Video footage of AVENGED SEVENFOLD/ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy hanging out with Steve Moore (a.k.a. "Drummer At The Wrong Gig") can be viewed below.
Millions of people around the globe have seen a clip of Moore tackling ZZ TOP's "Sharp-Dressed Man" with the perennially touring covers act RICK K. AND THE ALLNIGHTERS ("America's Most Exciting Show Band") in which he displays the sort of theatrical flair (mixed with serious chops) that have him "seemingly channeling the ghosts of Keith Moon and Buddy Rich," according to MusicRadar.com.
In a recent interview with Philadelphia Weekly, Moore stated that the "absolute highlight" of his newfound fame has been when he learned that Portnoy had become a fan. "I've looked up to Portnoy, I have everything he's ever recorded," said Moore. "He's like my Neil Peart, my Tommy Lee. Someone dropped me a quick e-mail a couple days ago when this first started and said, 'Dude, I don't know if you know this but Mike Portnoy just Twittered about you.'"
In his tweet, Portnoy said that he had a "new hero" in the ALLNIGHTERS drummer. Elated, Moore clicked on Portnoy's Facebook page and wrote, "My name is Steve Moore, you said some really nice things about me on your Twitter page and you had the opportunity in your position to rip me to shreds but yet you showed mercy and I wanted to thank you for that."
Literally 10 minutes later Portnoy sent him an e-mail expressing his admiration. Moore coldn't believe what he was seeing: "I don't care about money and all that, but to get that sort of respect, you know what I mean, on that level? That guy doesn't look at me and go, 'Oh, that guy's a joke.' That's huge to me, man!"
Mike Portnoy hanging out with Steve Moore:
Infamous "Drummer At The Wrong Gig" video (with nearly seven million YouTube views):