DEREK RODDY: NOT DREAM THEATER’S NEW DRUMMER
(click to view video. no embeds allowed.)
And the search for a Mike Portnoy seat-warmer until he inevitably returns to Dream Theater continues with DT TV Episode 2! I’ll admit it… I’m definitely enjoying this documentary, cheesy as it may be. It’s really cool to be able to see how different drummers react to the tests Dream Theater throws at them and to see every auditioning drummer’s strengths and weaknesses. And to hear John Myung’s voice.
DT TV Episode 2 starts off with Derek Roddy, and it’s clear from the get-go that things aren’t going to pan out well for him. The film-makers somewhat unfairly decided not to mix his drum kit properly in the final film mix, intentionally making him sound shitty compared to the tight, clear tones of every other auditioning drummer. They may as well have inserted sad trombone sound effects. But the musical chemistry didn’t appear to be there anyway; Roddy couldn’t immediately grasp the brand new riff the band threw at him with a wonky, multiple meter switcheroo, no easy task, but if you’re gonna be DT’s drummer you gotta be able to hang.
Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati fared a little better, passing both the DT songs and new jams litmus tests, but I didn’t get the impression the band was wowed with either one. Marco Minnemann, on the other hand, killed it! He’s said publicly that he’s not DT’s new drummer so there’s nothing to be too excited about, but perhaps we were going on bad info. Still, my money’s on Mike Mangini winning out.
AND HOLY SHIT! JOHN MYUNG SPEAKS AGAIN! (skip to 21:40)
Epic voiceover… the final episode coming soon… Explosions… BOOM! Love affairs! Drama!
Watch here. (no embeds)