Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy -- Your iPod Is Showing
"Along with the TiVo, the iPod is the greatest invention of the 21st century," Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy told Noisecreep. "I remember a time not too long ago that when I'd leave to go on tour, I'd have to pack giant CD folders with 100s of CDs to keep me company on the road ... but now I can have my entire library at my fingertips!
"I'm already on my sixth iPod now, as I've always upgraded when new ones come out with more storage. I've had a 20GB, a 40GB, an 80GB, a 160GB, a 64GB touch and now my master one is a refurburbished 5th Gen with a 240GB hard drive."
Given the size of Portnoy's drive, that leaves plenty of opportunity for interesting or embarrassing 'Your iPod Is Showing' lists. The drummer agrees. "My latest iPod is filled with everything from Abba to Accept, Bee Gees to Black Flag."
Obviously, a musician with such an adventurous and eclectic band is going to have a diverse iPod list, and Portnoy doesn't disappoint. During just 20 clicks, his machine conjures thrash (Megadeth, Anthrax), classic rock (Jethro Tull, Pete Townshend), classic metal (Scorpions), modern metal (Clutch, Dredg), modern prog (Beardfish), alt country (Wilco), experimental funk (Praxis) psychedelic-alternative (the Flaming Lips) and guitar pyro (Steve Vai).
Not only does Portney have a list that befits a really good college radio station, he provides commentary to explain and support his list. So here we go. Mike Portnoy, your iPod is showing:
Beardfish -- 'South of the Border'
My favorite prog band to emerge in