Mike Mangini recently did and interview with Modern Dummer's Mike Haid. See the beginning below and read the full interview at Modern Drummer's Website.
The announcement that Modern Drummer Hall of Famer Mike Portnoy had left his longstanding position as the reigning king of prog-metal drumming with Dream Theater sent shockwaves through the drumming community. Who could replace such an iconic figure in such a legendary band? Could this be the end of Dream Theater, the group that single-handedly created the prog-metal phenomenon thats still thriving today?
The remaining members of Dream Theater chose to up the ante, and auditions were arranged for a whos who of elite international drumming superstars. The list included Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Marco Minnemann, Derek Roddy, Aquiles Priester, Peter Wildoer, and Mike Mangini. As the world watched the intense auditions via the Internet, the seven world-class players competed in an attempt to win the coveted drum throne. When the smoke cleared, Mangini emerged as the bands pick. The drummers amazing journey is one of personal struggle, commitment, heartbreak, dedication, frustration, and, finally, victory. Here, we speak to Mike about that journey, as just the first part of our coverage of his Dream Theater experience. There will be much more to come in the pages of Modern Drummer.