Portnoy: I feel Maiden's pain
Mike Portnoy admits Dream Theater are finding their tour support slot with Iron Maiden a struggle. But he says his band's problems are easier than the headline act, who are facing the wrath of fans on a nightly basis.
The drummer tells Goldmine: "It's a weird adjustment for us to be the opening band. We've only done it a couple of times in our career. It's awesome to be on stage with with the mighty Iron Maiden – they are a big part of our history and a big influence.
"On the other hand, we're adjusting to the smaller stage space, shorter set length and the things that happen when you're the opening band. It's strange – but it's worth it in the end."
Portnoy has put together a Dream Theater set which he hopes will act as a "crash course in the band's metal side" for Maiden fans who aren't familiar with their music. It's the first time the prog giants have stuck to the same set every night on a tour, which makes him glad the band have never had any hit singles.
He says: "I would hate having to go out and play the same songs because that's what people want to hear.
"I'm seeing that with Maiden right now. They've chosen to do a set list on this tour that's basically songs from the last ten years. And there's a big backlash from some of their fans.
"I can understand that fans want to hear the hits, but I can understand that Maiden don't want to be stuck playing the same songs for the rest of their lives. They put out new music so they want to play the new music."
Maiden will headline Sonisphere at Kebworth on July 31 - August 2.