Former Dream Theater drummer who currently works with Sons Of Apollo and Liquid Tension Experiment, Mike Portnoy, posted a new photo on his verified Instagram account and released the latest details about his upcoming show.

During the self-quarantine and coronavirus outbreak, most of the musicians of the music scene had to postpone or cancel their scheduled shows because of the measures of different countries’ governments. While Portnoy could not make any live show for almost a year, he announced that he will be playing at the Metal Allegiance festival that will be made on September 25th, 2021.

While Portnoy shared the billboard of the event that shows the headlines Alex Skolnick, Phil Demmel, Mark Menghi, John Bush and Mark Osegueda, and Mike Portnoy himself, Slayer and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt was one of the users who pushed the like button.

Here is what Portnoy wrote in the caption:

“On September 25th, 2021 Metal Allegiance will reassemble and hit the stage for the first time in nearly two years on their home turf of Long Island, NY – where Metal Allegiance began back in 2014 – at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, New York (their first show since before COVID-19). The night will feature music from their self-titled album, Fallen Heroes EP and Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty as well as a special set of covers picked just for this show.

In METAL ALLEGIANCE fashion, the band will see an all-star line-up including core members Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick as well as Phil Demmel, Mark Osegueda and John Bush.

John Bush comments, ‘Always a blast to get on the stage with my MA homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some MA originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out Metalheads!”

Portnoy continued saying:

“MA is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on MA’s home turf of Long Island.” Comments Mark Menghi “New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

After an unexpected year and a half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-Covid cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!

We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording.” States Alex Skolnick “After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) MA gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

You may check out the billboard below.

Photo Credit: Mike Portnoy – Instagram