Dream Theater’s former drummer, Mike Portnoy, recently posted a photo on his Instagram account and said that the set of cymbals that he sent as a gift to the young drummer who went viral by playing metal classics on his homemade drum kit have arrived and that he’ll also receive his drumming kit soon.

Mike Portnoy is one of the most well-known and influential drummers of all time. He started climbing the ladder of fame as the drummer of Dream Theatre, but his fame increased even more with his work in numerous tribute bands, side projects such as Translatlantic, and after forming the successful supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment in 1997.

Aside from an influential drummer, Mike Portnoy is also a musician who gets inspired when he sees the new generation’s interest in rock and metal music. For example, Deden Noy has been a source of inspiration for Portnoy for the past months. In 2020, the Indonesian drummer Noy started uploading videos of himself playing some classic rock and metal songs, including Dream Theatre’s, on his homemade drum kit.

Following that, numerous people reached out to Deden Noy and praised his talents and one of them was Mike Portnoy. In mid-March, he had informed his fans that after watching the talented young drummer’s videos, he decided to send Noy a new drum kit and a set of cymbals with the help of Tama and Sabian.

With his recent post, Portnoy said that Deden Noy just received his new Sabian Cymbals and expressed his happiness for being able to contribute to this young drummer’s career and happiness. He said that he feels glad that he got to ‘share the gift of drumming with such a talented and devoted young drummer’ and stated that Deden Noy’s passion and devotion have been very inspiring for him.

Here’s what Mike Portnoy said in the caption of his post:

“By now most of you have probably seen the incredible viral videos of Indonesian drummer Deden Noy doing drum covers on his homemade kit. (Here he is playing The Dance Of Eternity)

Through the gracious support of Tama Drums & Sabian Cymbals, I have arranged to supply him with a new kit & set of cymbals…

Well, I’ve just been informed that his set of cymbals have arrived and they sent me these photos and video.

I am so happy to have been able to do this for him and share the gift of drumming with such a talented and devoted young drummer! His passion is inspiring.
I will report back again when the drums arrive.”

You can check out Mike Portnoy’s Instagram post below.

Photo Credit: Mike Portnoy – Instagram