MIKE PORTNOY To Play On 'Pan Rocks' RUSH Tribute Project


Steel drum orchestra Pan Rocks will enter the studio this fall to report its tribute to RUSH. Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER) will deal with drumming duties. The bassist and guitarist will probably be introduced within the coming weeks.

“I’m excited to participate on this distinctive musical expertise, which is in contrast to something I’ve completed but in my profession,” says Mike Portnoy. “And it’s at all times an honor to pay tribute to one in every of my greatest inspirations, my hero and pal, Mr. Neil Peart.”

Pan Rocks is a 50-to-100-plus-piece metal drum orchestra based by rock steelpannist Tracy Thornton. The RUSH recording is a comply with as much as the 2017 Pan Rocks “Project LA”, which featured the music of LED ZEPPELIN, KISS and JANE’S ADDICTION, all carried out by the metal drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, SONS OF APOLLO), Stephen Perkins (JANE’S ADDICTION, PORNO FOR PYROS), Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS), and Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD).

Thornton has as soon as once more known as on Matt Starr (MR. BIG, ACE FREHLEY) to supply the brand new challenge. “I am grateful to have the chance to assist Tracy understand his imaginative and prescient for this superb challenge,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 metal pan drummers play RUSH is simply mindblowing. I can not wait for everybody else expertise it.”

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MIKE PORTNOY To Play On 'Pan Rocks' RUSH Tribute Project

The Pan Rocks orchestra is made up of metal pannists from around the globe.

‘I am excited to have the chance to have fun the music of RUSH, the band that impressed me to turn out to be a musician within the first place,” stated Tracy Thornton. “Our crowdfunding marketing campaign will give the followers a chance to become involved. Plus, we now have some very cool, interactive, and unique rewards deliberate.”

Regarding the way forward for the challenge, Thornton stated: “My objective is to maintain pushing the boundaries and highlighting the capabilities of steelpan instrument within the rock and roll style, and attain extra music lovers. Ultimately, we’re working in direction of a touring present with each Western and conventional Trinidadian Carnival components.”

The recording will as soon as once more happen at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California. The challenge will probably be combined by Smiley Sean and mastered by Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (METALLICA, THE POLICE).