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  1. Where can I find photos of the "underwear" clinic? faq id: 168
  2. For the Liquid Drum Theater video, how long did each session take to record? faq id: 169
  3. What’s the story on this “underwear” clinic Mike did? Is it true that he went crazy? faq id: 170
  4. Does Mike get nervous when doing clinics, especially when at conventions where other notable drummers are performing? faq id: 171
  5. When will Mike do a clinic in ___________? faq id: 172
  6. Will Mike ever release Dream Theater/Liquid Tension Experiment/TransAtlantic/OSI songs on CD without the drums (as he has for clinics)? faq id: 173
  7. How can I get Mike's latest drum instruction video, Liquid Drum Theater (LDT)? faq id: 174
  8. How much input did Mike have in the presentation of the footage on Liquid Drum Theater? faq id: 448
  9. How did the Liquid Drum Theater video end up being a double? faq id: 449
  10. When and where did Mike do his very first drum clinic? faq id: 450
  11. How involved was Mike with the making of Liquid Drum Theater? faq id: 451
  12. Was it easy or difficult for Mike to do his instructional videos? faq id: 452

Questions and Answers

  1. Where can I find photos of the "underwear" clinic? faq id: 168
    They Can be found in the MULTIMEDIA section.

  2. For the Liquid Drum Theater video, how long did each session take to record? faq id: 169
    MP: A day each. We did the LTE stuff at Millbrook directly following the TransAtlantic sessions - so I did the first TransAtlantic album, and then stayed an extra day to record the LTE footage. Then a month or so later, the DT stuff was filmed at Beartracks studio in one day.

  3. What’s the story on this “underwear” clinic Mike did? Is it true that he went crazy? faq id: 170
    Answer: The fans attended the clinic in Berlin in October 2000 never knew exactly what hit them! Being on the road and working as much as a musician like Mike does can be extremely detrimental to your state of mental health at times. The fatigue of being caught in an endless loop of daily survival amongst the same songs and questions over and over begins to really set in, especially after a tour of such magnitude as Dream Theater's M2000 tour. Mix that with the semi-isolation of constantly being thousands of miles away from home while you spend the last few months trying to adapt to a complete and total change of mindset and lifestyle, and you've got the formula for a sudden outburst of mental instability - otherwise known as stress-release. Now imagine going to that clinic, expecting what you'd normally expect from an MP clinic, and not suspecting an outward display of reaction to the living conditions as described above. You get in line, get into the venue, sit down with your friends and await the appearance of Mike behind the lonely drum kit on the stage before you. Then it happens... Mike comes out onto the stage, but something isn't quite right... Is that???... no.... NOOO..... YES!! IT IS!! HE IS WEARING HIS UNDERWEAR ON HIS HEAD!! OK ok... hehehehe... he's just messing around... he's gonna take it off and get serious in a minute... or two... or 10....wait, he's not taking the underwear off of his head!! In fact, right before your very eyes, he begins to flop around on the floor like a fish out of water, refuses to provide a single serious answer to any questions, and proceeds to trash his drum kit and start throwing sticks around the room!! Yes folks, after all the extensive touring and intense work/life happenings, he finally totally lost his mind, and it just so happened to be in public AT a clinic IN public in Berlin!

  4. Does Mike get nervous when doing clinics, especially when at conventions where other notable drummers are performing? faq id: 171
    MP: Yes of course I feel some pressure in those type of situations. I am my worst critic and sometimes I feel my reputation preceeds me at these festivals. Because of all the Drum awards I've won, I get the feeling these guys look at me like “OK Portnoy, impress me!”...and it makes me crazy!!! Drummers all have different styles and it's not fair to say “this drummer is better than that drummer.” To me it all comes down to certain syles appealing to different people's taste. I watch a drummer like Dennis Chambers or Vinnie Colauita and *know* that I can't do alot things they do, but for some reason *my* style and approach strikes a chord with alot of drummers for different reasons. Once I remember that the people that come to see me are coming to see “Mike Portnoy” because they like my style...and they are not coming to see Dennis Chambers..then I relax a bit!

  5. When will Mike do a clinic in ___________? faq id: 172
    Mike's drum clinics are usually sponsored by Sabian and Tama and arranged by local drum shops or music retailers. If you really want Mike to come to your city, ask your local drum retailer to contact Sabian and Tama. When Mike's schedule permits, he always squeezes in as many clinic requests as he can. Updates can be found in the CLINIC DATES sections and will be announced in the MP NEWSLETTER.

  6. Will Mike ever release Dream Theater/Liquid Tension Experiment/TransAtlantic/OSI songs on CD without the drums (as he has for clinics)? faq id: 173
    MP: I would love to someday have some transcription books available along with an accompanying minus-drums CD...but as of this moment, there are no definite plans. [Mike has further added in the past that he would need to get the OK from the other musicians on each release since they appear “naked” without having the drums in the mix – ed.]

  7. How can I get Mike's latest drum instruction video, Liquid Drum Theater (LDT)? faq id: 174
    The MP store is selling this now. Just CLICK HERE.

  8. How much input did Mike have in the presentation of the footage on Liquid Drum Theater? faq id: 448
    MP: Rob and Paul get a director's credit as it's their company, but they were giving metotal freedom and creative control. So in that sense, I directed it with them, but they get the credit. They gave me SO much control - I was in the studio every day with them and I laid out the entire format of both videos from start to finish - every single sequence - how it would connect, where it would go. Being that film is one of my great loves, I get passionately involved with that and I love it!

  9. How did the Liquid Drum Theater video end up being a double? faq id: 449
    MP: That wasn't the original intention, but we ended up filming so much stuff, and had so much material that I guess it made sense, and it made sense to break them up into two different volumes.

  10. When and where did Mike do his very first drum clinic? faq id: 450
    Answer: February 9th, 1995 in Frankfurt, Germany.

  11. How involved was Mike with the making of Liquid Drum Theater? faq id: 451
    MP: Not as involved as Scenes From New York, but still quite involved. They were produced and directed by Rob Wallis and Paul Siegel of Hudson Music. But Rob and Paul were very open to my direction. They allowed me to come in and oversee every area, from content to sequence editing. They were great to work with and were totally open-minded and easy to get along with.

  12. Was it easy or difficult for Mike to do his instructional videos? faq id: 452
    MP: Well, it's pretty natural because I do so many clinics. I have done hundreds of them now so an instructional video is just capturing those concepts and those performances on video. As I said before my love for film and video is a big part of my creativity so when I get that chance to do an instructional video I am applying the two worlds that I love most - the music and video. When Liquid Drum Theater was released on DVD, I really enjoyed that because I was able to put lots of bonus footage on there, as well as an audio commentary and multi camera angles. I love DVD and working in that format is very exciting.