Last week it was announced that DREAM THEATER’S John Myung had won the Music Radar poll for ‘Greatest Bassist of All Time’ and this week, he has spoken to the site about winning such an accolade and also about the recent departure of drummer and ‘face’ of the band, Mike Portnoy.
When asked about how it felt to win the title, John stated, “It’s definitely an honor. I view it as a social endorsement that reflects on a lot of different things, from the band I’m in to the records we’ve put out to the basses I play. But it’s quite an honor, absolutely, one which tells me I’m on the right path. My gratitude goes out to everyone who voted.” He continued, “But I, in no way, feel that it’s true in the sense of the title of the award, because there’s so many great players all over the world who contribute amazing music. So, even though I’m deeply flattered and appreciative, let’s say that it’s taken with a bit of objectivity.” His way of saying ‘I’m not worthy? “Exactly. [laughs] You have to keep these things in perspective.”
On Mike’s recent departure, John comments, “I can’t say I saw it coming. And of course, nobody likes conflict. Dream Theater works best as a creative unit, and it’s not going to be easy to find a replacement and have somebody we can really bond with. I’d say the general band vibe is positive. We’re looking for the right guy, and I’m sure we’ll find that person.”
You can find the full article, which expands on John’s response to winning the award, the basses he uses plus his techniques and practice regimes at this location. See some of John’s 6 string bass wizardry can be seen in the player below.