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    Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Goddess of Metal » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:45 pm

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    Wednesday September 8th 2010

    I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write:

    After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater....the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.

    To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision...it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so....

    After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater...

    Please don't misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them...it's just that I think we are in serious need of a little break...

    Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985...24/7, 365...never taking time off from DT's never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was "off" between cycles)...working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band...

    But I've come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.

    We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a "hiatus" to recharge our batteries and "save me from ourselves"...

    Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather...I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be...

    While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way...so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes....

    Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about "always following your heart and being true to yourself"...sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater...and I would simply be "going through the motions", and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.

    I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come...I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played....

    I'm sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world...I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work...I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)...but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within....

    You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me....(and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)

    Sadly...
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by junkhead13 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:26 am

    WOW!

    Guess I should have went to see them the last time they played here.
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by ShoreSlayer » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:33 am

    Pretty thoughtful and respectfully written farewell. Can't have been an easy process for him.

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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by chilakill56 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:42 pm

    man didnt see this one coming at all, wish all of em the best, gonna be hard to see DT without Mike, high doubts they will be able to keep going actually :| hopefully they can and he makes some amazing new projects! :heavydrink:
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Ktulured55 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:17 pm

    This does suck very much. However, his playing can definitely be replaced in the band.... the hard part is for someone to actually memorize all of their songs because of course they are long but they always mix their sets up and you would really have to know their entire catalog to fill in for MP.


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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Max_Rockwell » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:24 am

    I don't think he will be easily replaced. Sure another skilled drummer could come along and learn all of Mikes parts. Memorization isn't that hard if you have the technical abilities. The hard part is coming up with that brand new stuff for upcoming DT albums. Mike had the soul and passion in his writing. It meshed perfectly with the DT sound, and you just don't know if anyone else could come along and have that same soul and passion for it.

    We're definitely going to be hearing a different version of DT in the future.

    Did he really join Avenged Sevenfold? That's a bit of a slap in the face to the DT fans, if he did.
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by chilakill56 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:24 pm

    Max_Rockwell wrote:I don't think he will be easily replaced. Sure another skilled drummer could come along and learn all of Mikes parts. Memorization isn't that hard if you have the technical abilities. The hard part is coming up with that brand new stuff for upcoming DT albums. Mike had the soul and passion in his writing. It meshed perfectly with the DT sound, and you just don't know if anyone else could come along and have that same soul and passion for it.

    We're definitely going to be hearing a different version of DT in the future.

    Did he really join Avenged Sevenfold? That's a bit of a slap in the face to the DT fans, if he did.


    heh agreed, im thinking DT will make a radical change, sure they have very talented musicians but it just cant be the same anymore :|
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by ShoreSlayer » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:07 pm

    Quick update for those who care:
    Mike Portnoy And Avenged Sevenfold Part Ways

    Former Dream Theater drummer is now also the former drummer for Avenged Sevenfold. The drummer issued a statement answering rampant Internet rumors which pointed to him vacating the throne he occupied after the death of original drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan. Portnoy says he had a great relationship with the band on the road supporting their "Nightmare" album. He also says he thanks the fans for being so supportive in his role.

    According to the Portnoy camp, the decision to part ways was completely the band's decision and was the original plan to end the relationship at the end of 2010. Portnoy says he's excited by the "endless musical possibilities which lie ahead."

    He previously said he would stay behind the kit for 2011 due to the way the Dream Theater story unfolded.
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Element0s » Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:18 am

    lol

    I think Mike Portnoy's goal in life is to troll the music world
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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Disaster Area » Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:50 am

    Element0s wrote:lol

    I think Mike Portnoy's goal in life is to troll the music world


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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Captain Metal » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:11 pm

    Well, based on the latest story, his next stop definitely won't be Dream Theater. Seeing as he went crawling back to them, and their lawyer said no thanks. Pretty sad when you think about the fact that they wouldn't even discuss the subject with him directly. Seems they've wiped their hands of him and moved on.

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    Re: Mike Portnoy Leaving Dream Theater

    by Stained Class » Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:48 am

    The story here:
    http://gunshyassassin.com/news/rejected ... m-theater/
    http://gunshyassassin.com/news/mike-portnoy-“devastated”-dream-theater-carrying-on/

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