Winner (first place) of the "Best Instructional Drum Video/DVD"
—Modern Drummer Magazine's 2002 Readers Poll
Drummie Award for Best Video 2002; —Drum Magazine
"...the DVD set is a MUST BUY for any musician hoping to improve their chops or just be entertained by the amazing drumming of Mike Portnoy...There is so much to this deep and useful instructional video that you will continue to view it for years to come."—The New Digital Reporter; December 24; 2001
VOTED BEST VIDEO 2000***—Modern Drummer Magazine
"...contains everything you would ever want to know about Portnoy's performances...for Portnoy fans this show is guaranteed to entertain and enlighten."
—Mike Heid; Modern Drummer Magazine; April 2000
Disc One features music from both CDs by Liquid Tension Experiment and includes footage shot at Millbrook Studios where both were recorded. Mike performs eight songs/segments and breaks down parts from each; explaining how to develop a “toolbox” of fills and patterns to draw from. Featured throughout is exclusive footage of the making of the first LTE album; as well as rare live footage of the band.
Disc Two focuses on the music of Dream Theater and features footage shot at Beartracks Studios. Mike performs eleven songs/segments from the Falling Into Infinity and Scenes From A Memory CDs and isolates the drum parts from each song. He discusses playing in odd-time signatures; developing double-bass drum technique; soloing; and much more. Includes exclusive live footage of Dream Theater from their 1998 World Tour.
Special DVD Features: Two Bonus; Live Performances; one by Dream Theater and one by Liquid Tension Experiment! Over twenty minutes of new footage! Also features a full-length commentary by Mike; a camera switching option; allowing the viewer to “direct” four studio performances; a photo gallery; and more!