LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Drummer Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs performs at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar & Grill on October 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Mike Portnoy, fed up with people not taking COVID-19 seriously

Portnoy echoed his frustration over social media

By Trent Sell

Mike Portnoy is fed up with people who are not taking the resurge of the COVID-19 seriously. If the irresponsibility continues, he continues to doubt the return of concerts in the near future.

Mike Portnoy

Mike is one busy drummer, currently playing in The Neal Morse Band and supergroups Flying Colors, Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance and Sons of Apollo. Between all of these projects, you could say he is ready for when live shows get back up and running.

The likelihood of concerts getting to that point, well that’s a whole different challenge. The live events industry hinges on the success of the entire country and it’s fight against the virus. Over the past week, the US has set new records for daily positive COVID-19 cases. The same trend continues in our own backyard of Utah.

With cases surging again, Mike has been expressing his concern over his social media. Via Instagram, he re-posted a headline about the US COVID-19 daily record for June 25. Part of his caption stated, “…looks like if America continues to be this irresponsible, we won’t be playing (nor will anybody be going to) any concerts for a LONG time… 🤨😡”

He also retweeted a video that has gone somewhat viral, of a woman throwing a “tantrum” in a grocery store for being asked to put on her mask. While the lady’s reaction is almost comical, because of how childish she is acting, it’s a stark reminder that some people are not taking the situation seriously. He captioned the tweet as follows.

“What the h* is wrong with some people?? All because she’s supposed to wear a mask in a store to protect other people…how much more childish, irresponsible and selfish can people be?? Are they throwing fits because they have to wear a seatbelt in the car too??? #growup”

“It’s a matter of public safety & being considerate so as to not harm or kill yourself or others! Stop being so selfish,” Portnoy echoed to his fans on twitter.

While there is no doubt wearing a mask can be an inconvenience, it’s a small price to pay for the safety of yourself and others.

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