Mike Portnoy And Steve Morse To Form Band

Portnoy has surfaced at the dawn of the New Year with a major announcement, as he will be joining Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse in a brand new project.

Mike Portnoy And Steve Morse To Form Band
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With all the will-they-won't-they news about an impending announcement from Dream Theater regarding the identity of their new drummer, one could be forgiven for losing track of outgoing drummer and founding member, Mike Portnoy. But Portnoy has surfaced at the dawn of the New Year with a major announcement of his own, as he will be joining Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse in a brand new project. The as-yet-unnamed project will also include multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, Endochine), and bassist Dave LaRue, who plays with Steve Morse in the on-again-off-again Dixie Dregs. Neal Morse spoke to Blabbermouth about the collaboration: We're all excited about the project, but it is a bit of a mystery as to what will come. The vision is to do something a little more song-oriented and not quite so riffy, as one might expect, but still, of course, having the musical elements that people like Steve Morse, Dave LaRue, Mike Portnoy and myself can provide. As for the timing, Morse says the band hasn't committed to anything resembling a release date: We've mapped out about 10 days [in the studio for the project's first session]. We'll see what happens and see how much we can get done. If we can't get the basics down enough for an album then we'll have to continue on later. Everyone's schedules are a bit in flux and they're very busy people, so I don't know how long it will take us to actually finish and release the record. Thanks for the report to Michael Wright, Gibson.com.

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    Mr_Cbone93
    shredder3386 wrote: Solarstar101 wrote: shredder3386 wrote: I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career trying new things is pissing your career off? holy shit ! Is that what I said?...but to help you understand here is my summary of Portnoy in the past 6 months.. Mike Portnoy: I want to play with AX7 (fine, if it makes him happy) Mike Portnoy: I want to quit Dream Theater because my heart is not in it (a shock, but at least he is honest) AX7: We dont want Portnoy as our drummer Portnoy:SHIT! There goes my dream of finally being the "rock star" I have tried so had to convince people I was. I better get back to DT fast (so much for his "heart is not in it") Portnoy: Hey guys, sorry I ****ed you over, can I come back? DT: FUCK....NO And there goes his integritiy...thanks for the thought out comments though
    I'm pretty sure Portnoy can do whatever the **** he wants and you can't do shit about it...
    DillonJS
    I'm excited about this! Dream Theater meets Deep Purple meets Spock's Beard meets Dixie Dregs. That sounds mighty amazing to me, even if it's going to be lyrical-based... Also, in my opinion, you guys should all consider moving to the forums or something if you're going to be complaining about Mike's decisions all the time...
    audio475
    lincjones wrote: shredder3386 wrote: Solarstar101 wrote: shredder3386 wrote: I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career trying new things is pissing your career off? holy shit ! Is that what I said?...but to help you understand here is my summary of Portnoy in the past 6 months.. Mike Portnoy: I want to play with AX7 (fine, if it makes him happy) Mike Portnoy: I want to quit Dream Theater because my heart is not in it (a shock, but at least he is honest) AX7: We dont want Portnoy as our drummer Portnoy:SHIT! There goes my dream of finally being the "rock star" I have tried so had to convince people I was. I better get back to DT fast (so much for his "heart is not in it") Portnoy: Hey guys, sorry I ****ed you over, can I come back? DT: FUCK....NO And there goes his integritiy...thanks for the thought out comments though I'm not saying your opinion is right or worng i just want to clarify a few things; a7x asked portnoy to drum on nightmare because he was the rev's idol. He didn't want to leave DT he just wanted to take some time off but the rest of the band for whatever reason didn't want to, so he left. and also a7x's reasons for not wanting mike portnoy as their permenant drummer i thought, were fairly resonable. and portnoy seemed to accept those reasons.
    everyone is talking about portnoy in the harshest way possable, plus if anyone read one of the articles it said that he asked to rejoin DT because so many of his fans were asking him to on twitter or something. the point is he did it to prove a point. and you cant deny everyone else in the band is just in it for money if they dont want to take even a small break. i think his decisions were completely justified.
    lincjones
    shredder3386 wrote: Solarstar101 wrote: shredder3386 wrote: I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career trying new things is pissing your career off? holy shit ! Is that what I said?...but to help you understand here is my summary of Portnoy in the past 6 months.. Mike Portnoy: I want to play with AX7 (fine, if it makes him happy) Mike Portnoy: I want to quit Dream Theater because my heart is not in it (a shock, but at least he is honest) AX7: We dont want Portnoy as our drummer Portnoy:SHIT! There goes my dream of finally being the "rock star" I have tried so had to convince people I was. I better get back to DT fast (so much for his "heart is not in it") Portnoy: Hey guys, sorry I ****ed you over, can I come back? DT: FUCK....NO And there goes his integritiy...thanks for the thought out comments though
    I'm not saying your opinion is right or worng i just want to clarify a few things; a7x asked portnoy to drum on nightmare because he was the rev's idol. He didn't want to leave DT he just wanted to take some time off but the rest of the band for whatever reason didn't want to, so he left. and also a7x's reasons for not wanting mike portnoy as their permenant drummer i thought, were fairly resonable. and portnoy seemed to accept those reasons.
    gramke
    I'm pretty sure Portnoy can do whatever the **** he wants and you can't do shit about it...
    im pretty sure hes not trying to tell portnoy what to do, hes just expressing his opinion on the dudes behavior. which i have to say i kind of agree with him to a point. "pissing on the career" is a little over the top but he is kinda acting like an attention loving douche
    shredder3386
    Solarstar101 wrote: shredder3386 wrote: I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career trying new things is pissing your career off? holy shit !
    Is that what I said?...but to help you understand here is my summary of Portnoy in the past 6 months.. Mike Portnoy: I want to play with AX7 (fine, if it makes him happy) Mike Portnoy: I want to quit Dream Theater because my heart is not in it (a shock, but at least he is honest) AX7: We dont want Portnoy as our drummer Portnoy:SHIT! There goes my dream of finally being the "rock star" I have tried so had to convince people I was. I better get back to DT fast (so much for his "heart is not in it") Portnoy: Hey guys, sorry I ****ed you over, can I come back? DT: FUCK....NO And there goes his integritiy...thanks for the thought out comments though
    Solarstar101
    shredder3386 wrote: I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career
    trying new things is pissing your career off? holy shit !
    KataklysmDeth
    shredder3386 wrote: I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career
    Right because honoring the Rev and helping A7X is pissing on his career. The other members are still friends with him so shut your mouth.
    shredder3386
    I used to love Mike Portnoy...like worship him...but his stupid behaviour for the past 6 months has pretty much turned me off him for good...besides Gene Simmons I dont think I have seen another rocker so hell bent are pissing on their own career
    cargath
    I'll listen to any band with Morse on guitar. Steve Morse that is. I don't really care for Neal Morse
    Eirien
    Sweet! I'm unfamiliar with Casey McPherson but the others make a great lineup.