The all-star band HAIL! are proud to announce that legendary drummer, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), will be playing dates with them in 2010!

HAIL! has been making a lot of noise around the world with their crushing live shows and their insistence on bringing metal to not so easy to reach places. Having just returned last month from playing the very first metal concert ever in Beirut, Lebanon, the ever unpredictable HAIL! have once again outdone themselves.

Bassist David Ellefson enthusiastically announced “Mike Portnoy is a demi-god! He is hands-down one of the very best drummers in the entire world and to be able to play together is really an honor. We have had our fingers crossed for this to happen because, truth be told, we had originally talked with him about the possibility of playing with us early last year. At that time Dream Theater was working on Black Clouds &  Silver Linings so it just couldn’t happen at the time but his enthusiasm and understanding about what we as HAIL! were doing was immediate. There was no need for any explanation, he got it – because he is it. The special beauty about HAIL! is the simple purity of passion and this is another clear illustration. Mike’s been a great friend for a long time and I am thrilled to announce his participation.”

“An interviewer recently asked me how long we planned on doing this and I joked ‘until we run out of drummers!’" laughs Ellefson. "Seriously though, look at the guys we’ve had - Jimmy DeGrasso, Roy Mayorga, Paul Bostaph and now Mike Portnoy! It is our aspiration to try and reward every fan that comes to see us with a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’re doing our best to have the best players play the best songs from the best bands to the best fans! …and it’s working!”

With US dates expected to be announced soon, please check the band’s website, www.myspace.com/hail, for the latest news.

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