Metal legend Mike Portnoy rocks out on Hello Kitty drum kit

His covers of Rush were particularly good.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Oct 8, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 8:25 pm CDT

Mike Portnoy is a legendary heavy metal drummer, co-creating Dream Theater (one of the most popular prog metal bands ever) and then combining with bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Richie Kotzen to form supergroup the Winery Dogs.

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As one of the most masterful percussionists working today, Portnoy recently answered the question on most everybody’s mind. Could he play covers of metal songs on a Hello Kitty drum kit?

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Well, duh:

Though repeatedly destroying the Hello Kitty drum kit—which can be procured from various online sellers for $60 to $80—Portnoy performed impressive covers of Led Zeppelin, Rush, Slayer, and Metallica with only a single bass drum, a tom drum, a snare drum, and one cymbal.

So imagine what he could do with an actual, adult-sized drum kit …

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Screengrab via Loudwire/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 8, 2015, 11:48 am CDT