Mike Portnoy Opens Up About Not Being Able To Play Live, ‘It’s Not Normal For Us Musicians’

Former Dream Theater drummer and current member of Sons Of Apollo, Mike Portnoy, remembered the last time he played in front of the audience by sharing a new post on his official Instagram account.

Mike stated that one year ago today, he was playing at Sweeden with Sons Of Apollo and they were sent back to the United States after the show because the events got postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

While they were waiting for a newly discovered virus to come to an end quickly, a year passed away and this was the last time he played on a live event besides the virtual concerts.

Furthermore, Mike also pointed out that this is the first time he has been so far away from the fans in his whole career and said that this is not normal for any of the musicians to show how tough the situation is.

Here is what Mike Portnoy said:

“This picture was taken exactly a year ago tonight when Sons Of Apollo played in Gothenburg Sweden on March 3rd 2020. The next day we were sent back home to the US and the remaining European tour dates were put on hold. At the time, we hoped the newly discovered virus would pass quickly and we’d be back on the road with rescheduled dates within a few months.

Here we are a year later, and this was the last time I played publicly in front of a full audience. (The only exception being a virtual “lockdown” version of Morsefest in front of an extremely limited audience).

In my 30+ years of touring, I’ve never gone this long without playing live…it’s sad, it’s not normal for us musicians…never in the history of music has there been a year without concerts. I miss the stage, I miss the fans. While the time home has been nice as I’ve never had this much time with my family before, I need to play live to feel alive.

I’m praying we are close to getting back to normal soon…mask up, get the vaccine as soon as you can and be considerate and careful of others so we can all back to the world we used to know! I miss it and I miss you all 🙏”

You can check out the post by clicking here.