Originally Posted by Stu_Strib
I've never really gotten Pornoy. Its probably more a 'taste' issue with me. Also, as a fusion purist, I don't really get into the rockprogification (my word) of fusion. In otherwords, bands that incorporate fusion elements and chops, but try to make it somehow more standard rock sounding, to appeal to a broader listening audience. For me, its all or nothing. Either you are a rock band or you are a fusion band. The inbetween stuff is just really neither of each.
His playing is intense and awesome there too, but its just not my gig.
See? Stu respects him, even though he doesn't like progressive rock (even though Dream Theater goes further into other styles). Portnoy deserves respect. Many people also neglec the fact the Portnoy is mainly self-taught (he did take a music theory class and attend Berkley College though)