Drummer MIKE PORTNOY (ex-DREAM THEATER) is currently on the road with his PSMS project (PORTNOY / SHEEHAN / MACALPINE / SHERINIAN) and has checked in with the following update:
"The two PSMS shows in China were great, but I was going through social media withdrawals because Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are not allowed there. No wonder China is so overpopulated - they're not wasting hours upon hours a day on social media like the rest of us...hahaha! We're now Taipei and look forward to playing here tonight and then onto Manilla, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta and then over to Japan.
Not having social media access while in China made it very difficult for me to keep track of all of the hurricane damage, so I'm only now catching up with all of everybody's reports and it's absolutely incredible what I'm seeing and reading. My heart goes out to all my family and friends on the East Coast, especially in my hometown Long Beach, NY which seems to have suffered tremendously. I hope everybody is OK and on the road to recovery."
The virtuoso band featuring Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian are playing an all-instrumental set consisting of material from each of their solo records and their previous collaborations as well as classic instrumental covers and extended solo spots. Mike Portnoy formed the lineup to perfom at two drum events at the NAMM show last January. Due to overwhelming response that band has decided to take their show on tour.
"I knew when assembling this lineup that it would be a magical musical experience that would be a blast for us as well as the fans! I can't wait to play again with these tremendous musicians and share the experience with you all at these special shows!" says Portnoy.
Tour dates are now as follows:
4 - Hwa Sha Auditorium - Taipei, Taiwan
6 - SM Sky Dome - Manila, Philippines
7 - BKK Convention Center- Bangkok, Thailand
10 - TAB Live Music Bar - Orchard, Singapore
11 - Senayan Lapangan D - Jakarta, Indonesia