quit the leading progressive rock band in 2010, 25 years after co-founding the group. Soon after, he publicly asked to re-join the line up, but it was too late - they had already signed up drummer Mike Mangini
as his replacement.
While Portnoy has regularly highlighted his wishes to re-join Dream Theater, the door has firmly been closed with singer James LaBrie recently calling him "a drummer from the past."
However, while a reunion isn't on the cards, it seems they're starting to make amends for the fall out.
"I actually got a really nice text today from Jordan
, Dream Theater keyboardist], and got a nice text a few weeks ago from John Petrucci
[guitarist], so it seems like the air is clearing and the dust is settling,"
Portnoy told Eddie Trunk
last week (via Blabbermouth
). "I would love nothing more than for us to all be one happy family and friends again."
He continued: "I'm doing this 'Progressive Nation' cruise next year and Jordan e-mailed me to congratulate me on that, and they also heard about
[the success of] the Winery Dogs album, and they were congratulating me on that. So it's nice to be in good spirits with at least a couple of the guys."
Portnoy added that he's yet to hear the first Dream Theater album without him.
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