PORTNOY on Collaboration with AKERFELDT: “We’re Just Waiting for the Right Moment”

PORTNOY on Collaboration with AKERFELDT: "We're Just Waiting for the Right Moment"

Mike Portnoy once again shared an invitation to Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt to work on a project together, telling Prog Magazine:

I love Mikael dearly. He and I are kindred spirits.

First of all, I love the music he makes. You won’t get a bigger Opeth fan than me. I love everything they’ve done, from the most brutal music to the most prog epics. You put it together and you get ‘bru-tiful music.’ As a fan, it moves me so much.

But as a friend and as a person, we’re both music enthusiasts and historians and record collectors. We get together and we can just talk music and rock ‘n’ roll trivia and history together – I love and respect and admire him so much.

He is the one person that I have yet to work with.

We’ve toured together, and I’ve taken Opeth out when I was in Dream Theater, and he and I constantly flirt with the idea of doing something together.

We’ve been talking about it for 10 or 15 years now. We’re just waiting for the right moment, for the right vehicle.

It’s the one collaboration that’s still eluded me and I’m still patiently waiting for. I would do it tomorrow – Mike knows that.

I think he’s a bit more hesitant. I’m obviously very good juggling 87 bands. I think he’s a little more, ‘Can I do this? Is the time right? What will it be?’

I keep trying to nudge him: ‘Mike, dude, whatever it is it’ll be great – let’s just fucking get in a room and play together!’

Back in May, Mikael was asked on The Metal Teddy Bear Experience about Mike‘s strong desire to collaborate, to which he replied:

It’s mostly him. I’d say he’s a bit of a workaholic.

He’s a friend of mine now. He’s a cool guy, a great drummer, I’d love to do something with him.

Initially, when he brought it up, he wanted to do something really heavy, and I’ve been doing that for a really long time. I was like, ‘It’s not really interesting for me. I want to do something else.’

So it all depends. We talked about collaborating on the record for the project I had with Steven Wilson called Storm Corrosion, but we ended up with no drums. We didn’t need a lot of drums for those songs.

You never know. It’s one of those things that every time we meet or every time we’re on e-mail, we talk about it a little. It hasn’t materialized, we don’t have any ideas on what that should be.

Generally, I’m that type of musician that tries to put everything I want to into Opeth, so I don’t really need side projects, if you know what I mean.

Him, he’s with – of course he was with Dream Theater before – he has Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs, he was with, what they called it… Adrenaline Mob – lots of different bands, lots of different styles.

But we try to bring everything into Opeth, which leaves me quite content in that sense. I don’t have too much that I can’t explore within the band.

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