Charity auction for drum kit smashed by Mike Portnoy restarted after "drunk idiot" retracts winning bid

Mike Portnoy recently wowed the internet by performing his favourite Rush songs on a child-size drum set, which he ultimately destroyed before agreeing to auction it for charity.

However, while the auction - set up by Loudwire in aid of the American Brain Tumor Association to honour Mike's hero, Neil Peart -  was getting off to a good start, it has had to be reset after the winning bid of $1575 was retracted.

Loudwire has posted the news calling the unnamed bidder a "drunk idiot" while sharing the message received from the eBayer, who confessed, "Sorry, but I was drunk at that time so, you have to continue the bid."

As a result the kit has now been re-listed on the auction site, with the new auction ending on March 5.  

Neil Peart passed away in January after secretly battling brain cancer for three-and-a-half years. In the original video for the charity auction, Mike Portnoy paid tribute to the Rush drummer, “Losing Neil has been truly devastating and heartbreaking and I don’t want to make light out of that." 

He continues, "To get serious for a moment, we are going to auction this off. I’m gonna sign it and the proceeds for this are going to go toward brain cancer research. I just wanted to say, Neil, rest in peace. You’ll always be my hero and I love you. Thank you for everything.”

Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.