Dream Theater Drummer Mike Mangini To Unveil Art Collection
Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini will unveil an art collection crafted from the new medium of “rhythm-on-canvas” on February 2. Mangini has been working with art team and publisher SceneFour on the collection. Join the interest list at www.mikemanginiart.com for more details and to see it before the release.
Asked if there was anything he wished Dream Theater had done differently in the way they went about finding a replacement for original Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy in 2010, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci said: “There’s not many situations in life where you can say you wouldn’t have done anything differently, but this is one of ’em. I think, looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”
He continued: “Mike Mangini really helped us to get through a major band member change, and in a way, that was probably as smooth as any band member change could have gone. The way that he came in, his personality, his skills as a drummer, his background, his history… it clicked to the point where it was, like, if we would have met Mike Mangini twenty years ago, we would have been playing with this guy. If I would have grown up with him, I would have been friends with him jamming. And that’s rare. It’s rare to do that one time around.”
Petrucci added: “You know so many musicians in bands that are having trouble finding people to play with, and who click, and so the fact that this happened with Mike Mangini, it’s really just amazing to us. And since he’s been in the band, we’ve done three albums, several world tours and, thankfully, have had a lot of success with it, and a lot of support from our fans through all of it. And, again, I wouldn’t have done anything differently. It’s really amazing.”