In a new interview with 22 Now, former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has opened up about on idea of joining the rock band Rush as a successor of the late drummer Neil Peart and said it would be great.
Mike Portnoy is known for his tenure with the progressive metal band Dream Theater that he formed in 1985. After 25-year career with his own band, Portnoy had departed in 2010. Throughout his career with them, Portnoy had released 10 studio albums and one EP, titled A Change of Seasons.
On the other hand, Neil Peart was a Canadian drummer who reached international success as a member of the rock band Rush. He performed in the band from 1974 to his retirement due to health issues in 2015. Inspiring numerous drummers and being one of the best drummers in the rock and roll community, Peart appeared in the entire Rush albums except for the self-titled debut.
However, during his recent interview on the internet, Mike Portnoy, who previously shared an emotional tribute photo for Neil Peart, once again paid his tribute to the late drummer and was discussed the idea of joining Rush. Saying that it would be a dream come true moment, Portnoy once again admitted that Neil Peart was his hero.
“Hypothetically, of course, it would be a dream come true,” Portnoy says. “Neil was my hero, and always will be, and Geddy and Alex are as well. I don’t think in a million years they’ll play without him, I really don’t.
“In a hypothetical dream scenario, I mean, come on, of course. I don’t think in a zillion years it will happen, but it’s a nice dream to hypothetically wonder about.
“I honestly don’t think it would ever happen, but who knows, you never know. As much as hypothetically it would be fun, it would be amazing, it would also be an impossible role to fill.
“It’s a no-win situation, really, it would be impossible because his fans are as obsessive as they get – and count me amongst them – so yeah, that would be a tough one.”
Portnoy Says Rush Was Great On Their Farewell Tour
In the continuation of his words, Portnoy has shared his honest opinion on Rush‘s farewell tour. Saying that Rush executed the tour incredibly, Portnoy added that they were top of their playings.
“They went out on such a high,” Portnoy continues. “Their last tour was a farewell tour. I don’t think anybody expected Neil to pass, but they wanted to stop touring, so they really went out with such an amazing tour.
“That tour was just so well done, so perfectly executed, and they went out with all three of them still at the top of their game, so I give them all the credit in the world for that.”
Elsewhere, Mike mentioned the tragic passing of his hero Neil Peart. According to him, it’s sad that he didn’t live his retirement perfectly.
“And it’s just sad that Neil didn’t get many years to enjoy the retirement before he got sick, that saddens me,” he adds.
“I have the kit, here’s my Neil Peart kit waiting to be played. I do have a Neil Peart replica in there…
“And I have a John Bonham kit in there as well, so yeah, I have spent a lot of years playing those Rush songs inside and out. I know them all, that’s how I learned to do what I do.”