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Portnoy's New Band, Out Today, and Help Wanted Ad

The WQLZ Music Minute--Music news written by Bishop for 92.7 WQLZ, The Rock Station


Portnoy's new band


He’s had a pretty storied career thus far, and that’s just talking about the past couple of years. Dream Theater’s former drummer Mike Portnoy has a new home and it’s with the band The Winery Dogs. Saying he needed a break from quote “the Dream Theater machine,” the drummer is seeking new inspiration. And to find that inspiration with this new band, Portnoy stripped away some of his drums. He’s typically known for having huge elaborate sets, but now he’s down to just a five-piece set, which he says is just like the set he learned on. A couple of years ago, after Avenged Sevefold’s drummer The Rev passed away, Portnoy was asked to perform in studio and on stage. He eventually told his band Dream Theater that he found a new band. Dream Theater said “see ya.” And the rest is history. Now he’s in the band The Winery Dogs. What the hell?


Out today


The latest album from Avenged Sevenfold (not featuring Portnoy), Hail to the King, is out today. Fans can pick up the album in stores or if you threw down $99 for the box set, surely that’ll be on your doorstep today or tomorrow. Also out today is the new album from Devil Driver titled Winter Kills. Get to the music store today!


Help wanted


Rob Zombie is looking for some actors and other workers for his Great American Nightmare Halloween attraction in California. If you’re experienced in working a haunted house or if you’re a bit of a freak, or a midget or maybe even an outgoing bombshell hottie … Zombie wants you! Some of the qualifications that will pretty much guarantee you a spot include fire breathing, sword swallowing, stilt walking and others unique skills. A help wanted ad posted by the rocker says people better be thick skinned and comfortable with gore, nudity and offensive and disturbing material. This sounds like my kinda haunted house! Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare runs Oct. 10th thru Nov. 2nd.


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