Dream Theater have issued a press release to follow up last week’s epic drummer audition videothon, which ended with Mike Mangini being named their new skinsman. Personally, I’m freaking thrilled at the decision (although I thought Marco Minnemann and Peter Wildoer were also fantastic in their auditions). Mangini did some amazing work with Extreme, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Gary Cherone’s Tribe of Judah and James Labrie’s first few solo albums.
Here’s what the band has to say:
New York, NY: A little more than a month after drummer Mike Portnoy’s sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an incredibly productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly and at length with seven of the world’s greatest drummers. The remaining members of the band got to know the candidates musically, personally and professionally and thus assessed the fit of each drummer’s incredible chops with the band’s trademark prog-rock sound.
After intense consideration, the band has unanimously chosen drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai, Annihilator) to fill the seat behind the kit which was left vacant by Portnoy’s departure late last summer.