Mike Portnoy Recounts Bizarre 9/11 Coincidence

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, drummer Mike Portnoy shared with AOL's Noisecreep his recollections of the day.

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As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) shared with AOL's Noisecreep his recollections of the day.

He said, "I remember waking up Tuesday, September 11, 2001 to my wife telling me to put on the TV because I wasn't going to be going into [New York City] as planned.

"DREAM THEATER was working in New York City at the time mixing our album 'Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence' and I would've been driving in that afternoon for our session. But as the events of the morning unfolded, I found myself glued to the TV in disbelief as to what I was witnessing. It was all too surreal. I felt like I was watching a Will Smith Hollywood film. It couldn't possibly be really happening.

"When I finally did return to work in New York City a few days later, it was just as surreal as there was a sadness and almost deafening silence still lingering throughout the streets of Manhattan.

"On a personal side note, one of the strangest coincidences of my career was that DREAM THEATER's 'Live Scenes From New York' was released on Tuesday, September 11th 2001, the cover artwork of which illustrated a big apple (representing New York City) with the World Trade Center in flames!"

Nearly 3,000 victims and the 19 hijackers died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Among the 2,753 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and 8 private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the attack on the Pentagon.

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    courageous93
    >Read title, expecting something >That something wasn't delivered >>>Not even a coincidence >Realize site is Ultimate-Guitar >Read "Mike Portnoy" several times aloud >>>Drummer >Flip table >Abuse dog for the world's follies >Eat sandwich
    TomWhaley
    Portnoy's a good dude. Bad public break up with DT. Just because UG writes crazy amounts of articles on him doesn't make him bad...
    Kerry_King_1990
    Slayer released God Hates Us All that day, and one of the tracks, Deviance has a crazy intro considering what happand that day
    metalhed0294
    HH_Emo_666 wrote: I'm so sick of listening to this guy being on the news on UG all the time. I think he's on here more than Axl Rose and Slash put together. They should take away Slash's column and add a Mike Portnoy one. Anyways, how is that a coincidence. It's not like he was driving to New York and he suddenly didn't feel like going. He woke up and his wife showed him the news on tv..
    The coincidence is that the album cover showed the World Trade Center on fire, and it was released on the same day as the attacks. Obviously, the album cover was decided on before the attacks, so it is coincidental that it would be released and the terrorist attacks on the WTC would happen on the same day.
    Eirien
    audio475 wrote: Why do people just live to complain on this site? there is always so much whining about the fact that there is to much news about this guy and that guy. here is an idea for people... if you are tired of news about certain people then dont reading the bloody article! so many idiots on this site.
    Hah! I love it when people complain about complaining!
    nailsarecruel wrote: JAHellraiser wrote: Why did it look like a Will Smith hollywood film?!?! HUH?! Is is cause he's BLACK!? You RACIST!!!!! > I'm guessing because it's full of explosions and over the top action that look really cool at the time, but has a plot full of holes you can't make sense of, even years after.
    Quality! Great summary of 9/11.
    X DogBert X
    has anyone thought of not reading the article if they're so sick of mick portnoy. the whole album cover coincidence is quite astonishing though im surprised people haven't talked much about it.
    nailsarecruel
    JAHellraiser wrote: Why did it look like a Will Smith hollywood film?!?! HUH?! Is is cause he's BLACK!? You RACIST!!!!! >
    I'm guessing because it's full of explosions and over the top action that look really cool at the time, but has a plot full of holes you can't make sense of, even years after.
    audio475
    Why do people just live to complain on this site? there is always so much whining about the fact that there is to much news about this guy and that guy. here is an idea for people... if you are tired of news about certain people then dont reading the bloody article! so many idiots on this site.
    JAHellraiser
    Why did it look like a Will Smith hollywood film?!?! HUH?! Is is cause he's BLACK!? You RACIST!!!!! >
    HH_Emo_666
    I'm so sick of listening to this guy being on the news on UG all the time. I think he's on here more than Axl Rose and Slash put together. They should take away Slash's column and add a Mike Portnoy one. Anyways, how is that a coincidence. It's not like he was driving to New York and he suddenly didn't feel like going. He woke up and his wife showed him the news on tv..
    St Pedr0
    I think the coincidence is that at the time new york went up in flames, so was his career.
    Dream Theater's last album hit the Top 10 on the billboard 200, and they opened for Iron Maiden on their last tour. I consider that pretty successful.
    Eirien
    Obviously there's a lot of Dream Theater fans that come on the site and people have a lot of respect for Portnoy. However, a lot of the articles about him were completely unnecessary especially this one. But why bitch about it now? The last Portnoy article was 30 days ago. How many times has Metallica been in the news for pointless articles over the last few weeks?
    CaptainDan748
    I can see why people tire of the Dream Theater and Portnoy news, but I'm a huge fan so keep it coming ultimat-portnoy.com!!! Although Adrenaline Mob is quite lame...
    Dr Funkenstein
    HH_Emo_666 wrote: AnnihilationUK wrote: HH_Emo_666 wrote: I'm so sick of listening to this guy being on the news on UG all the time. I think he's on here more than Axl Rose and Slash put together. They should take away Slash's column and add a Mike Portnoy one. Anyways, how is that a coincidence. It's not like he was driving to New York and he suddenly didn't feel like going. He woke up and his wife showed him the news on tv.. I think the coincidence is that at the time new york went up in flames, so was his career. Yeah I understand the whole album cover thing. I'm surprised they were able to release is like that. lol at his career. But I'm just so sick of his shit on this site
    I think you'll find they did have to recall the first batch of albums so they could change the cover slightly.
    AnnihilationUK
    HH_Emo_666 wrote: AnnihilationUK wrote: HH_Emo_666 wrote: I'm so sick of listening to this guy being on the news on UG all the time. I think he's on here more than Axl Rose and Slash put together. They should take away Slash's column and add a Mike Portnoy one. Anyways, how is that a coincidence. It's not like he was driving to New York and he suddenly didn't feel like going. He woke up and his wife showed him the news on tv.. I think the coincidence is that at the time new york went up in flames, so was his career. Yeah I understand the whole album cover thing. I'm surprised they were able to release is like that. lol at his career. But I'm just so sick of his shit on this site
    Me too dude, Me too
    HH_Emo_666
    AnnihilationUK wrote: HH_Emo_666 wrote: I'm so sick of listening to this guy being on the news on UG all the time. I think he's on here more than Axl Rose and Slash put together. They should take away Slash's column and add a Mike Portnoy one. Anyways, how is that a coincidence. It's not like he was driving to New York and he suddenly didn't feel like going. He woke up and his wife showed him the news on tv.. I think the coincidence is that at the time new york went up in flames, so was his career.
    Yeah I understand the whole album cover thing. I'm surprised they were able to release is like that. lol at his career. But I'm just so sick of his shit on this site
    AnnihilationUK
    HH_Emo_666 wrote: I'm so sick of listening to this guy being on the news on UG all the time. I think he's on here more than Axl Rose and Slash put together. They should take away Slash's column and add a Mike Portnoy one. Anyways, how is that a coincidence. It's not like he was driving to New York and he suddenly didn't feel like going. He woke up and his wife showed him the news on tv..
    I think the coincidence is that at the time new york went up in flames, so was his career.
    Mik-E1989
    courageous93 wrote: >Read title, expecting something >That something wasn't delivered >>>Not even a coincidence >Realize site is Ultimate-Guitar >Read "Mike Portnoy" several times aloud >>>Drummer >Flip table >Abuse dog for the world's follies >Eat sandwich
    Hopefully it was your woman who made that sandwich!