Time for your weekly update on Mike Portnoy! In only a matter of months the legendary musician went from ex-Dream Theater drummer to ex-Avenged Sevenfold drummer to drummer in a, err, Beatles cover band, called Yellow Matter Custard. Srsly!

After having had such a fun experience the first time around in 2003, Mike Portnoy, Paul Gilbert (Paul Gilbert, Racer X) and Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard) are reuniting once again to pay tribute to their greatest influence of all: The Beatles!

Due to a scheduling conflict (and further fueling the "Paul is dead" rumours), original YMC bassist Matt Bissonette is unable to join the band this time, but Yellow Matter Custard is pleased to announce the addition of Utopia legend Kasim Sulton who will surely be an amazing addition to the line-up.

The setlist for these shows will be ALL NEW without any repeats from the 2003 shows.


Yellow Matter Custard - Three Nights Across America 2011:

Fri Feb 25th - Long Beach, CA - Art Theater of Long Beach
Sun Feb 27th - Chicago, IL - (tba)
Mon Feb 28th - New York City, NY - BB King's




In other news, Mike Portnoy is still busy recording a new album for his as-yet-unnamed project featuring Steve Morse (Deep Purple, ex-Kansas), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, Endochine). An overview of studio reports can be found at this location.


Source: mikeportnoy.com
Band profile: Dream Theater
Event: Yellow Matter Custard: Three Nights Across America 2011
 
Posted: 11.01.2011 by Thryce



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The Shape 1973 - 11.01.2011 at 11:37  
The pictures on the flyer look like some bizarre Beachboys reunion.
Angelic Storm - 11.01.2011 at 11:45  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 11.01.2011 at 11:37

The pictures on the flyer look like some bizarre Beachboys reunion.


I literally lol'ed reading that post! hehee

Its funny, Ive been listening to quite a lot of The Beatles' lately, and metal band's covers of their tunes...
CHEF METALHEAD - 11.01.2011 at 14:04  
Here really soon he will be playing a Las Vegas Lounge the rate hes going....
JD - 11.01.2011 at 14:21  
Please!! no more Mike Portnoy news Please!!
BynersA7X - 11.01.2011 at 14:45  
Mike... Completely lost without Dream Theater :/
BudDa - 11.01.2011 at 15:13  
Haha. Well, atleast hes still trying to remain relevant..even though its only with Yellow....what?!
ImperialTroll - 11.01.2011 at 15:42  
Can't believe he went from DT to this should've kept some dignity and just quit or something now he's making a fool out of himself
YoreLore - 11.01.2011 at 15:56  
No point talking about the Beatles on this site. I'm sure hundreds on here would be scared to listen to something that isn't metal. All the musicians in this tribute band are excellent
CHEF METALHEAD - 11.01.2011 at 16:09  
Written by YoreLore on 11.01.2011 at 15:56

No point talking about the Beatles on this site. I'm sure hundreds on here would be scared to listen to something that isn't metal. All the musicians in this tribute band are excellent

I love the Beatles. If it wasn't for the Beatles and Black Sabbath, we wouldn't have all these great musicians.....
Angelic Storm - 11.01.2011 at 16:10  
Written by CHEF METALHEAD on 11.01.2011 at 14:04

Here really soon he will be playing a Las Vegas Lounge the rate hes going.... He does have Paul Gibert with him!!


What does having Paul Gilbert with him have to do with anything? Does he play at Las Vegas Lounges?

@Junglemanchild: Not me! The Beatles are awesome. xD
CHEF METALHEAD - 11.01.2011 at 16:14  
Written by Angelic Storm on 11.01.2011 at 16:10

Written by CHEF METALHEAD on 11.01.2011 at 14:04

Here really soon he will be playing a Las Vegas Lounge the rate hes going....


What does having Paul Gilbert with him have to do with anything? Does he play at Las Vegas Lounges?
Paul Gilbert is great and just joking about the Lounges.
@Junglemanchild: Not me! The Beatles are awesome. xD
Captain Obvious - 11.01.2011 at 16:15  
Mike Portnoy is quickly becoming the Brett Favre of the metal world...
CHEF METALHEAD - 11.01.2011 at 16:17  
Written by Angelic Storm on 11.01.2011 at 16:10

Written by CHEF METALHEAD on 11.01.2011 at 14:04

Here really soon he will be playing a Las Vegas Lounge the rate hes going....


What does having Paul Gilbert with him have to do with anything? Does he play at Las Vegas Lounges?
Paul Gilbert is great and just joking about the Las Vegas Lounges...
@Junglemanchild: Not me! The Beatles are awesome. xD
JD - 11.01.2011 at 17:05  
Written by CHEF METALHEAD on 11.01.2011 at 16:09

I love the Beatles. If it wasn't for the Beatles and Black Sabbath, we wouldn't have all these great musicians.....

OK, then why he joined Avanged suckin fold? and i don't wanna hear if he joind Beatles or Cannibal Corpse he just fucked up when he joind A7.
Sanzo - 11.01.2011 at 17:16  
Whatever happened to the Mike Portnoy/Steven Wilson/Mikael Akerfeldt project?
Darkside Momo - 11.01.2011 at 17:21  
Written by Sanzo on 11.01.2011 at 17:16

Whatever happened to the Mike Portnoy/Steven Wilson/Mikael Akerfeldt project?

As stated in the previous Portnoy news, Wilson and Akerfeldt work on it... without him.
Dominus - 11.01.2011 at 17:49  
Lol
Holy Man - 11.01.2011 at 18:02  
Wow... yep... his career is in the tank... jesus christ a fuckin beatles tribute band... that's just... I don't even know... there are no words for that... at least he kinda looks like Ringo Starr I guess... What a fuckin joke...
Jiri - 11.01.2011 at 18:13  
Written by Captain Obvious on 11.01.2011 at 16:15

Mike Portnoy is quickly becoming the Brett Favre of the metal world...


Hahahaha, spot on, bro!
CHEF METALHEAD - 11.01.2011 at 19:15  
Written by JD on 11.01.2011 at 17:05

Written by CHEF METALHEAD on 11.01.2011 at 16:09

I love the Beatles. If it wasn't for the Beatles and Black Sabbath, we wouldn't have all these great musicians.....

OK, then why he joined Avanged suckin fold? and i don't wanna hear if he joind Beatles or Cannibal Corpse he just fucked up when he joind A7.
Okay....
The Voyager - 11.01.2011 at 20:11  
This is getting really old. I like Portnoy a lot, especially for his drumming in DT. But it seems to me that he really has no idea what to do with himself outside of Dream Theater, and is just going to continue doing all of these pointless projects in an effort to garner attention. To be honest, I couldn't care less about this band, or the other band that he formed with the two Morse brothers a week ago. It's just stupid.
Fat & Sassy! - 11.01.2011 at 21:37  
As stated, they've done this before, and it's nothing new for Mike. He's a big music fan and he's been involved with tribute stuff before. I don't see where the "shame" is in paying tribute to artists that inspire you. :/
Angelic Storm - 11.01.2011 at 22:05  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 11.01.2011 at 21:37

As stated, they've done this before, and it's nothing new for Mike. He's a big music fan and he's been involved with tribute stuff before. I don't see where the "shame" is in paying tribute to artists that inspire you. :/


Exactly. I dont remember people getting out the knives for him when he played in this exact same tribute band while he was actually still in Dream Theater. Why are all of a sudden people moaning about it now, just beacuse he isnt in DT anymore?
Lit. - 11.01.2011 at 22:18  
I don't like the Beatles. I perfer the Rolling Stones.
But it seems alot of people on this site are VERY close-minded.
For shame.
Xnoybis - 11.01.2011 at 22:33  
So Mike is a very talented drummer... but that's not important here. the big question is "Can Mike flip his hair for the camera like Ringo?"
Darkside Momo - 11.01.2011 at 22:35  
Written by Angelic Storm on 11.01.2011 at 22:05

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 11.01.2011 at 21:37

As stated, they've done this before, and it's nothing new for Mike. He's a big music fan and he's been involved with tribute stuff before. I don't see where the "shame" is in paying tribute to artists that inspire you. :/


Exactly. I dont remember people getting out the knives for him when he played in this exact same tribute band while he was actually still in Dream Theater. Why are all of a sudden people moaning about it now, just beacuse he isnt in DT anymore?

I guess it's exactly that
Plus, of course, that Portnoy does actually need to prove he's still alive and relevant, of course... Hey, he was ditched from DT, A7X, the Portnot-Akerfeldt-Wilson project, and he has, as of now, no real band to speak of.
Holy Man - 11.01.2011 at 22:49  
The problem with Portnoy at this point isn't that he's in a cover band, or in another dead end side project with whoever else... the point is that he's in the fuckin news 3 or 4 times a god damn week since his departure from A7X... which was probably the single smartest thing THEY have ever done. It's ridiculous, he's releasing a statement about this incident, and he's saying he's startin' up some shit with these guys and blah blah blah... shut the fuck up Portnoy, you're rich, bow out with some dignity, while you're still reasonably respected, at least as a drummer if not a person. Dream Theater don't want you anymore, play drums in your basement... we can't all do it forever man, and right now, he's just marring his reputation with all these "statements" and promises and "just you wait and see" comments... bullshit. His career's over, he just can't admit it.
Asunder - 12.01.2011 at 02:51  
Written by Darkside Momo on 11.01.2011 at 17:21

Written by Sanzo on 11.01.2011 at 17:16

Whatever happened to the Mike Portnoy/Steven Wilson/Mikael Akerfeldt project?

As stated in the previous Portnoy news, Wilson and Akerfeldt work on it... without him.

making it just another opeth album..

portnoy is a musical slute
4look4rd - 12.01.2011 at 03:12  
I thought the picture was a joke, but now I'm too afraid to admit that this is the actual poster.
INÆRIS - 12.01.2011 at 06:26  
It's not like this is some new thing though. He played with these guys in 2003. I don't see anything wrong with it. If I had a chance to do a couple shows with Paul Gilbert, I'd take it.
DrunkenFuck - 12.01.2011 at 08:42  
A bit of a waste of talent if you ask me xD
TheBigRossowski - 12.01.2011 at 16:58  
Lot of crazy posts here. The Beatles are badass, Dudes, get with the program!

I'd love to see this shit!
I_Die_Often - 13.01.2011 at 01:01  
Written by Captain Obvious on 11.01.2011 at 16:15

Mike Portnoy is quickly becoming the Brett Favre of the metal world...

I'm in Minnesota so I *LOVE* this comment!
Black Conundrum - 13.01.2011 at 06:52  
This band existed with Mike Portnoy in 2003, so the concept of Mike Portnoy being in a Beatles tribute band isn't new. While Portnoy is a great drummer, I have caught on to the amount of attention he's received after leaving Dream Theater, and that is an area of concern.
The Shape 1973 - 13.01.2011 at 22:28  
Members needed for new band The Publicity Whores,

Mike Portnoy, drums
Timo Tolkki, guitars

Like minded egomaniacs needed to create music that is bound to disappoint.
Darkside Momo - 13.01.2011 at 22:32  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 13.01.2011 at 22:28

Members need for new band The Publicity Whores,

Mike Portnoy, drums
Timo Tolkki, guitars

Like minded egomaniacs needed to create music that is bound to disappoint.

Publicity whores, eh?
Add Axl Rose, vocals
Almagest - 16.01.2011 at 04:25  
Of course, since it is an obvious fact that Mike is only in for the money it is flat out impossible that he could be doing something just because he actually likes it, whether it gets him admiration and money or not.

Ya right, he only wants fame and money and that's why he leaves that irrelevant band - what was their name again? - and pursues a project that's going to get him loads of screaming fangirls. Freaking sellout!

The comments on here are approaching Blabbermouth levels of genius.

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