Ex-Dream Theater drummer and current member of Sons Of Apollo, Mike Portnoy, spoke in a recent interview with The French Connection and shared his first experience about watching KISS live.

Mike Portnoy mentioned that seeing KISS on the stage had a huge impact on his life and said that it was back in 1977 at Madison Square Garden. During the concert, Mike is impressed by the rock and roll life in backstage and the show itself.

After experiencing such a great day, Mike decided that playing on the stage is what he wants to do for living in the future, and being a rockstar has become his dream since then.

Additionally, Portnoy pointed out that the first time he got his drum set was also around the same period he saw KISS live. He showed how KISS became an inspiration source for him and paid his tribute to the members of the legendary rock band.

Here is what Mike Portnoy stated about the influence of KISS on his music career:

“The one I’ll point to was when I saw KISS live for the first time; I saw them at the Madison Square Garden, December 14th ’77.

And being in that room and smelling the pot smoke everywhere and seeing the giant KISS logo on stage…

That was one of those other epiphany moments where I was like, ‘Wow, I want to do this for a living. I want to play live on stage and be a rockstar and live this life.'”

The interviewer also asked:

“How old were you when you got your first drum set?”

To which Mike Portnoy replied:

“It was around the same period. It was around ’78. It’s weird, it kind of all culminated around the same time. KISS in December ’77, ’78 ‘The Kids Are Alright’ came out…”

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