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Mike Mangini Rumored To Be New Dream Theater Drummer

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Mike Mangini
So, Eddie Trunk — the co-host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and long the host of the “Friday Night Rocks” radio program on New York’s Q104.3 FM — is infamous for blowing up people’s spots.

Some years ago, he was the guy who first played something off of Guns N’ Roses’ unreleased Chinese Democracy LP and he has also revealed various metal musician’s deaths to the world, oftentimes before their grieving relatives were ready to make the official announcement.

Now, Eddie’s gone and potentially revealed what Dream Theater’s been trying to keep a secret for a good, long while now — successfully: Who their new drummer is. And he is claiming it’s Mike Mangini, a 47-year-old hired gun who has worked with the likes of Extreme, Steve Vai, Annihilator, and Dream Theater’s James LaBrie; he also teaches at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, a position he’s rumored to have left recently.

While nothing has been made official yet, Mangini replacing Mike Portnoy makes sense. He’s known for his technical prowess and apparently holds three of the four “World’s Fastest Drummer” titles.

He’s also penned two books about his drumming techniques. If this is actually true, I’m assuming Dream Theater will be making some sort of announcement in the next few weeks, if not this week.