Mike Portnoy Recounts Bizarre 9/11 Coincidence

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Joe LaRusso


As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, prog-rock legend Mike Portnoy shared with Noisecreep his recollections of the day.

In sharing his story, the former Dream Theater and current Adrenaline Mob drummer revealed a fact that has to stand as one of the strangest coincidences in music history.

But before we get to that, Portnoy’s story begins.

“I remember waking up Tuesday, September 11th 2001 to my wife telling me to put on the TV because I wasn’t going to be going into NYC as planned.

“Dream Theater was working in NYC at the time mixing our album ‘Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence’ and I would’ve been driving in that afternoon for our session. But as the events of the morning unfolded, I found myself glued to the TV in disbelief as to what I was witnessing. It was all too surreal. I felt like I was watching a Will Smith Hollywood film. It couldn’t possibly be really happening.”

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