that's pretty much Mike Portnoy for you. Can the man play, yes, is he talented...Yes, does he overplay...Yes...Do I care about his opinion....Nope and haven't for a long time!Me thinks it should not have been brought up. It is really difficult to bring something like that up without sounding critical and judgmental.
The fill is a motif.
Got a giggle from a couple of comments from guys who have absolutely no idea what being hired by a band entails:There was a somewhat long discussion about this over at Portnoy's forum.
Yes, it's not as if modern popular music is totally void of repetitionJim Riley told me that his experience in the Nashville studios has taught him that if a fill sounds good, there is no reason NOT to repeat it. The point being that nobody is going to pay attention whether you re-use the fill if the song sounds good.
Of course, then there's Mike Portnoy. Heh, I don't know what to say about that.