Watch: DREAM THEATER’s Mike Portnoy Plays Classic VAN HALEN Songs On Alex Van Halen’s 2012 Drum Kit

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The beat of Alex Van Halen’s drums has left an indelible mark on the world of music and live performance. Renowned for his unique flair, rhythmic mastery, and signature drum tones, Alex’s influence is unmistakably woven into the fabric of today’s music scene.

His complex and personalized drum arrangements have inspired countless aspiring drummers to enhance their own setups with extra drums or cymbals, or to craft their own distinctive drum configurations.

Celebrating Alex Van Halen’s esteemed induction into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame in 2023, the magazine proudly unveils an exclusive video series, a tribute to Alex’s extraordinary career and his lasting impact.

Filmed at IronShore Studios in Grand Cayman, the series showcases interviews and performances by three of the current top drummers, all playing on Alex’s own 2012 custom touring drum set, a masterpiece crafted by the legendary John Douglas.

The series’ third installment features Mike Portnoy of DREAM THEATER, joining forces with Modern Drummer to express his admiration for VAN HALEN’s music and to discuss the profound influence Alex Van Halen had on his development as a drummer.

Following the insightful discussion, Mike takes center stage on Alex’s drum set, delivering an electrifying rendition of several iconic VAN HALEN songs and breaking down some of his most cherished Alex Van Halen drum patterns.

Previously, Portnoy hailed Alex Van Halen as one of the pivotal rock drummers, greatly shaping his own musical approach.

In a candid video for Revolver, Portnoy lavished praise on Van Halen, highlighting his mastery over the extensive double bass kit and the exceptional drumming showcased across the early VAN HALEN albums, particularly those featuring David Lee Roth, which significantly influenced him.

Mike Portnoy reminisced about his early days, playing VAN HALEN covers with his first band during his teenage years.

Modern Drummer, established in 1977, stands as the premier global drum and drumming publication, proudly celebrating all genres and skill levels with vigor and authenticity.

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