Dream Theater have chosen Mike Mangini to be their new drummer. The 48-year-old session musician has played with Annihilator, Extreme, and Steve Vai. He was also a member of Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie’s side project MullMuzzler.
In the band’s final webisode of their search for a new drummer, Magini remarked, “The day that I got the phone call to be in Dream Theater, it took my brain a minute to assemble what was going on, and when it sank in, the feeling was just of tremendous relief. It means so much to me, I almost felt like crying a couple of times. I didn’t know what to do.”
Magini was one of seven drummers handpicked to audition for Dream Theater. Over a three-day period, the band judged each drummer based on their musicality, technique, and personality.