Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy Pens Tribute To Late Father
We spoke to drummer, Mike Portnoy, about the album’s non-fiction content.Read Metal Hammer’s track-by-track review of ‘Black Clouds & Silver Linings’ here.
You wrote the lyrics to ‘The Best Of Times’, what’s it about?
“This is a real heavy personal subject about my dad who passed away during the making of this album – he was battling cancer throughout the making of the record. I just wanted to write something that was a tribute to our life together. I didn’t want to focus on something dark and depressing, I didn’t want to focus on the last six months of his life before dying, I wanted to focus on our 41 years together before that. I played the song to him before he died and it meant the world to us to hear that before he died.”
That must be quite heavy going to sing live.
“Absoultely. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle that live just yet. It’s still a hard song for me to listen to.”