Marco Minnemann Had Never Heard Dream Theater Before Audition

Back in 2010, Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater’s founding drummer, quit the band. Not wanting to give up a good thing, the band decided to continue on without him, and began searching for his replacement. This led to a series of auditions by the top drummers of our day, including Virgil Donati (Steve Vai, Planet X), Aquiles Priester (Angra), even Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal) – and then of course, Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Paul Gilbert, fucking NECROPHAGIST!?!?!) who auditioned at the behest of Jordan Rudess.


But in this interview Marco reveals, unbelievably, that before he was asked to audition for the band, he had never listened to them, and didn’t know any of their names.


I can’t believe the dude had never so much as heard “Pull Me Under” on the radio before, especially considering he’s damn near a god of progressive rock/metal himself. Not a band that flies under most people’s radar, even if you hate them, you know who they are.

Despite his ignorance, he pulled off a massive performance and was a favorite of the band. What a wacky dude.

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