Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Birthday MIKE PORTNOY (video)

#mikeportnoy #dreamtheater #thewinerydogs #flyingcolors #transatlantic #sonsofapollo #rockfileradio
Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 29 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. He co-produced six Dream Theater albums with guitarist John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory through Black Clouds and Silver Linings. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy had been writing a significant amount of Dream Theater's lyrics. He is the second youngest person (after Neil Peart) to be inducted into the Modern Drummer's Hall of Fame (at 37 years of age).
Besides his work with Dream Theater, Portnoy is known for his many side projects and tribute bands. He is a founding member of Liquid Tension Experiment, an instrumental progressive rock band featuring fellow Dream Theater members John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess along with bassist Tony Levin. He is also a founding member of Transatlantic, a progressive rock "super-group" featuring former Spock's Beard keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse, Flower Kings guitarist Roine Stolt and Marillion bassist Pete Trewavas. Portnoy has also recorded and/or toured/performed live with Neal Morse, OSI, Hail!, Stone Sour, Fates Warning, Overkill, G3 and played on Avenged Sevenfold's album Nightmare in place of their late drummer, The Rev. Over the years, Portnoy has also created tribute bands to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and The Who, which has allowed him to perform the music of his four favorite drummers.
In September 2010, Portnoy announced that he had left Dream Theater after 25 years. He was replaced by Mike Mangini. Since his departure, Portnoy started several new projects. The first, Adrenaline Mob, a straight rock/metal band with Russell Allen, singer of Symphony X, and guitarist Mike Orlando. On June 4, 2013, however, Portnoy announced his departure from Adrenaline Mob, citing scheduling conflicts. He has also started a progressive pop oriented band with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue, and Casey McPherson called Flying Colors and a power trio together with Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (former Mr. Big, Poison) called The Winery Dogs.































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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Birthday ROD MORGENSTEIN (video)

#rodmorgenstein #dixiedregs #winger #dregs #rockfileradio
Rod Morgenstein (born April 19, 1953, in New York) is an American drummer and music educator. He is best known for his work with the late 1980s rock band Winger and with the jazz fusion band Dixie Dregs.
He also played with Fiona, Platypus, The Steve Morse Band, and Jelly Jam. He has also done session work with Jordan Rudess including his ventures with the Rudess/Morgenstein Project. He also toured with Jazz is Dead. He has also been awarded Modern Drummer 's "Best Progressive Rock Drummer" five years (1986-'90), "Best All-Around Drummer" (1999) and was inducted into magazine's Honor Roll.

He is currently an Associate Professor teaching Percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Morgenstein plays Premier drums left-handed, and he still tours with the band Winger in Europe and in the United States. He has also been a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine.

Rod is known for his versatility of playing many styles of music.























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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Birthday MARK TREMONTI (video)

#marktremonti #alterbridge #creed #rockfileradio
Mark Thomas Tremonti (born April 18, 1974) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the American rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also collaborated with many other artists over the years. He released his debut solo album, All I Was, in July 2012, Cauterize is due June 2015.
Since his early years with Creed, Tremonti has received positive recognition as a guitarist and songwriter and has received a number of accolades, including one Grammy Award for Creed's single "With Arms Wide Open." He was also named "Guitarist of the Year" for three consecutive years by Guitar World, and in 2011 he was listed in Total Guitar magazine as the fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time. As a vocalist, he has a high baritone vocal range.
































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Happy Birthday MIKE MANGINI (video)

#mikemangini #dreamtheater #stevevai #rockfileradio
Mike Mangini (born April 18, 1963 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American drummer, and the current drummer for progressive metal band Dream Theater. He has played for Annihilator, Extreme, James LaBrie, and Steve Vai, among others. He was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and is also known for his work as a session musician.[1] At his height from 2002–2005, Mangini was famous for setting five World's Fastest Drummer (WFD) records. He also has written two books titled Rhythm Knowledge about his drumming techniques, a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex polyrhythms and time signatures. Mangini appeared on the Discovery Channel show Time Warp, displaying his drum skills for high speed cameras. In 2010 Mangini joined Dream Theater, after the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

























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Happy Birthday KELLY HANSEN (video)

#kellyhansen #hurricane #foreigner #rockfileradio
Kelly Hansen (born April 18, 1961) is an American singer, best known as the current frontman of the rock band Foreigner. He started his career as an independent studio singer. He later met guitarist Robert Sarzo and bassist Tony Cavazo (brothers of Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo, respectively, of Quiet Riot fame), with whom he formed the hard-rock band Hurricane in 1984. Hurricane would achieve some moderate commercial success throughout the mid-to-late 1980s and into the 1990s. However, Hurricane's record label went bankrupt in 1991, and the band disbanded shortly thereafter.
Hansen continued to make music, recording as a guest and session singer for many projects, including Slash's Snakepit, Fergie Fredriksen, Don Dokken, and Bourgeois Pigs. In 1998 Hansen joined the band Unruly Child replacing vocalist Mark Free. Unruly Child recorded a new album which was released in early 1999. 2001 saw the return of Hurricane with an altered lineup and new album, Liquifury. In 2003, Hansen joined forces with Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi and recorded a self-titled album under the band name Perfect World. Hansen then went on to join Foreigner in 2005 after Lou Gramm left in 2003 to pursue his solo career.

Hansen is the fourth lead singer of Foreigner, with Lou Gramm, Johnny Edwards and Chaz West being Hansen's predecessors.
























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