Portnoy teams up with former Thin Lizzy guitarist



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Mike Portnoy has joined forces with former Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy guitarist/frontman John Sykes.

The pair have teamed up with an as-yet-unnamed bass player to form a new power trio. In fact on his website Portnoy goes as far as to describe them as a "completely ridiculous modern-day power trio".

He goes on to say that the trio are a real band, not just a side project, adding: "I will divide my time as best as I can between the two (hey, if Corey Taylor and Jim Root, Mike Patton, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith, Zakk Wylde all can do it, so can I!) and I am equally excited by both... as they are both amazing new bands, but VERY different worlds musically... so there's really no clash creatively. Timing-wise, Adrenaline Mob is happening NOW, and my band with Sykes won't be released later next year, so they'll be able to co-exist just fine!"

Portnoy's other new project, Adrenaline Mob, recently made their live debut. Head here to see how they sounded.

Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).