Portnoy is well known for his speed and endurance, winning many awards, including the Modern Drummers Award, which he said himself was his dream come true, and that he is living his dream. In many ways, he is better than the well-known Neil Peart of Rush. While Neil Peart is an amazing drummer, he is more the influence in this case, because Mike Portnoy by far surpasses the skills that Neil Peart has ever brought forth. Portnoy is also (or has also been) the drummer in other bands quite similar to that of Dream Theater, such as Liquid Tension Experiment, TransAtlantic, O.S.I. (Office of Strategic Influence), and few more, including a Rush tribute performance. He has not only played along side his fellow Dream Theater members John Petrucci, John Myung, James LaBrie, and Jordan Rudess, (with past member's who've come and gone), but as well as many other musicians in his past, such as Maggie Estep, Kevin Shirley, Doug Oberkircher, and Jay Beckenstein.
Many people say that Neil Peart of Rush is a better drummer than he is. Fact is, he isn't. You see, Peart is more influetial on his off-beat drumming skillz, but Portnoy has more skillz period. So Portnoy would be the better drummer, Peart would be the better influence.
Jimi Hendrix's skillz, although very great, were not quite as good as Yngwie's. He was, however, a great influence to pretty much every other guitarist in the world.
Yngwie Malmsteen, may be one of the most talented guitarists ever to walk this earth. However, he took all his skillz from the greats before him, and expanded on their ideas.
The problem with Mike Portnoy is that he never escapes his comfort zone to expand his playing style, he does simplistic fills and drum solos and is a god in the eyes of his tasteless fans. Mike Portnoy also sounds the same in everything he does; listening to him play becomes tedious, watching him play is boring; he has no style, he hardly has any dynamics what so ever and he looks like a fuckwit.
Mike's drum kit is unpractical as it is literally two(2) drum kits which means that he will physically have to get up and walk over to the other half of his drum kit to play some songs. I mostly think that people are having trouble trying to understand the difference between having a big drum kit and having skill; thus, he is the best drummer because he has a huge drum kit! -Fan logic.
When expressing your opinion on Mike Portnoy you will suddenly become bombarded by his dumb fans who have the reasoning skills of children: they will ask you to upload a video of your playing skills (for some reason) and they will endlessly reprimand you for having an opinion.
Person 2:"What does that mean?"
Person 1:"Well, I'm not going to shave or make it look like I have had a shower for months and start doing simplistic distasteful things on my drum kit."
Person 1: "How do I become an amazing drummer even though I'm not really progressing or challenging myself?"
Person 2: "Just buy a 22 piece drum kit and you'll be the best drummer ever!"