Drummer Mike Portnoy: “Reading the excellent new Fates Warning biography ‘Destination Onward’ by Jeff Wagner” – 2022

Mike Portnoy:

Been thoroughly enjoying reading the excellent new Fates Warning biography “Destination Onward” by Jeff Wagner. It brings back so many memories having been both a fan and a friend for almost 40 years now. I even contributed interviews & photos from my personal collection.

Our lives (both professional & personal) have been intertwined so much for the past 4 decades. Thank you, Jim, John, Bones, Frank, Steve, Victor, Ray, Mark, Joey, Bobby & Mike for all of the years of friendship, music & memories!

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Fates Warning’s compelling 13-album discography, from debut Night on Brocken to final album Long Day Good Night, is the very essence of progressive heavy metal music. Founded in 1983 in Connecticut by five ambitious youngsters, the band matured, evolved and shifted through one of the most fascinating evolutions in the genre. Their music remains an inspiration to legions of fans worldwide, and now their story is detailed throughout Destination Onward.

Researched with the cooperation of every band member past and present, author and longtime Fates devotee Jeff Wagner guides the reader through artistic triumphs, lineup fluctuations, commercial breakthroughs and music industry tribulations. This is a celebration, a love letter, and an honest appraisal of the many ups and downs throughout Fates Warning’s formidable 40-year history.

400 pages!

232 images! (56 color, 176 b&w)

53 footnotes!

2 French Flaps!