Friday, March 4, 2016

Mike Portnoy: "The best lesson i learned from Metallica's Lars Ulrich"

Mike Portnoy was recently interviewed by Classic Rock magazine, you can read some excerpts below.

He said that the best lesson he learned from another musician was something he observed from Metallica's Lars Ulrich: "Lars and I were doing an autograph session together for Tama drums, as we both had signature snare drums coming out at the same time, and he's in one of the biggest bands of all time, so I figured he'd be the type that wouldn't even look up and push the line along as quickly as possible, but he was actually the total opposite. He was so completely gracious with each and every person, and he'd look every single one of them in the eye and spend a few minutes asking them questions. That was a tremendous lesson for me. I've done signings with guys that are in one-hundredth of the band that Metallica is, and they’ve had attitudes and wouldn't give fans the time of day. But watching one of the most famous drummers in the world have that kind of attitude, even after all these years, was really inspiring to me."

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