Mike Portnoy plays a Hello Kitty drum kit in concert

Posted by on October 29, 2015


If there’s two things that are guaranteed to be popular with certain subsets of the internet, it’s drummer Mike Portnoy and Hello Kitty. The former Dream Theater drummer is definitely net-friendly, having embraced the internet long before many other musicians have, and DT fans are a whole different level of fanatical (in a good way). Hello Kitty, on the other hand is a whole brand unto itself that was worth $7 billion/year in 2014. So the clickbait geniuses at Loudwire took a break from pitting bands against each other in dopey cage matches to make a clip featuring Portnoy playing “Name That Tune” on a Hello Kitty drum kit.

The clip went viral, as it should have, and struck a chord (or a snare, if you will) enough for Mike to bring out a Kitty kit at a recent Winery Dogs show and beat on it a bit during his solo.  It’s hard to tell who the winner is in this, Portnoy or Hello Kitty. Either way, we’re guessing a father or two came home from this and busted out some jams on their daughter’s toy drum kits.

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