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Mike Portnoy Plans 50th Birthday Career-Spanning All-Star Set on 2017 ‘Cruise to the Edge’

Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Adrenaline Mob / Dream Theater)
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Drum icon Mike Portnoy hasn’t even celebrated his 49th birthday, but he’s got huge plans for his 50th! He’s spent time in a wealth of bands, writing and playing with some of rock and metal’s most esteemed musicians and now the drummer is tying it all together on the 2017 Cruise to the Edge.

Featuring an all-star cast, the cruise will see Portnoy and his colleagues hit the stage for a career-spanning set, playing music from the legend’s 30 years in the business. His résumé includes the Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance, the Neal Morse Band, Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Trio, OSI, Avenged Sevenfold, Rising Power, Inner Sanctum, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob, and more as well as Rush and Led Zeppelin tribute acts. In total, he has played on over 50 albums throughout his three-decade career.

Portnoy announced the news on his Facebook page, exclaiming:

April 20th 2017 is my 50th Birthday!
If I could have any wish, any birthday gift to celebrate half a century on Earth…it would be to gather all of my family, friends, bandmates and fans on a ship sailing across the ocean and celebrate my 50 years of life and 30 years of making music with all my loved ones!
Thank you to Larry Morand and Cruise to the Edge for granting me this wish and enabling me to share this gift of life and music with my family, friends, bandmates and fans on next year’s Cruise To The Edge!
An All-Star Career Retrospective Concert spanning 30 Years of Music!
This will be the ultimate MP concert event!
A celebration of life and music….
Mark your calendars now and book your trip ASAP before this event sells out!
Feb 7th to 11th 2017
Leaving from Tampa, FL


Earlier this month, Portnoy revealed why he left Dream Theater, stating “One of the reasons I needed to leave Dream Theater was because I didn’t want to end my career as just the drummer in one band. I didn’t want to play with the same four musicians for the rest of my life. I needed to spread my wings, and I knew I had more to offer than just Dream Theater.” [via Classic Rock]

To see who else has been announced for Cruise to the Edge, visit the official Facebook page.

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