Mike Portnoy Quits Dream Theater

Mike Portnoy has quit Dream Theater, 25 years after founding the band.

Mike Portnoy Quits Dream Theater
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Mike Portnoy, founding member of progressive metal legends Dream Theater, has quit the band after 25 years. Widely accepted as one of the finest drummers in the music industry, his decision has come as a shock. He released the following statement on 8th September, explaining his actions: "I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write. "After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater... the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century. "To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision...it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so.... "After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail!, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater. "Please don't misinterpret me, I love the guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them... it's just that I think we are in serious need of a little break. "Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985... 24/7, 365... never taking time off from Dream Theater's never-ending responsibilities (even when the band was 'off' between cycles)... working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band. "But I've come to the conclusion that the Dream Theater machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my Dream Theater spirit hungry and inspired. "We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here and there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a 'hiatus' to recharge our batteries and 'save me from ourselves'... "Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather... I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be... "While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way...so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes. "Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of Dream Theater and I talked about 'always following your heart and being true to yourself'... Sadly, I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater...and I would simply be 'going through the motions,' and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed. "I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come... I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played.... "I'm sorry to all the disappointed Dream Theater fans around the world... I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work... I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)... but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within. "You Dream Theater fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me.... (and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future Mike Portnoy projects!)" Rumours stating that he had quit started circulating last week, with most fans dismissing them as false. Recently, Portnoy has been touring with American hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold following the death of their drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009. Rumours are now spreading that Portnoy will be named as a permanent member of the band. However, this has not yet been confirmed or denied. Thanks for the report to MH400.

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    bakaxninja
    Guys, if you look at his facebook page, you'll see a post by him saying NOT to blame Avenged sevenfold...
    MegadethFan18
    Also I have been meaning to get into Dream Theater for ages but have yet to and this is a HUGE shock to me. This headline is equal "James Hetfield leaves Metallica" or "Kerry King leaves Slayer" or "Slash leaves Guns N' Roses" Just kidding about that last one
    rmp0012002
    He wanted a hiatus, the band didn't. He did everything for the band and burned himself out. He seems to like the idea of just being part of a band instead of running the business all the time. DT doesn't exist without Mike. It was his band.
    GDrock!
    NOOOOO!!!!! I don't think there's anyone who can replace him!!! Hmmm... how bout The Rev??? oh wait he's dead... WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL THE GOOD DRUMMERS??? *shoots self*
    MegadethFan18
    Levi79 wrote: Wow, he quit Dream Theater to be in Avenged? That's ****ing weak. What a fag.
    Learn to read.
    parkerp38lover
    wow what the f***. This is a damn travesty. DT will never be the same. I think this is a huge mistake on portnoy's part.
    djtraceman
    honestly, i'm trying to get over this as much as the next fan. how am i doing so? just imagining that first Dream Theater album after Portnoy returns.
    WizMystery
    Joshua Garcia wrote: Rebel_Onslaught wrote: Wow...why mike would want to join The Jonas Brothers..err i mean avenge sevenfold is beyond me, bunch of Chris Angel look alikes, they suck balls. I hope mike fails at everything else he does and has no choice but to rejoin Dream Theater. Awww, did someone get their period? Well, sorry Mike refused to be in your Justin Bieber cover band, he was probably too busy listening to REAL music, something you wouldn't know about.
    Did you just quote the wrong person? I think Avenged will actually become way better with Mike if he ends up going in that direction (he never said he would or wouldn't, why are you people putting words in his mouth?). A progressive influence could do something for the band, unless that's what Mike's trying to escape.
    Levi79
    Wow, he quit Dream Theater to be in Avenged? That's ****ing weak. What a fag.
    moses132049
    wow, so he quit, and he tried to guilt them into waiting for him, what a... im not gonna say it cause i dont wanna get banned again, but you get what im trying to say. apparently he is a control freak so id like to see how much better dream theater gets without him
    a7xb4d
    Wow..... I'm not sure what to say except that that came out of freakin' nowhere. I'm kinda split on whether it would be cool if he joined sevenfold....it would kinda be like he was cheating on his band
    JBecker=SHREDDA
    Best of luck to him, i say, its his life, and his choice. I'm actually excited to see DT will get to replace him.
    Deathmethod
    When I read the original post on his FB page I felt like a good friend had died. I'm wearing all my DT gear today in memorial of what they were. I hope the best for both, but I don't think it will ever be the same.
    shred_wizzard
    truly sad, but if you're not enjoying it...you're not enjoying it...and after 25 years of loyalty and service to the band/fans, he has earned the right to do what he likes
    deathofarev
    can people stop blaming avenged sevenfold please? for **** sake it's not their fault he's left dream theater, it's his choice. ok now an the bitching stop ok? if the rev hadn't died (not his fault) mike would have only gone to another band and you would just bitch about them, so please all **** off
    Xomar
    if he goes to play for A7x he will go from being my favorite drummer to a sell out in a sh*tty band
    InTheFlesh!
    I'm shocked but also quite interested in the new era this will usher, both for Dream Theater and for Mike himself. Excited trepidation, I guess.
    AngryGoldfish
    RapeFace McGee wrote: This is how I eased my friend, who's a massive Dream Theater fan, into the news, via text message: Me: Did u hear about Mike Portnoy? Friend: no wut???? Me: He died dude Friend: WHAT????!!!! SERIOUSLY??? Me: Nah j/k he did quit dream theater, though Friend: **** you Me: you're less upset though, right?
    Epic lolz Checked
    \m/A7X\m/
    mervycowan wrote: I agree with the people saying its not avenged sevenfold's fault. It's not. But it doesn't stop them sounding like a bunch of gays. And they dress like twats.
    Yeah the well known gays who are all either married or have girlfriends, good one!
    Dakkstar
    Danny's skills are laughable compared to Portnoy, it would only make the band sound laughable aswell. Very sad thought.
    flame843 wrote: my top replacement ideas (however unrealistic they may be): Danny Carey Blake Richardson Jason Rullo
    mjosephw52
    mike is such an essential part of dream theater! i cant imagine the band without him!
    mervycowan
    \m/A7X\m/ wrote: Yeah the well known gays who are all either married or have girlfriends, good one!
    didn't say they were gay, merely commented on their sound and appearance. even better one.
    illmental
    Hungry_Hameds wrote: Never really heard much of them, but it's clear from the lack of "I dont care" messages that this is the end of an era. May have to educate myself
    You should start with the song (Pull me under!
    Joshua Garcia
    Rebel_Onslaught wrote: Wow...why mike would want to join The Jonas Brothers..err i mean avenge sevenfold is beyond me, bunch of Chris Angel look alikes, they suck balls. I hope mike fails at everything else he does and has no choice but to rejoin Dream Theater.
    Awww, did someone get their period? Well, sorry Mike refused to be in your Justin Bieber cover band, he was probably too busy listening to REAL music, something you wouldn't know about.
    mrrman
    Well this sucks...now the new search for a drummer begins....
    Jasonbts
    Hungry_Hameds wrote: Never really heard much of them, but it's clear from the lack of "I dont care" messages that this is the end of an era. May have to educate myself
    Not my kind of band, but they're still good. Worth checking out!
    foREVer666
    camdencarey1 wrote: He better not join fagot ass avenged sevenfold
    boo hoo poor baby, theres no point gettin wound up over it its hardly down to you what mike does you moron
    Kilvik
    I cannot explain the pain i felt in my heart when i heard the news about Mike leaving Dream Theater! It's like a Mirror without a reflection. I have been a Bloodfan of Dream Theater since i first heard them many years ago. And they have inspired me in every possible way! Their music has changed my life! And finding out that the guy who put the must effort in the band is leaving is heartbreaking! I trust him and supports him in his choice, but i'm am worried sick of what will happen to Dream Theater now! He made many of their best songs! He wrote The 12 Step Suite because of his war against his alcohol problems, He Wrote A Change of Season for his mother and The Best of Times for his Father! His Father named the band. He is the Dream of Dream Theater and he is irreplaceable. Dream Theater is the perfect combination of musicians, and are all a part of what makes their music to music! And if you take one of those pieces away it will all collapse! But still... If Mike or the rest of Dream Theater reads this i must just say that i'm not disappointed. I'm hurt! But i respect whatever you do, and me and i bet every Dream Theater/Portnoy fan's out there prey to God that it's just a longer break and not over yet. We need Dream Theaters Special and unique music! Because it's the only band that never had disappointed me! You have always made one album better than the other and no one can say for sure what is your best album! - Love from Norway's biggest Dream Theater fan.
    Noremak
    Whoever replaces him better have a REALLY REALLY REALLY big drum set.
    squareimage
    bignuts20 wrote: crazysam23_Atax wrote: I blame AX7. Their new album, except for MP's drums, sucked anyway. This just proves that you're hating on them for no good reason. The drum parts on Nightmare weren't even written by Portnoy.
    +1
    !Mike!
    crazysam23_Atax wrote: I blame AX7. Their new album, except for MP's drums, sucked anyway.
    You're just an MP ass kisser, if you knew the Rev actually wrote all the drums before he died you wouldn't have said that the drums don't suck.
    Megalomaniac46
    Just another reason for me to hate Avenged Sevenfold. Stealing one of my fave band's drummer.
    Watermelonlulz
    Just from the way he seems to word the statement to kind of imply that he IS DT, kind of makes me not care at all. And as far as him being the "victim", you should definitely hold up commitments to your own band before you run off and work yourself out with a different one, then cry about not being able to take a break while everyone else is ready to go. Plus, he was too METUL
    rob_guitar
    Without Portnoy there is no Dream Theatre. Now Petrucci will have to hold it down. A7X's new album sucked balls, nightmare is a cool song with a cool vid, but the rest of the album doesn't hold up to it. Also, although Portnoy didn't write the drum parts for the album he did add his own touch and embellishments to the already written parts.
    Austyn6661
    rob_guitar wrote: Without Portnoy there is no Dream Theatre. Now Petrucci will have to hold it down. A7X's new album sucked balls, nightmare is a cool song with a cool vid, but the rest of the album doesn't hold up to it. Also, although Portnoy didn't write the drum parts for the album he did add his own touch and embellishments to the already written parts.
    all he did in nightmare (the song) was a couple octoban fills and some ride stuff in the chorus. he actually took out some double bass during the solo, and I would bet that if the rev were still living, it would have sounded damn similar. nightmare is also the worst song off the album, compared to Save Me and the rest of the tracks, its generic as f**k.
    ztmusic09
    Ok, people learn to read and listen to interviews...He chose to play with A7X, out of respect and honor for The Rev. And yea..the drum parts weren't written by MP because he said in another interview that he got a demo of all the songs with The Rev's drum parts and he just wanted to bring The Rev's parts to life...not his own. MP is and always will be one of the greatest..if not the greatest drummer of all time. And honestly it's kind of shitty that the other guys of DT couldn't just take a little break till the new work on the album in January. With all the things MP does, he deserves a break. I am tho, a very big DT fan. There music is some amazing stuff and it will be very, very hard finding someone with the same force that MP has. I will always love DT, but it will be hard to get into it since MP has left. Btw, I think the new A7X album is frackin' amazing!
    DaBoXBabY
    NightEmbers wrote: i hope you all had a chance to see Dream Theater at least once in your life, its one hell of an experience
    Thankfully I did this summer while they were with maiden. Makes me a sad panda it wasn't a full set.
    ippystratman
    wow that was unexpected! what are dream theater gonna do now i wonder,itll be hard to replace him...thats if its even possible. honestly, i hope he doesnt go on to join a7x full time, dont get me wrong, i love a7x way more than dream theater and i think what he did on their new album was a brilliant thing to do, something about it just wouldnt be right to me, know what i mean?
    Joshua Garcia
    WizMystery wrote: Joshua Garcia wrote: Rebel_Onslaught wrote: Wow...why mike would want to join The Jonas Brothers..err i mean avenge sevenfold is beyond me, bunch of Chris Angel look alikes, they suck balls. I hope mike fails at everything else he does and has no choice but to rejoin Dream Theater. Awww, did someone get their period? Well, sorry Mike refused to be in your Justin Bieber cover band, he was probably too busy listening to REAL music, something you wouldn't know about. Did you just quote the wrong person? I think Avenged will actually become way better with Mike if he ends up going in that direction (he never said he would or wouldn't, why are you people putting words in his mouth?). A progressive influence could do something for the band, unless that's what Mike's trying to escape.
    The hell are you talking about? Rebel_Onslaught = Justin Bieber cover band Justin Bieber cover band = Gay Also I'll support the idea of Mike joining the A7X lineup, but geez people, give it some time. They just released an album a month or so ago, and they're on tour, it's waaay too early to be throwing around rumors.
    Avedas
    He sounds so pissed off it's hilarious. Too bad DT is likely done now. It doesn't matter what they do, it just won't be the same. Unless they pull something mindblowingly amazing, they're over.
    Megadeth2011
    If he wants to, that's fine. He's worked very hard, and even if it hasn't been quite the best quality lately... well, he still worked on it, didn't he? Let's give him a break. I think eventually he'll want to come back. And when he does, I'm sure the new album will be sweet!!!