Drummer Mike Portnoy has a thing about bashing out rock and metal classics on tiny drums. In 2015, the former Dream Theater/current Winery Dogs/Sons Of Apollo man played ‘name that tune’ on a Hello Kitty drumkit. And now time, he’s thrashing a kit that capitalises on the success of the popular Pokemon franchise.
Portnoy starts with the opening drum fill from Dream Theater's 6:00 before falling to the floor as the tiny kit disintegrates. This sets the tone for much that follows, as Portnoy attempts to play his old band’s Honour Thy Father and Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It.
Net up it’s Name That Tune time, as Portnoy proceeds to savage the miniature percussion with Indians by Anthrax, King Diamond’s Welcome Home, Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills, Judas Priest’s Painkiller, Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher and Slayer’s double-bass drum spectacular Angel of Death.
Portnoy then kicks the kit away in despair. He’ll no doubt return with another set next year.