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Recently wrapping up the Shoot Tour with AmericanHead Charge, comedy rock kings Psychostick announce they will be performing the following Illinois show dates: Sept 27 – Catch 22 – Springfield, IL Sept 28 – The High Note – Pekin, IL Oct 24 – Maverick’s (95 WIIL Rock FM’s “Thirsty Thursdays”) – Mundelein, IL In addition to creating the greatest music video in the world – “Dogs Like Socks” – the band recently released a new video for “Sadface :(,” a social media song poking fun at wall whiners and pointless, attention-seeking posts.

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Journalist and musician Barbara Caserta of Italy’s Linearock conducted a 30-minute video interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) prior to THE WINERY DOGS‘ concert at Live Club in Trezzo sull’Adda, Milan, Italy. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked what led to his departure from ADRENALINE MOB, the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar), Portnoy said: “I’m very proud of the album I made with ADRENALINE MOB and I think that there was really a great chemistry there; it was a great band. I was definitely behind it. I spent two years of my life developing it and trying my best. But at the end of the day, I came out of DREAM THEATER wanting to do a lot of different things, and I wasn’t ready to commit exclusively to any one band. I had just spent 25 years with one band — and side projects, obviously, but committed to one band. And I said right from the beginning I was gonna plant many different musical seeds and see which grew, and that would kind of dictate where I would go and what I would do. And I spent a good solid two years giving my all to ADRENALINE MOB. But it only blossomed a little; I kept waiting for it to truly blossom and waiting for touring opportunities to come around, which never happened, and waiting for certain things to happen that never happened, so when it came time for them to start to want to do a new record, it’s, like, well, I have five months of THE WINERY DOGS dates on the calendar, so I had to make a decision; I couldn’t be in two places at the same time. Luckily, up until now, I’ve been able to juggle all these different things and make the schedules work out, but finally it came to a head where it’s, like, ‘OK, do I do a record with ADRENALINE MOB or do I tour with THE WINERY DOGS?’ And it’s, like, well, ADRENALINE MOB is not really growing fast enough. I don’t have time to get into a van and play to a hundred people a night for the next ten years to develop this when I have other opportunities and things like THE WINERY DOGS and other things that are offering opportunities and situations that I need to follow through with. So I haf to make a decision, and one shoe had to drop, and unfortunately, it happened to be ADRENALINE MOB.”

He continued: “[They’re a] great band, and I would have loved to have done more if they could have worked around my schedule, but I understand that they wanna keep working. So I had to make a decision and THE WINERY DOGS has a lot of buzz and opportunity and possibility and potential, so I didn’t want to not give it a fair chance.”

In a recent interview with Brazil’s “Wikimetal”, Allen stated about Portnoy‘s departure from ADRENALINE MOB: “He’s been, obviously, real busy with THE WINERY DOGS, which is his next band that he’s doing. The truth of it is we wanna keep working, we wanna keep doing ADRENALINE MOB and we don’t wanna wait around for Mike to have the time [to put into ADRENALINE MOB]. And he doesn’t know when he will have the time again, so that’s really what’s going down. Mike Portnoy was asked to be in the band by myself. Me and Orlando had already written all the material, so [ADRENALINE MOB‘s debut album] ‘Omertá’ was completely finished before Mike joined the act. And it’s a bummer, but he’s got his sights on other things, and he’s not gonna stick around. So we wish him the best of luck, but the MOB‘s gotta go on.”

ADRENALINE MOB‘s most recent touring and recording lineup also included DISTURBED bassist John Moyer

ADRENALINE MOB released “Covertá”, an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the group’s favorite songs, on March 12.

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Jeffrey Easton of Metal Exiles recently conducted an interview with Richie Kotzen of THE WINERY DOGS. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Exiles: The three guys that make up THE WINERY DOGS is an amazing musician in his own right. How did you make room in the songs for each one of you to stretch out?

Richie Kotzen: That is the interesting thing with this record, is that nobody lost their identity. It could have been really easy to get into the studio and everybody starts fighting for space, and there is a few reasons why it worked out the way it did. One, it is a three-piece and I am comfortable in a three-piece; it’s all I ever do when I play with my band. I think Mike [Portnoy, drums] wanted to try something new, so let the cards fall where they may, so to speak. He is being Mike Portnoy, but he realizes that it’s a three-piece, so he is listening and understands we are playing off of each other and playing on a smaller kit as well. Billy [Sheehan, bass] and I have played with each other for years, so we knew how to play together. Also, I think it had a lot to do with the way the material was written. We have songs on there that were written out of jams, just sitting in a room together and all of the parts just locked together. There were a few songs that I had written previously that I thought would be good for THE WINERY DOGS, but even on those songs, it was pretty well mapped out what was going to happen. The third thing that tied it together is that we have been musicians for so long that you learn how to work with other people.

Metal Exiles: As musicians, you have had very diverse careers from each other. How did you make all of this diversity come together in the writing process?

Richie: For the blues-based thing, you have to find a common ground and for anybody that knows me knows I am not a blues guy by any stretch, but my influences, even though they were rooted in rock, were heavily blues-influenced. For me, this record was not a stretch stylistically, but when you compare the other guys and their influences, they all have the same influences; they are just getting it from another place. We can sit down and talk about 20 bands and there might be 10 that we completely disagree on, but then there are those that we can connect on like CREAM, LED ZEPPELIN, THE WHO and the list goes on. So with me being the guitarist, singer and primary songwriter, in the end I am going to push us in that direction.

Metal Exiles: I know you have worked with Billy many times in the past but this was your first time with Mike Portnoy. Were there any growing pains in the studio while doing this record?

Richie: It went surprisingly smooth, and I honestly thought there would have been some hiccups here and there, but there weren’t. There were a few times where one of the guys was excited and trying to convey an idea and one of the other guys was trying to get his idea through, but that shit is normal in that environment. There were no problems; everybody gave the right amount of space. Those guys trust that I am the singer and guitar player, and although the door is open for ideas, eventually you have to let someone do their job. If I write a song, I am going to suggest a certain drumbeat because a song is written around a drumbeat, but it’s your job and I am not going to tell you how to do your job. I dont want to do that; I don’t want to tell you how to play because I do not want someone to dictate how I play.

Metal Exiles: The album is out and it did really well the first week. Do you think it did well because of the names on the album or the music itself or a combo?

Richie: I think it was combinations of that, but remember, they had plenty of time to hear the music because the record was out a month and a half in advance in Japan. People have followed the band on YouTube because we have three videos out and then you have the elements of the names, because they know who we are and they are curious. They want to know what we are going to do. Are we going to make a record where I can listen to the songs or is it going to be chaos? Let’s be honest, people were wondering what it was going to be like. In the end, when you hear the record, you say, “Cool, these guys made a musical record where you can hear some crazy playing but then you have songs you can listen to and remember.”

Read the entire interview at Metal Exiles.

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In 2012, one of the greatest Brazilian heavy metal bands rejoined forces with its original lead singer after 22 years. VIPER reunited with vocalist André Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN) in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the group’s album “Soldiers Of Sunrise”. For the first time ever, VIPER played its first two LPs, “Soldiers Of Sunrise” and “Theater Of Fate”, in their entirety during a short run of dates in Brazil.

VIPER‘s July 2012 concert in São Paulo was professionally filmed and will be released on DVD. Entitled “Live in São Paulo”, the set is currently being edited and finalized by DOGS CAN FLY producer Maurice Cersosimo.

In other news, “Soldiers Of Sunrise” and “Theater Of Fate” will be made available in deluxe remastered editions.

In addition to Matos, VIPER‘s 2012 lineup included Pit Passarell (bass, vocals), Felipe Machado (guitar) and Guilherme Martin (drums). Hugo Mariutti replaced Yves Passarell during the trek.

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Drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) was interviewed on the latest edition of “The Classic Metal Show”, which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Asked why he bothers still answering DREAM THEATER-related questions in interviews when he seems to get criticized no matter what he says, Portnoy replied: “Because when I get asked it, and then I say, ‘I don’t wanna talk about it,’ then that’s what goes in print and that becomes the headline and then I’m still a bad guy; there’s no winning.”

he continued: “My problem is that I care too much and I’m too honest; to be honest, that’s the problem. I wish I could say I have thick skin and I don’t give a shit what people say, but the reality is I do care what people say, and I’ve always been that way. I read the Internet, and I care what the fans have to say, and when they tear me apart, I wish I could say it doesn’t bother me, but the reality is I’m human. I guess that’s the bad that comes with the good. The good is that I do care and I read the Internet and I try to be a very fan-oriented artist. But the bad that comes with that is that I’m also subject to all the ridicule and the criticism and things like that.

“So, what can I say?! It is what it is, and I try my best ti ignore it and try to… The reality is that for every one person that tears me apart and hates me, I see 99 other people that are supportive and get it and are behind me. And I guess that’s what I really need to focus on and appreciate.”

Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 27 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI).

Portnoy played on AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s 2010 album, “Nightmare”, following the death of that band’s drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, and toured with them for the entire second half of that year.

Portnoy announced his departure from ADRENALINE MOB in June due to “scheduling conflicts.” A replacement drummer has not yet been announced.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.

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Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden’s Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalshrine: A self-titled album? Was that something that you thought of right away or did it come as you were working on it?

John: Actually, we decided it or brought it up before we ever got into the studio. I had kinda written this proposal up for everybody, outlining what I thought were some of the things that would be cool to try to tackle. Certain engineers and mixers we could use and what kind of album, sound and direction and within that part of it, was the idea, at least to discuss, that it might be a good idea to self-title this one. It wasn’t set in stone and if there was something that was just obviously way more fitting to what we were doing, then we were being open-minded. Keeping that in mind, as we started to talk about the kind of album we wanted to make, we had Mike Mangini [drums] there in the room with us and we’re writing these songs that were coming out really powerful and very signature of DREAM THEATER, it started making a lot of sense. Then when we had presented it to Roadrunner and our management, and only after hearing four songs, they were all aboard and thought it was the greatest idea. Included in the initial proposal, and again with the possibility that it might change, was the idea of just the way the album cover came out. It would just be the symbol, a very understated confidence and basically not titling it, not having our mind on the cover and only using the symbol, was a bold, strong statement. Kinda like they do in the movies when a new “Superman” is coming out. You see an S and you don’t have to say anything else.

Metalshrine: Just using the band name for the album, was that also something to do with it being the first real album with Mangini? Like a fresh start?

John: In a way. It’s funny because we’ve been together for 28 years and one of the things that always bugs me with bands that have been around and have a history, you hear fans going, “Those guys, are they still around?” or they go see them playing live and the band is trying to play a new song and it’s, like, “Don’t play the new song! Play the old stuff!” I don’t want that to ever happen to us. I want us to always reinvent and always having another opportunity to catch people’s attention. Sometimes the way it works out is that the first time they heard our band might be this album and they won’t even know the back catalog.

Metalshrine: How do you push yourselves and challenge yourselves after all this time?

John: It’s kinda part of the fun, to be honest. We take a lot of pride in what we do and when you take a lot of pride in it and you hopefully put that into what you do so there’s quality to it. People kinda get used to the fact that you’re not just gonna be lazy or complacent or not try hard. It’s like when BMW are coming out with cars. If you look at the history of cars, they get better and better. The materials get better and they learn new technology and it’s like they’re proud of each one, it’s a heritage. They’re not gonna come out with a shitty car that doesn’t work. [laughs] The challenge, as you bring it up, to be creative, is the fun of it. It’s like, “What can we do better?” It’s kinda cool.

Metalshrine: Is every member in the band replaceable?

John: No, I wouldn’t say that. In fact, you don’t even wanna think about it. It’s a weird thing to think of. It’s like one of those competitive slogans: “Everyone’s replaceable.” I guess it’s true in concept, but I think it gets to the point where if a certain combination or a certain person isn’t in a certain band, the sound is gone. It depends on each band and who it might be. You don’t wanna get too cocky about it, right, because “everyone’s replaceable.” [laughs]

Metalshrine: Could you see [former DREAM THEATER drummer] Mike Portnoy‘s band THE WINERY DOGS opening up for DREAM THEATER if he asked you?

John: Yeah. I mean… I said this a long time ago. When you play with somebody for that long, I don’t see that you would never see that person again. I can picture us playing a festival or something and we have history involved with all of our ex members. Sounds like a club! [laughs] I think the best thing to do is keep that type of thing friendly. It’s just the way to be in life, you know, but the next tour we’re doing is just ‘An evening with DREAM THEATER,” so there are no opening bands.

Read the entire interview at Metalshrine.

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THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR.

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Last week we laughed and laughed at the new Tumblr blog, Bass Dogs, and that wasn't enough for the internet. Today, I discovered Drum Fish!  My good friend and increasingly-talented photoshopper Axl Rosenberg at MetalSucks put together a fantastic collection of metal drummers who's sticks are replaced by fish. Take note: Check out more hilarity over …

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“This is not a side project,” insists former Dream Theater drummer.

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THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR.

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