Mike Portnoy Is Not Sueing Dream Theater

Portnoy has explained the legal situation behind yesterday's news that he was sueing his former band mates, but if anything, the situation is getting hotter than ever...

Mike Portnoy Is Not Sueing Dream Theater
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Mike Portnoy is not sueing his former band Dream Theater - despite reports yesterday suggesting he felt "wrongfully excluded" from the group, and that the band were "wrongfully using the name of the band in connection with [their] recording of an album without the participation or consent of [Portnoy]." In a letter to Blabbermouth, Dream Theater's attorney Ronald S. Beinstock explained that there is no pending litigation between the band and Mike Portnoy. Portnoy also chipped in with a post on his official forum, citing Blabbermouth as "lame" for "creating hate and negative propaganda": "I did NOT sue [Dream Theater] ....and second of all, I DESPERATELY tried to discuss matters with them personally to avoid ANYTHING LIKE THIS and yet THEY insisted on only using lawyers...so my lawyers filed those papers (BACK IN APRIL, mind you) as that was the position they chose to take...if the band would've talked to me, it would've NEVER come to that!!! "All that aside, this was 6 months ago....so yes indeed, we have all moved on since then... "I'm still really not allowed to discuss any of this publicly, but I feel everybody's hasty and half-truth filled witchhunt yesterday deserves to be addressed to help at least try to clear my name and reputation that was so wrongly tainted by yesterday's false conclusions... "The fact is, when you have a band (or a corporation or marriage) for 25 years, there are business and financial things that need to be sorted out behind the scenes .. it was incredibly LAME of Blabbermouth to exploit these private issues and divulge personal information that is clearly nobody's business other than our own. They are creating hate and negative propaganda and poisoning the minds and spirits of music fans around the world...shame on them. [sic]" Portnoy co-founded the band 20 years ago, but left in 2010. He later suggested his regret for leaving the band and a wish to return, but they had already found a replacement in Mike Mangini.

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    bass-man9712
    Alpha_Wolf wrote: Enough with Mike Portnoy already. Ffs.
    Cannot agree more, no one cares what he's doing. We don't need to hear about ever little thing that happens. Should have just left it when he left DT, everything afterwards is irrelevant.
    livinoffaprayer
    iscreamicecream wrote: but on the other hand, I don't want to forget to mention the fact that there's a tremendous amount of fans that do have my back and that are supportive of me and understand what happened and are behind my next musical steps. So for those people that are [still behind me], I'll never let them down I will continue to work as hard and as passionately as I did for DREAM THEATER. I will put all of that into everything I do in my career, so the fans that stick with me will have a fan-friendly artist for life. It's just the way I am, and that applies to every band that I work with." On the fact that the recent DREAM THEATER European tour was the first time the band played the same exact set every night: Portnoy: "Well, I'm sure there's gonna be many things in the DREAM THEATER camp that are gonna be different, because the fact is that I made all of the decisions for the band beyond the music itself. So, of course, there's gonna be some things that are different and then, of course, there's gonna be other things that are gonna follow the framework and the ideas that I laid down and they'll just continue to utilize what was established in the past with me. So how they run the band and pick up all of my slack, all duties that I left for them [to take care of following my departure], how they do that is up to them. I don't know. I guess we'll all be waiting to find out." On some DREAM THEATER fans' opinion that the "magic is gone" from the band's sound and songwriting chemistry now that he is no longer part of the group: Portnoy: "I always thought that the strongest elements and personalities in DREAM THEATER were me and John Petrucci. And in the early days Kevin Moore [former DREAM THEATER keyboardist] was a big, big part of that chemistry, and then in the later days Jordan Rudess was a big part of that chemistry. But at the end of the day, it was always me and John [Petrucci]. And John Myung, of course, but he's a quieter person, so he's not as strong of an element because he's quiet by nature. But yeah, John Petrucci and myself were, and I think will always be, the sound and the style and the heart and the soul of DREAM THEATER. And I think if you take either one of us out, I think it's like when Roger Waters and David Gilmour split. David Gilmour carried on PINK FLOYD without Roger Waters, but as far as I was concerned, it was never the same. Roger Waters was a big part of the [sound on] all the classic PINK FLOYD albums, and once he left, I think PINK FLOYD sounded like a David Gilmour solo band. I honestly think if John Petrucci came to me last year and said he needed a break, I wouldn't have continued DREAM THEATER without him; I would have absolutely respected his desire for a break and I would have put the band on hold and waited for him. So it saddens me that he wouldn't do that for me, because I think DREAM THEATER, at the end of the day, was always about the chemistry between me and him."
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    ColdbringeR
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: Suing, not sueing. Retards.
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: Suing, not sueing. Retards.
    It's almost as bad as seeing people write "dieing" instead of dying. Seriously, though. The people writing these articles are supposed to be journalists. How is anyone going to take this site seriously with stuff like that on the front page?
    sc247
    didn't see yesterdays main article, had my "herp derp slow news week much" comment at the ready...
    CPDmusic
    I just noticed he's wearing a Metalocalypse shirt. But on topic, let's just all walk away. Because this whole thing is annoying as ****.
    rkroxpunk
    Shame on UG, this article was up before the initial UG article. I guess that's the way journalism works, but maybe you guys should try and do your research before trying to make a controversial story.
    stonedhippos
    if Blabbermouth released untrue and misleading facts against mike, can't he sue them? just don't post it on UG, though.
    Good_Lord
    lol U mad portnoy ? It'll teach you to go play on the neighbour's lawn , idiot.
    guitarmazdur
    rebel rocker wrote: Hamburger89 wrote: The last album was the best thing they did since six feet of inner turbulence. :facepalm: Am I the only one who likes all the stuff DT has done? I like their more prog style stuff, Six Degrees, Metropolis pt2, but i also really like their heavier stuff like Systematic Chaos and Train of Thought.
    no man, you're not alone. i hate when people say "this is the best DT has done since..." because they vary in style so much that its impossible to say what is truly better. you cant say that "Honor Thy Father" is better than "The Spirit Carries On", because they are completely different styles in general. and DT has some of the greatest musical variety ever. but i still think that MP was turning DT into a 'metal band' with some of the stuff off the last two albums before he left. (particularly songs like Constant Motion, Dark Eternal Night, and maybe Rite of Passage). it wasnt bad, it just wasnt DT.
    sickassfoo
    ok this is how you know this website news cant be taken serious haha what a joke!
    74SLIP26KNOT
    Hamburger89 wrote: To be honest i'm kinda glad he left. The last album was the best thing they did since six feet of inner turbulence. The others were so dark and the latest album even had portnoy doing the singing. He was destroying dream theater by turning it into a metal band. I hope he never returns, maybe for live performance but he can't write anymore.
    I lol'd x)
    Air_Stryker
    Only read the Sh-tstorm ensuing the original article this morning. Nice to see this new is much better received =P
    BigSpence
    False_God wrote: Tomorrow's Headline - DREAM THEATER IS SUING MIKE PORTNOY
    Ok, you are a COMPLETE troll. Everyone here knows UG can't spell "suing" correctly. If anyone can't see that was sarcasm, you should just put down your guitar and leave. Just, leave.
    Randomrings
    stonedhippos wrote: if Blabbermouth released untrue and misleading facts against mike, can't he sue them? just don't post it on UG, though.
    he should sue them. I've had enough of this portnoy crap. What happened between him and dream theater wasn't even that bad. It was a huge deal that he left the band but I mean nothing bad really happened. Ughhhhh. Media...
    Loki_37
    False_God wrote: Tomorrow's Headline - DREAM THEATER IS SUING MIKE PORTNOY
    We deserve this.
    Zappanator
    Atlantis2112 wrote: Lars Portnoy anyone?
    Yeah, Maybe if Mike cut both of his hands off.
    iktpq666
    he wouldnt coz he knows myung would ****ing ninja star assassinate him.
    pat_kenn93
    next news update:"Mike Portnoy Actually Is Sueing Dream Theater, Court Date Set"
    Paramecium302
    Revolover wrote: know this is left field, but, why doesn't he do what musicians do and just make some ****ing music? tampax sales must be going through the roof, what with portnoy having the longest period any sentient being with a puss has ever had
    Because their people, not musicians. It's unfair to say they can't experience similar emotions to anyone else in the world just because internet news websites exploit the finest details. That being said, they should know the position there in as practically celebrities, and should know that the press will exploit them.
    AndSteve wrote: It's funny how quick everyone was to jump on the Portnoy hate-train as soon as there was an article posted here about the suing and shit, **** you haters
    "Hater's gonna' hate." But seriously, people feel like they have to take a single side in any two sided fight like this. It's all grey area however, there is no right side or wrong side; we only know one side of this.
    ne14t wrote: Portnoy just needs to suck it up like a big boy and realize he farked up big time. He figured Dream Theater became stagnant and decided to go elsewhere to perform. Pretty much the same as leaving the band, now they have put out a good and successful album and he is butt hurt because he wasnt in on the success. This is a small part of a thing us mere mortal like to call LIFE get used to it!
    Once again, it is quite unfair to not allow Portnay natural reaction to ay of this, let alone getting annoyed with the constant press from this whole matter (are we all not tired of this ourselves?)
    Revolover
    know this is left field, but, why doesn't he do what musicians do and just make some ****ing music? tampax sales must be going through the roof, what with portnoy having the longest period any sentient being with a puss has ever had
    watrtamamma
    Man he was a part of founding DT, without him DT is gay. They'll loose alot of fans now. Instead of acting like kids they should have accepted his excuse...
    RoryPrime
    They sound like school kids arguing... I wouldn't be surprised if the next 'breaking news' on this was something like "John Petrucci says Portnoy can't come to his next birthday party".
    damillion
    "Mike Portnoy co-founded the band 20 years ago". What? Get your facts straight, UG. That's 25 years ago, not 20.
    Stellarnight
    But I guess we would cross that bridge when we get there. But right now a lot of those bridges are burned at the moment, so there's gonna be a lot of rebuilding that's gonna need to happen first."
    But but... the Bridges are In The Sky now;P Im pretty sure a autobiography about Dream Theater would be exciting!(Perhaps a concept Album!)
    maximumrocker
    rebel rocker wrote: Hamburger89 wrote: The last album was the best thing they did since six feet of inner turbulence. :facepalm: Am I the only one who likes all the stuff DT has done? I like their more prog style stuff, Six Degrees, Metropolis pt2, but i also really like their heavier stuff like Systematic Chaos and Train of Thought.
    I have enjoyed everything they have put out...their first album has yet to grow on me
    crazyhorse174
    Shouldnt this be the main headline at the top of the News page, rather than the article saying that he is suing them??
    Eirien
    thrashdeth wrote: I KNEW this would happen.
    I knew it would happen too because:
    PsiGuy60 wrote: About 3 days behind there.
    Anyway, I agree with Dave Frenzy calling for an end to unnecessary DT and MP stories. The comments sections always end up as completely pointless arguments about the circumstances surrounding Portnoy's departure, with everyone calling each other retards and I'm sick of it.
    goingnowhere21
    I wonder how many Twitter followers this whole drummer epidemic has gotten Dream Theater. lol.
    rebel rocker
    Hamburger89 wrote: The last album was the best thing they did since six feet of inner turbulence .
    :facepalm: Am I the only one who likes all the stuff DT has done? I like their more prog style stuff, Six Degrees, Metropolis pt2, but i also really like their heavier stuff like Systematic Chaos and Train of Thought.
    Hamburger89
    To be honest i'm kinda glad he left. The last album was the best thing they did since six feet of inner turbulence. The others were so dark and the latest album even had portnoy doing the singing. He was destroying dream theater by turning it into a metal band. I hope he never returns, maybe for live performance but he can't write anymore.
    cory_i
    Dave Frenzy wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: I'm surprised it wasn't Corey Taylor who broke the news about this. ha! can we just have a ban on all matters relating to Dream Theater and Mike Portnoy for the next 6 months? I like Dream Theater and Mike but I just think we have had our fill of news on them both recently lol
    Yeah. It's almost as bad as the Velvet Revolver crap that plagued the site for months before this.
    L2112Lif
    So, he's not allowed to talk about suing them one day, and then the next day he's not suing them but he's still not allowed to talk about it, but there are still papers on the court record, but those papers don't mean anything because they were filed six months ago, but the civil side of the legal system takes forever to do anything so Portnoy might just not be on top of his case. Okay. Now I understand why musicians aren't lawyers.
    HarvesterofPain
    Dave Frenzy wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: I'm surprised it wasn't Corey Taylor who broke the news about this. ha! can we just have a ban on all matters relating to Dream Theater and Mike Portnoy for the next 6 months? I like Dream Theater and Mike but I just think we have had our fill of news on them both recently lol
    Too bad Portnoy-DT back and forths get hits. If the stories continue to pull interest(and they do), they're gonna keep coming. And I can't believe that I'm the first person to take a potshot at Blabbermouth. Blabbermouth may have some good facts and interviews every now and again, but they are by far the scummiest music news source I've ever seen. It even rubs off on their registered users. I thought some of the UG users were ignorant, potty-mouth trashtalkers, but Blabbermouths community is a whole different animal. Call UG what you want, but don't mistake UG for the music communities 4chan, that position will be held by Blabbermouth's basement dwellers for a long time to come.