this will be a "no holds barred" kind of thing, a la Planet X.
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2017, 06:43:47 PM »
This sounds like Planet X with Mike Portnoy on drums.

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2017, 07:27:46 PM »
I'm hoping this will be a "no holds barred" kind of thing, a la Planet X.
Agreed from the standpoint that they won't put limits on the style or sound (except maybe cookie monster vocals, which I fear will be evident). But unlike PX, which struck me as mostly instrumental flexing of their chops, I hope this new band follows the basic idea of having the heavy, the pop and the epic sides as DT does. Exactly how they go about doing it is up to them, and I welcome influences/directions that go outside of what DT has done.

My biggest question is who are the bassist and vocalist (assuming they are part of this group)? Who are LA based musicians that are musos but don't have a full-time gig that would take up a lot of their time? I couldn't help but think of Jason Newsted, but I haven't a clue as to where he lives or if he's even doing much with music these days. Perhaps looking at the guys MP's played with in different bands/projects could be a hint since he's played with the two we know of - more likely from one-off things like PSMS, Hail and Metal Allegiance, rather than TA, FC or TWD.
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2017, 07:32:17 PM »
Sheehan? Ellefson?
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2017, 07:32:45 PM »
My biggest question is who are the bassist and vocalist (assuming they are part of this group)? Who are LA based musicians that are musos but don't have a full-time gig that would take up a lot of their time? I couldn't help but think of Jason Newsted, but I haven't a clue as to where he lives or if he's even doing much with music these days. Perhaps looking at the guys MP's played with in different bands/projects could be a hint since he's played with the two we know of - more likely from one-off things like PSMS, Hail and Metal Allegiance, rather than TA, FC or TWD.


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Seeing how badly they've kept this project a secret, we'll probably figure out who else is involved soon  :P
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2017, 07:34:21 PM »
Mike Lepond!

He and MP seem to be competing for the most side projects. Seems fitting they'd do one together!
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 08:38:50 PM »
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Seeing how badly they've kept this project a secret, we'll probably figure out who else is involved soon  :P
I really think that all these leaks are done on purpose by the band. Derek made a photo with MP feet saying "making history... And you?" and the other has a image of Bumblefoot at the last frame of a video from the studio? Of course, they are  unofficially releasing information.
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2017, 09:03:22 PM »
The real question here is: will they play the full version of Apocalypse 1470 B. C. live this time?

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2017, 09:20:08 PM »
No, the real question is who the hell is Bumblefoot?

TAC, have you heard of this guy?
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« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2017, 09:23:06 PM »
No, the real question is who the hell is Bumblefoot?

TAC, have you heard of this guy?


Former guitarist for GnR. Think he was there for a while too.

Seems like a really talented guitarist, but I've never heard him write anything interesting riff or song wise.
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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2017, 09:41:15 PM »
Bumblefoot is currently in a band called Art of Anarchy, which was originally fronted by Scott Weiland before he passed away. Their current front man is former Creed vocalist Scott Stapp. From what I heard from them, they are pretty meh.

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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2017, 09:41:34 PM »
So glad they got Bumblefoot and not another JP clone for the band. Also, he's very capable as a guitarist and his influence should (hopefully) be really useful to create something new. Just hope he isn't the main vocalist of the band... and MP either  :facepalm:
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2017, 09:54:17 PM »
Former guitarist for GnR. Think he was there for a while too.
Eight years, one album. :lol

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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2017, 10:01:08 PM »
Former guitarist for GnR. Think he was there for a while too.
Eight years, one album. :lol

  :lol To be fair, the guy has put out a LOT of solo albums, and some of them are really good!
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« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2017, 10:02:53 PM »
Former guitarist for GnR. Think he was there for a while too.
Eight years, one album. :lol

Well yea, but they were a live band for the most part at that point. He wasn't really there to write as much as perform.

That's one of the things I'm worried about. Dude seems way more of a performer (or even instructor) than writer.
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« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2017, 10:25:58 PM »
Mike wrote this on his message board:
"There's a reason I post WHAT I post WHEN I post it...
Don't you think if I wanted the guitar player announced, I would've done it???
I appreciate your enthusiasm here, but please respect my wishes to only disclose certain things when *I* want that info disclosed and announced

How on Earth can that be misunderstood or misinterpreted in any way...it would seem pretty obvious to me
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So, doesn't look like the leaks are intentional.  Not the best way to handle that sort of thing.  Then again, if you're gonna hype this thing, why not just tell us who is in the band?  Or just keep it secret you're even working on something. 

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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2017, 11:03:05 PM »
But...a member of the band posted something. How is that our fault?
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« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2017, 11:04:13 PM »
But...a member of the band posted something. How is that our fault?

Totally. There's not a ton of people in the studio, just tell them to stop filming/posting things. Easier than telling thousands of people to stop talking about it.
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« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2017, 12:36:43 AM »
So Mike's fans arent't allowed to speculate based on the things we see? Because he 'doesn't want it'? Come on man, this sort of thing is inevitable in the internet age.
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« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2017, 12:40:31 AM »
But...a member of the band posted something. How is that our fault?

Totally. There's not a ton of people in the studio, just tell them to stop filming/posting things. Easier than telling thousands of people to stop talking about it.

For a group you supposedly have total creative control over, it should be pretty easy to tell them to stop, right?   

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« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2017, 12:46:37 AM »
He can delete posts from his own board but he can't fromothetfrom other places, like this, so I don't see why he bothers. Stop the leaks if you want to stop the talk.

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« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2017, 12:55:03 AM »
Wow, drama this early.  :corn

I like Bumblefoot when he was still using his name Ron Thal. He sounded like Mike Keneally then. Maybe he could bring that Zappa vibe to this group.

I also like how the thread title iS Mike Portnoy PMS. Suits the drama well. :lol
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« Reply #32 on: March 12, 2017, 05:53:01 AM »
You could be satisfied that your teasers spark interest in your future group/project and that people naturally speculate about the participants but you don't have to, although for me the latter doesn't really make sense.

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« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2017, 06:52:31 AM »
Sorry Mike, I love you, but.. stop whining like a little child.
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Re: Mike Portnoy Progressive Metal Supergroup
« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2017, 07:35:28 AM »
No, the real question is who the hell is Bumblefoot?

TAC, have you heard of this guy?

Hah, I have. He was in GnR, right. Haven't heard a single note the guy has played though.
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