25. Mike Portnoy
Influenced by all the greats, Portnoy has placed himself up there with the true legends of rock drumming. And, much of that came as co-founder and key contributor of the progressive hard rock/metal band Dream Theater. That gig not only earned him plenty of accolades, but delivered his own blueprint to further progress that style of drumming. Portnoy, who studied at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, is a true student of the instrument. He has consistently delivered his innovation to the always-complex world of prog-rock drumming.
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