Dan Shinder of Drum Talk TV recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). Portnoy talked about what makes THE WINERY DOGS so universally appealing; lesser-known influences of his; Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Phil Collins (GENESIS), as well as the contemporary drummers he admires the most; and who he thinks is the most physically entertaining drummer since Keith Moon (THE WHO).
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 He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI).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 2013 due to "scheduling conflicts." He has since been replaced by A.J. Pero (TWISTED SISTER).
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, 2013 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15, 2013 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.