Mike Portnoy is a drummer, backing vocalist, and songwriter in the United States. Mike is best known to be the co-founder and a former drummer of rock band ‘Dream Theater’. He is popular for his technical drum skills. Besides working with ‘Dream Theater,’ Portnoy has done many tribute bands and several side projects too. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Mike Portnoy in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Michael Stephen Portnoy took birth on 20th April 1967 in Long Beach, New York. His father’s name is Howard Portnoy. He was a DJ at a local radio station. Later, Mike along with his father shifted to Carmel-by-the-Sea in California. His father got an offer to work at ‘KRML’ radio station there. His mother passed away in a plane crash on 16th November 1984 when she was with her boyfriend. During this time his interest in music started to grow.
Mike had full access to his father’s LP collection. He used to listen to ‘Rush,’ ‘Led Zeppelin,’ ‘Queen,’ ‘The Beatles’, etc. During his high school time, he got an opportunity to play in two local bands, and they released independent albums too. Mike achieved a scholarship in ‘Berklee College of Music.’ Mike is of Jewish ancestry.
Mike Portnoy got hitched to an all-female thrash metal band ‘Meanstreak’ guitarist Marlene in 1994. The couple has a son named Max John and a daughter named Melody Ruthandrea. The family is currently living in the Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Mike’s son Max is also fond of music. Max is now a drummer in a band named ‘Tallah.’
Career, Awards & Nominations
Mike Portnoy met bassist John Myung and guitarist John Petrucci while attending ‘Berklee College of Music’ in Boston. The trio formed the band ‘Dream Theater’ in 1985. On the other side, Mike involved with the band ‘Avenged Sevenfold.’ During the production of their 5th album ‘Nightmare,’ drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan passed away. Mike left ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ in 2010. On 8th September 2010, he resigned from the band ‘Dream Theater’.
After this, Mike has announced about his new musical projects ‘Adrenaline Mob’ and ‘Flying Colors.’ He collaborated with other musicians for these projects. Portnoy has formed a progressive metal band ‘Sons of Apollo’ along with Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Derek and Ron in 2017. Mike has achieved thirty awards from ‘Modern Drummer Magazine.’ When Mike was only 37, he was added into the ‘Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.’
Net Worth & Earnings
Mike Portnoy is the 2nd youngest to be added into the ‘Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.’ Besides being the co-founder of ‘Dream Theater,’ he has helped to form many bands. He had done several musical tours throughout in his musical career. He has co-produced six albums with ‘Dream Theater.’ Mike Portnoy’s estimated net worth is $10 million.
Mike Portnoy has achieved a lot from the music industry. He has won numerous awards for his spectacular drumming skills. He is a self-taught drummer. Mike has made some instructional videos like ‘Progressive Drum Concepts,’ ‘In Constant Motion’ and ‘Liquid Drum Theater.’