Re: Dream Theater's new drummer is MIKE MANGINI
Congrats to Mike Mangini.
I don't think he's going to be a "Portnoy Clone" in DT.
One: Mangini's technique is miles ahead of Portnoy. When "Awake" came out, I was stunned by DT & MP. But it doesn't seem to me that MP has progressed at all since then, in feel or technique. It seems that he's been so busy being DT's Major Domo / semi-manager / videographer / whatever that he hasn't bothered becoming a better musician.
I would bet that Mike Mangini can play anything humanly possible. His playing is jaw-dropping. And the dude can slam the kit. He won't need to have microphones cranked to make up for his soft hitting techniques (MP's mikes were turned up so loud my friend heard MP sit down on his throne through them.)
Further, I would guess they would want to move ON musically, as well as personally.