#1
IT has just been officially announced that Mike has left dream theater for good. After 20 years of epic musical greatness he quit.

This is official news. Mike is not taking a break, he has left DT for good. He wanted to take a year break, but the rest of the band did not approve his choice, so he left for good. This is by far the worst news i have heard this week. I'm shattered. What do you think.
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#3
I think he realized that

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#10
This is the end of Dream Theater.
Who could possibly replace him? He's among the elite group of drummers that are the best in the world.
If only Neil Peart would tour with DT... Hahah.

but seriously, somone will offer him big $$ to do a reunion and they'll be back together within 5 years, watch
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#11
wtf is Mike Portnoey?


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#12
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#14
Holy Fruking Crapz!

Noooooo!!!!!!

Wtf!!!!!!!!!!

Son Of A Beeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!
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#15
Wow, I am honestly not that surprised, but at the same time shocked from the initial word of it. I said a while back on the DT thread that this whole Ax7 thing is going to be the end of Mike in the band and I was right.

Well, the band won't be the same without him, but hopefully they either continue to make the amazing music they do now, or call it quits before it starts sucking (ala every big time band now a days). Wonder if Thomas Pridgeon is available (I can't spell that), and perhaps he is willing to clean himself up for DT sake. I wonder how the song writing will go, being that Mike was such a huge piece of the puzzle.

Gosh, I just dunno. This kinda just wrecked my week.
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#16
Hmm. Now if only Gavin Harrison would join DT, maybe they could get back to being more than a shadow of their former self!
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#17
Could not agree more. I feel that BC+SL could have been sooo much better without Portnoy's input. Sure, he's a great drummer, but not irreplaceable by any means. I feel that TCOT was a refreshing return to form for Rudess and Petrucci. Now, if they could only make Myung more audible in the mix...
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#18
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Could not agree more. I feel that BC+SL could have been sooo much better without Portnoy's input. Sure, he's a great drummer, but not irreplaceable by any means. I feel that TCOT was a refreshing return to form for Rudess and Petrucci. Now, if they could only make Myung more audible in the mix...


The problem is not that Myung is inaudible in the mix, it is that this music doesn't have a lot of bass in it anymore. I can hear him perfectly, but most ofthe time he just does what the guitar does or the root notes.

I think Gavin would be the best man for the job, but he is too busy probably.
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#19
Definitely a shocker, but I'm not surprised as much as I am somewhat glad. I love Mike to death, I really do, but his influence over the band in the past decade or so hasn't been beneficial to their sound, in my opinion anyway. Compare the Dream Theater of the 1990's, to the 2000's Dream Theater, and it's very obvious there are two distinctly different eras in terms of sound and writing quality. While DT did write some great pieces in the past decade (TCoT, Octavarium, SDoIT, Sacrificed Sons, The Ministry of Lost Souls), the 'true' Dream Theater is stuck in the 90's. I don't think I need to list the 'great' songs they wrote back then. It's almost as if Mike's becoming sober tainted the bands' ability to write decent material, as harsh as that sounds. (Although, it's most likely purely coincidental.)

I feel that with Mike gone, the other band members, most notably Jordan and Myung, may get more of a voice in terms of songwriting and composition. Don't get me wrong, I still love their recent material, but it's been a long time since I've been genuinely 'wowed' by what I've heard. If anything, TCoT was the closest I've been to finding hope in that Dream Theater may eventually return to their roots.

I'm holding out hope for Myung to perhaps start writing lyrics again, because, let's face it, Mike's and tr00ch's were bland and uninspired. While their lyrics do disclose deep, personal issues, it's the fact that the lyrics don't do their job in delivering that passion/experience. It's bland, grade 5-English tier. Myung's lyrics really do provoke the mind and get you thinking. They even add more atmosphere to the music itself, more on a subconscious level than a conscious one. Also, I do hope Jordan voices his opinions more. His composition of the overture for SDoIT was nothing short of amazing, and I'd love to see more of that type of material in Dream Theater.

I won't rant on too much longer, I just wish to state my views on Portnoy's departure, and to just say to everyone who thinks this is the end of Dream Theater, that it really won't be all bad. I could be dead wrong in my predictions, but they do seem logical, at least in my mind. Mike leaving doesn't need to be a bad thing, and can be seen as a positive depending on what 'era' of Dream Theater you prefer. Personally, I'm sick of all this 'generic Metal that sounds like other bands'. Bring on more Under A Glass Moon so I can feel that magic, that special tingle in my spine that I used to get when I heard such awe-inspiring music from a band that need not ever quit.

/rant

EDIT: I'm very sure Mike will be back in a few years' time, anyway. The way he's talked about it in recent interviews seems to support that notion, but who knows in the end?
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#20
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Definitely a shocker, but I'm not surprised as much as I am somewhat glad. I love Mike to death, I really do, but his influence over the band in the past decade or so hasn't been beneficial to their sound, in my opinion anyway. Compare the Dream Theater of the 1990's, to the 2000's Dream Theater, and it's very obvious there are two distinctly different eras in terms of sound and writing quality. While DT did write some great pieces in the past decade (TCoT, Octavarium, SDoIT, Sacrificed Sons, The Ministry of Lost Souls), the 'true' Dream Theater is stuck in the 90's. I don't think I need to list the 'great' songs they wrote back then. It's almost as if Mike's becoming sober tainted the bands' ability to write decent material, as harsh as that sounds. (Although, it's most likely purely coincidental.)

I feel that with Mike gone, the other band members, most notably Jordan and Myung, may get more of a voice in terms of songwriting and composition. Don't get me wrong, I still love their recent material, but it's been a long time since I've been genuinely 'wowed' by what I've heard. If anything, TCoT was the closest I've been to finding hope in that Dream Theater may eventually return to their roots.

I'm holding out hope for Myung to perhaps start writing lyrics again, because, let's face it, Mike's and tr00ch's were bland and uninspired. While their lyrics do disclose deep, personal issues, it's the fact that the lyrics don't do their job in delivering that passion/experience. It's bland, grade 5-English tier. Myung's lyrics really do provoke the mind and get you thinking. They even add more atmosphere to the music itself, more on a subconscious level than a conscious one. Also, I do hope Jordan voices his opinions more. His composition of the overture for SDoIT was nothing short of amazing, and I'd love to see more of that type of material in Dream Theater.

I won't rant on too much longer, I just wish to state my views on Portnoy's departure, and to just say to everyone who thinks this is the end of Dream Theater, that it really won't be all bad. I could be dead wrong in my predictions, but they do seem logical, at least in my mind. Mike leaving doesn't need to be a bad thing, and can be seen as a positive depending on what 'era' of Dream Theater you prefer. Personally, I'm sick of all this 'generic Metal that sounds like other bands'. Bring on more Under A Glass Moon so I can feel that magic, that special tingle in my spine that I used to get when I heard such awe-inspiring music from a band that need not ever quit.

/rant

EDIT: I'm very sure Mike will be back in a few years' time, anyway. The way he's talked about it in recent interviews seems to support that notion, but who knows in the end?


I am pretty sure Mike was sober for most, if not all of his Dream Theater career. Don't quote me on it, but I thought that was the case anyway.
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#21
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I am pretty sure Mike was sober for most, if not all of his Dream Theater career. Don't quote me on it, but I thought that was the case anyway.


I was making a dark-humored joke, I apologize.

He did get really wasted during shows back in the day, though, that much is true. He even said he used to have a bar near his drumkit where he could just grab drinks mid-show.
#23
Well, at least I can just listen to Awake, specifically The Mirror and Lie.

I just can't believe he just goes out and spends 25 years with his band, his "baby" and writes The Mirror, kinda part of Lie, because Lie was born out of The Mirror. Writes his 12 step suite of him quitting alcoholism. ACOS, about (as far as I remember hearing) his mother dying. Writes The Best of Times, about his father and his years he spent with him and all his memories, then his father died of cancer, knowing about this song his son wrote about him, shortly after he released the song.
And he coulda just taken a year and a half break rather than just leaving, even though I do understand him and the band have been talking about it for a year....

I'm just so depressed right now of him leaving, not in tears, but I just feel like something is just gone...
Just why....

EDIT:Even all over wikipedia, Mike Portnoy leaving, bands history, people currently in the band, all saying MP is just gone, not there, no longer in the bands history for 2011.
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#24
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And he coulda just taken a year and a half break rather than just leaving, even though I do understand him and the band have been talking about it for a year....

Have you read anything?

Portnoy wanted a"break" but the band told him no, they wanted to continue on this January and he had no choice but to just split.

And they haven't been talking about it for a year. Portnoy said he's been contemplating it himself for about year, but JUST broke the news to everyone as Petrucci said it came as a shock.
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#26
I wonder if they'll ask Danny Carey to do some session work with them.
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#27
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Hmm. Now if only Gavin Harrison would join DT, maybe they could get back to being more than a shadow of their former self!


Exactly.
#28
How long of a break was Mike expecting? What was DT doing during all that time he spent with Avenged Sevenfold
#29
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How long of a break was Mike expecting? What was DT doing during all that time he spent with Avenged Sevenfold

Spending time with their families, solo stuff.
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