Dream Theater Feel 'Much More Balanced' Without Portnoy

Singer James LaBrie says their former drummer was trying to grab the limelight when he should have just been grooving.

Dream Theater Feel 'Much More Balanced' Without Portnoy
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Dream Theater singer James LaBrie says their band are much more balanced since former drummer Mike Portnoy left. In an interview with Prog Sphere, LaBrie said the balance come from "not somebody in the background trying to grab the limelight when maybe they should just be grooving" - a blatent reference to Mike Portnoy. "He's big and he wants to be in the limelight. But, unfortunately, the problem with that is that it takes away from the bigger picture and that is the band as a unit. And a lot of people have been commenting on that since we started out on this tour. "There's always moments in the night when there is the spotlight on these other members and it should be. But it creates more a balance. And we were talking about this, we were saying, "You know, this is really cool." It feels like a unit. So it's a lot better." The last time the singer spoke to Portnoy was the day he finally quit. Fans have noticed that the current Dream Theater live set doesn't include any songs where the lyrics were written by the former drummer. "That's coincidental," James is keen to point out. "We were saying that, too. We were saying that everyone's gonna think we're throwing that stuff away."

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    AllYourBass
    Now we'll need to endure a renewed press release battle between Portnoy at DT. Fantastic.
    Eirien
    bladerunner110 wrote: Eirien wrote: I've never ever seen a drummer playing with a band that has anywhere near as much stage presence as Portnoy. Neil Peart, Slim Jim Phantom, Bill Bruford, Tommy Lee, Brann Dailor, Terry Bozzio, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, ..-- Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just prove you wrong? My bad.
    Don't worry about it, you're wrong anyway.
    charup
    The media refuses to drop this subject. No one cares about *MP vs. DT* anymore. It's over, move on.
    bladerunner110
    sicfix wrote: Im honestly glad that Portnoy is out. F*ckin hated having to hear him sing live! Never once did it sound right...Saw them twice, and his overall attitude was a bit sickening...Specially on the BC&SL tour
    This x's 1000. BC&SL saw the biggest turning point for the band. The album was crap. Utter crap. Mainly be cause Portnoy just HAD to have a say and tweak in every track on the album. His production is weak.
    02Goon
    Jasonbts wrote: Wow.... I have yet to see a DT performance where LeBrie wasn't acting like a limelight hog. Him and Rudess, who can't seem to write a basic part (like what LeBrie is accusing Portnoy of...) always seemed like the have MASSIVE egos to me. I'm honestly not a fan of Myung's playing, but I have to say, him and Petrucci are two of the most modest players I've ever seen. They have all the skill but they never seem to do anything on stage that says "hey look at me! I can shred!". They just play their parts and genuinely enjoy the music.
    Have you ever seen a live performance of DT?? Cmon... JLB might be on stage for half the show, the rest is the band doing instrumental sections. and as for ..."hey look at me! I can shred!"
    DarkieBC
    I really dont get why people hate James LaBrie, he has such an awesome voice.
    bladerunner110
    Jasonbts wrote: Wow.... I have yet to see a DT performance where LeBrie wasn't acting like a limelight hog. Him and Rudess, who can't seem to write a basic part (like what LeBrie is accusing Portnoy of...) always seemed like the have MASSIVE egos to me.
    Rudess has plenty of basic parts in many songs. Dunno what you're on about there. And LeBrie, despite what people may think, IS the frontman of DT. That's the singer's dynamic in a band like this.
    peachesenregali
    [/quote] Neil Peart, Slim Jim Phantom, Bill Bruford, Tommy Lee, Brann Dailor, Terry Bozzio, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, ..-- Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just prove you wrong? My bad.[/quote] BAM!
    Scott_Anderson
    guitarmazdur wrote: indyrock91 wrote: he grabbed the limelight to distract everyone from LaBrie's crappy singing your dumb
    fail.
    afluffyteddy
    May i ask why so many people hate Labrie as a singer? He is still a good singer today, and back before his throat injury he was amazing. Just because he doesn't sound gruff or like cookie monster and the fact he can sing fairly high now - as opposed to extremely high back in the day, doesn't make him a bad prog metal singer, he brings great sense of power and emotion to DT's lyrics, he's unique actually just like Dream Theater as a whole, so lay off him haters, just cos you could never sing like him. Having said that i was very disappointed with Labrie's singing on Black Clouds, his heart wasn't in it from what i could hear but on their latest he is back to form.
    guitarmazdur
    indyrock91 wrote: he grabbed the limelight to distract everyone from LaBrie's crappy singing
    your dumb
    coco-axeman
    Portnoy showed off ALOT. However, just keep the limelight away from Labrie, please.
    bladerunner110
    Eirien wrote: bladerunner110 wrote: Eirien wrote: I've never ever seen a drummer playing with a band that has anywhere near as much stage presence as Portnoy. Neil Peart, Slim Jim Phantom, Bill Bruford, Tommy Lee, Brann Dailor, Terry Bozzio, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, ..-- Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just prove you wrong? My bad. Don't worry about it, you're wrong anyway.
    I'd believe you if Portnoy could hit the raw momentum of Slim Jim Phantom. But he can't.
    hinder
    Basic Stuff? If you can play, you can shred every now and then.. Why not? Thats why people go to the concerts, to be blown away and enjoy the music, I dont see why guys cant show off every now and then..
    Jasonbts
    Wow.... I have yet to see a DT performance where LeBrie wasn't acting like a limelight hog. Him and Rudess, who can't seem to write a basic part (like what LeBrie is accusing Portnoy of...) always seemed like the have MASSIVE egos to me. I'm honestly not a fan of Myung's playing, but I have to say, him and Petrucci are two of the most modest players I've ever seen. They have all the skill but they never seem to do anything on stage that says "hey look at me! I can shred!". They just play their parts and genuinely enjoy the music.
    Holoogamooga
    FallenAsh wrote: Portnoy had a great stage personality and that was part of what made DT shows extra exciting, but I do agree that he was maybe a bit too zealous and (probably unintentionally) hogging the limelight from the other members. I wish people would stop hating on LaBrie. The man's got an excellent range and a distinctive voice, just because he's not stereotypically "metuuuul" doesn't make him a bad singer. Your voice would suffer too if you ruptured your vocal cords with projectile vomit lol.
    Glad I'm not the only one who's still okay with LaBrie. I'll admit I think he's gone downhill since the whole food poisoning thing, but I still can't imagine a DT record without his distinct voice. Listening to Dream and Day has never been easy.
    Eirien
    I've never ever seen a drummer playing with a band that has anywhere near as much stage presence as Portnoy. I thought that was a really cool thing about DT both times I saw them. I could see how they would get annoyed at his attention seeking but I think it makes a nice change from a band where everybody's stood about doing nothing visually interesting except the singer.
    bladerunner110
    Eirien wrote: I've never ever seen a drummer playing with a band that has anywhere near as much stage presence as Portnoy.
    Neil Peart, Slim Jim Phantom, Bill Bruford, Tommy Lee, Brann Dailor, Terry Bozzio, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, ..-- Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just prove you wrong? My bad.
    MikeBTE
    "he grabbed the limelight to distract everyone from LaBrie's crappy singing" agreed The switch that would kill this band is if petrucci left. I think they'd get better if labrie left.
    ReaperWaits
    indyrock91 wrote: he grabbed the limelight to distract everyone from LaBrie's crappy singing
    Love it.
    02Goon
    The media refuses to drop this subject. No one cares about *MP vs. DT* anymore. It's over, move on.
    MegaDTSX
    shredder3386 wrote: FallenAsh wrote: Portnoy had a great stage personality and that was part of what made DT shows extra exciting, but I do agree that he was maybe a bit too zealous and (probably unintentionally) hogging the limelight from the other members. I wish people would stop hating on LaBrie. The man's got an excellent range and a distinctive voice, just because he's not stereotypically "metuuuul" doesn't make him a bad singer. Your voice would suffer too if you ruptured your vocal cords with projectile vomit lol. I agree that Portnoy's stage presence made DT shows amazing, but it was all the stuff in between that made me want to punch him in the head. I remember when BC&SL came out and JP and Rudess were trying to talk about a song Portnoy was running around screaming like a retarded 3 year old. That kind of shit would drive me crazy as a professional. He is an amazing drummer, but just a douchebag of a human being.
    Link to this "screaming like a retarded 3 year old"? I'm curious to see what you're talking about.
    shredder3386
    FallenAsh wrote: Portnoy had a great stage personality and that was part of what made DT shows extra exciting, but I do agree that he was maybe a bit too zealous and (probably unintentionally) hogging the limelight from the other members. I wish people would stop hating on LaBrie. The man's got an excellent range and a distinctive voice, just because he's not stereotypically "metuuuul" doesn't make him a bad singer. Your voice would suffer too if you ruptured your vocal cords with projectile vomit lol.
    I agree that Portnoy's stage presence made DT shows amazing, but it was all the stuff in between that made me want to punch him in the head. I remember when BC&SL came out and JP and Rudess were trying to talk about a song Portnoy was running around screaming like a retarded 3 year old. That kind of shit would drive me crazy as a professional. He is an amazing drummer, but just a douchebag of a human being.
    FallenAsh
    Portnoy had a great stage personality and that was part of what made DT shows extra exciting, but I do agree that he was maybe a bit too zealous and (probably unintentionally) hogging the limelight from the other members. I wish people would stop hating on LaBrie. The man's got an excellent range and a distinctive voice, just because he's not stereotypically "metuuuul" doesn't make him a bad singer. Your voice would suffer too if you ruptured your vocal cords with projectile vomit lol.
    georgebushguy79
    bladerunner110 wrote: Eirien wrote: I've never ever seen a drummer playing with a band that has anywhere near as much stage presence as Portnoy. Neil Peart, Slim Jim Phantom, Bill Bruford, Tommy Lee, Brann Dailor, Terry Bozzio, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, ..-- Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just prove you wrong? My bad.
    Your such a nice individual.
    Oixord
    I disagree tbh, his MP's awesome fills made DT what it was. It's still good now tho but in a different way, slightly less drum-focused.
    sicfix
    Im honestly glad that Portnoy is out. F*ckin hated having to hear him sing live! Never once did it sound right...Saw them twice, and his overall attitude was a bit sickening...Specially on the BC&SL tour