Since his departure from Dream Theater in 2010, founding member Mike Portnoy has been very vocal about his difficult relationship with his former band mates. And, as Blabbermouth is reporting, the drummer has found the band's recent Grammy nomination a bit of a bitter pill to swallow on a personal level:
"It was a tough thing for me to see because I worked so hard for all those years to always fight to get the band mainstream acceptance and acknowledgment. We always did so well on our own for all those years - we kind of climbed the ladder on our own terms. We'd sell out Radio City Music Hall [in New York City] on our own terms. So we were doing things on our own terms and always hoping for, kind of, mainstream, commercial acceptance or acknowledgment. So to see it finally come a year after I left, it was heartbreaking for me on a personal level. On a professional level, I'm happy that it finally happened for the band. It was a long time coming; it should have happened many, many years ago. So, on one hand, it was, like, exciting that the band finally got recognized, but it was just kind of strange that it finally happened... the timing of it all - after all the hard work and blood, sweat and tears that I put in."
The first track from Portnoy's latest musical project Adrenaline Mob, titled "Hit The Wall", debuted on the Q104.3 radio station back in August of last year. The band is scheduled to release their first full length studio album, "Omert". On this coming Tuesday. Mike Portnoy's other musical project with Billy Sheehan, is currently in limbo after the departure of guitarist John Skyes. It has been announced, that Richie Kotzen is intended to take up guitar duties.