Mike Portnoy Regrets Public Split With Dream Theater

Ex-Dream Theater drummer wishes band breakdown had happened in private but he insists: "I'm happy as I've ever been".

Mike Portnoy Regrets Public Split With Dream Theater
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Mike Portnoy regrets his split with Dream Theater went sour in public, but says despite all the negative headlines he's as happy as he's ever been. The drummer likens last year's breakdown in relations with the band he helped form as similar to getting divorced in public, and insists he'd rather it hadn't happened that way. Portnoy says: "It kind of sucks. It was like getting a divorce on nation TV. Everything I said would be misinterpreted or taken the wrong way. A lot of people will take a little snippet from an interview then use it in a way that shows me complaining, or upset, or pessimistic." "That's not the case I'm a very happy person. I'm happier than ever." "But my intention was never to go public with it. I wanted to have a quiet little personal situation happen. But it is what it is." Portnoy announced his decision to leave Dream Theater while he was on tour with Avenged Sevenfold, replacing their drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who'd died suddenly in 2009. He said he wanted to take a break from his main project but his bandmates didn't want to stop. After exchanging press statements with Dream Theater singer James LaBrie, Portnoy revealed he'd asked to rejoin the band, but been refused. Several months on the band are poised to name their new drummer, after drawing the announcement out over a series of publicity presentations. Portnoy has moved on too, and describes himself as a divorcee enjoying his new-found freedom. "I'm sowing my musical oats", he says. "I'm like a guy who's become a bachelor after being married for 25 years. I'm making a lot of different music with a lot of different people and just enjoying myself." "I'll continue to put my heart, should, blood, sweat and tera into anything I do, and give 200 percent to the fans. I'm very excited about my future and I'm very appreciative of the fans who have supported me all these years and especially in the transitions of the past six months." Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    Blucore
    [quote"I'll continue to put my heart, should, blood, sweat and tera into anything I do][/quote] whoever wrote this is horrible at spelling or doesn't know how to look over their writing. Aside from that, I'm happy Mike is not sour on this whole situation. Glad he's happy. Gonna miss him, but excited to see what Dream Theater can come up with with him gone.
    hairy-southpaw
    Portnoy is a VERY replaceable drummer. I've never heard him play something and thought "Wow, how'd he do that?" He is extremely overrated by teenagers who don't understand what a true expert drummer is.
    Second Rate
    Ibanezbass4life wrote: Tjet612 wrote: Im an A7X fan they are my favorite band. But ive listened to DT a little longer. I love that Portnoy was the drummer for nightmare because he was the rev's idol. However in the beginnig A7X clearly stated that Portnoy would not be the full time drummer. He screwed himself over. The way it looked like it was setup in the beginning it seemed like Portnoy would able to go back to DT after the UPROAR tour and the small one after it. A great drummer but he's turning into a great big douchebag. LaBrie had every right to tell him no, im glad he did. nahhh, I don't think LaBrie had any bit of a right to do that, mike portnoy was the founding member of Dream Theater, after all. I think Dream Theater are probably going to start selling out now...
    First of all..... "founding member" does not mean irreplaceable. Second, i think Dream Theater were more in danger of "selling out" with Portnoy. After all, Portnoy is the one that kept pushing them in the bland pseudo-metal direction. This first Portnoy-less album will probably be their best since Scenes From a Memory. Now if only they would hire Kevin Moore to write them some decent lyrics.
    c21vin
    Das_Skittles wrote: After watching all the tapes, I really wish they had gone with Marco.
    +1
    stndrdprcdre
    This guy got what he deserved. He wanted to hang out backstage with 19 year old pu**y and act like a rockstar. I'm glad that emo metal band kicked him out. He should have known better. He's been around long enough to know the shelf life of certain bands.
    sc247
    pol315 wrote: "Everything I said would be misinterpreted or taken the wrong way. A lot of people will take a little snippet from an interview then use it in a way that shows me complaining, or upset, or pessimistic." EXAMPLE : Ultimate Guitars extremely misleading attention grabbing headlines! >
    Pretty much, including this one.....
    herryC
    I don't really care about these stuffs. What's done is done. I'd better look forward to see the DT new chapter with Mike Mangini.
    Lh0o
    Owell, I like the new Mike I hope they'll come with another Train of thought. I'm quite sad he left, but tbh, I think Petrucci is the pillar of DT.
    kerguitar08
    MetallAndy wrote: Portnoy asked for 6 months break an it took 7 months to find Mangini
    They've been keeping Mangini under wraps for the majority of that time.
    theflyingapple
    MetallAndy wrote: Portnoy asked for 6 months break an it took 7 months to find Mangini
    portnoy asked for 5 years
    Ibanezbass4life
    Tjet612 wrote: Im an A7X fan they are my favorite band. But ive listened to DT a little longer. I love that Portnoy was the drummer for nightmare because he was the rev's idol. However in the beginnig A7X clearly stated that Portnoy would not be the full time drummer. He screwed himself over. The way it looked like it was setup in the beginning it seemed like Portnoy would able to go back to DT after the UPROAR tour and the small one after it. A great drummer but he's turning into a great big douchebag. LaBrie had every right to tell him no, im glad he did.
    nahhh, I don't think LaBrie had any bit of a right to do that, mike portnoy was the founding member of Dream Theater, after all. I think Dream Theater are probably going to start selling out now...
    Tjet612
    Im an A7X fan they are my favorite band. But ive listened to DT a little longer. I love that Portnoy was the drummer for nightmare because he was the rev's idol. However in the beginnig A7X clearly stated that Portnoy would not be the full time drummer. He screwed himself over. The way it looked like it was setup in the beginning it seemed like Portnoy would able to go back to DT after the UPROAR tour and the small one after it. A great drummer but he's turning into a great big douchebag. LaBrie had every right to tell him no, im glad he did.
    scawti
    The more Portnoy opens his mouth in the press, the worse he looks. I also heard that he thought he could walk in a pretty much run everything in A7X like he did in DT, which is why they gave him the boot so suddenly. DT comments - even Labrie's - haven't been confrontational. Labrie says that they aren't sad anymore about Portnoy leaving, and he throws a fit.
    leephan
    opusthecat wrote: "Happier now than I've ever been"??? Please...that's classic divorcee language. They like to put on a front that they're out banging every hot 18 year old but the truth is they feel lost and empty inside. Portnoy basically got handed his own medicine and only has himself to blame for his public mouth. If he had STFU and been mature about it, he probably would be back in DT.
    Actually, he pretty much is "bangin a bunch of 18 year olds", and he does seem quite happy.
    kunkushin
    AidanTDR wrote: Silly Mike Portnoy, you can't give more than 100%.
    true, but to his credit he can play some beats that two decent drummers giving 100% might have a hard time with.
    opusthecat
    "Happier now than I've ever been"??? Please...that's classic divorcee language. They like to put on a front that they're out banging every hot 18 year old but the truth is they feel lost and empty inside. Portnoy basically got handed his own medicine and only has himself to blame for his public mouth. If he had STFU and been mature about it, he probably would be back in DT.
    BrianDeuel
    I said it would be Mangini before they put together their little reality show. I'm glad I guessed right...
    Zoso1994
    New drummer had already been announced. Mike Mangini will fit the role quite well I think.
    leephan
    hairy-southpaw wrote: Portnoy is a VERY replaceable drummer. I've never heard him play something and thought "Wow, how'd he do that?" He is extremely overrated by teenagers who don't understand what a true expert drummer is.
    We're not talking about technicality. We're talking about the unique parts that he writes, as well as the roles he took outside of the music.
    opusthecat
    leephan wrote: Actually, he pretty much is "bangin a bunch of 18 year olds", and he does seem quite happy.
    HA Pleassssse...Portnoy fanboi much? I can count on one hand how many female DT fans there are in the world. Besides, I thought he was married anyway.
    majesty
    MetallAndy wrote: Portnoy asked for 6 months break an it took 7 months to find Mangini
    It was a 5 year break. And Mangini has been in the band since about November.
    Chronologo
    remeber US trend of making reality shows, so his split with DT couldn't be in private, so we got those 3 videos, that last about 20 min each, we got 1 hour of show with half of it being just drama show BS.
    davee!
    You're a good drummer. Man up and stop complaining about how things turned out... Jeez. Reading about all his band drama depresses me. I do wish him well though, he seems cool.
    flanders_91
    Nice to see he isn't cussing out Dream Theater or anything like that. Hope he really enjoys his free-time
    emphaticleech
    emphaticleech wrote: Anjohl wrote: Portnoy came off as a jerk in this example, but after discovering Liquid Tension Experiment, his side project with Tony Levins and others, I have to say I daresay most of what I like about DT (Which is not much) comes from Mike. So, let's see what they do without him. Why couldn't they have kicked LaBrieCheese out instead of Mike? You realize LTE is DT just without LaBrie or Myung, right?
    I guess the point I'm trying to make is the fact that Petrucci, like in Dream Theater, is the main writer behind Liquid Tension Experiment.
    emphaticleech
    Anjohl wrote: Portnoy came off as a jerk in this example, but after discovering Liquid Tension Experiment, his side project with Tony Levins and others, I have to say I daresay most of what I like about DT (Which is not much) comes from Mike. So, let's see what they do without him. Why couldn't they have kicked LaBrieCheese out instead of Mike?
    You realize LTE is DT just without LaBrie or Myung, right?
    PowerStruggle
    MetallAndy wrote: Portnoy asked for 6 months break an it took 7 months to find Mangini
    He asked for 5 years. And they got Mangini in a couple of months.
    Anjohl
    Portnoy came off as a jerk in this example, but after discovering Liquid Tension Experiment, his side project with Tony Levins and others, I have to say I daresay most of what I like about DT (Which is not much) comes from Mike. So, let's see what they do without him. Why couldn't they have kicked LaBrieCheese out instead of Mike?
    bitchfist
    johnyguitar wrote: Thank god drummers come a dime a dozen.....
    wow i should smack you in the face, and i'm not even a dream theater fan or a portnoy fan
    Clabbe
    I understand if he's regretting it, but why do you have to go to the media with it?
    tgray747
    Sadly, in Mike's mind, he never imagined DT could go on without him. He felt he was irreplacable not just with the drumming but all the other things he did legititimately do, but there are alternatives and Mike has sadly found out he is not as valuable to the bad as he thought. I love Mike but he talks to much and thinks way too much of himself. I have to side with DT on this, he leaves then wants to come back after saying how refreshing it was working with other musicians and allthat stuff he said. Its like leaving your wife for another woman and telling her she is fat and ugly then when the other woman leaves you, you crawl back to your wife and try to tell her she is not really that fat and ugly. Leaves a real bad taste in your mouth. Besides, the musical ideas mostly come from Petrucci, Rudess, and Myung so whoever the drummer is it will sound like Dt and be badass. I am a big Portnoy fan but he talks to damn much. He can really get annoying.
    korn_dawg
    Dream Floyd wrote: Well yeah he regrets it : it's the worst decision he ever made.
    He never says he regrets splitting; he just wishes he told you less about it
    tgray747
    lancerox777 wrote: ...whats wrong with the guy wanting to take a 6 month to a year break after 25 years non-stop of the band he helped to found? if his idea of a break and rest was record & tour with side projects thats his choice,I would say he has MORE than earned it as much as he has done and as busy as he always was filming & doing much of the A&R stuff for DT. He should be in DT WAY B4 LaBrie,LaBrie is the most replaceable member of the band in my eyes & NOT a founding member might I add
    It was a 5 year break! Can we stop throwing out this 6 month number already? Even if your not a math major, it is a big difference.
    marco136669
    jonnern92 wrote: do you know mike has joined Dimmu Borgir??
    dont know if its true but i also heard about it and read about it in couple of places as well..
    Pingis_Or_Death
    qbnunez8 wrote: Reading this was like reading my 11 year old brothers essays, every other word was misspelled and the grammer was atrocious.
    You mean gramma r? Oh the irony.
    emphaticleech
    sarcasm6391 wrote: there was like, 5 typos in this interview, UG gets some people peeps on this.
    Ironically, there are 5 typos in this post. Not including "peeps".
    sarcasm6391
    sarcasm6391 wrote: there was like, 5 typos in this interview, UG gets some people peeps on this.
    Better* peeps. I really cant believe i just did that haha
    emphaticleech
    Second Rate wrote: Ibanezbass4life wrote: Tjet612 wrote: Im an A7X fan they are my favorite band. But ive listened to DT a little longer. I love that Portnoy was the drummer for nightmare because he was the rev's idol. However in the beginnig A7X clearly stated that Portnoy would not be the full time drummer. He screwed himself over. The way it looked like it was setup in the beginning it seemed like Portnoy would able to go back to DT after the UPROAR tour and the small one after it. A great drummer but he's turning into a great big douchebag. LaBrie had every right to tell him no, im glad he did. nahhh, I don't think LaBrie had any bit of a right to do that, mike portnoy was the founding member of Dream Theater, after all. I think Dream Theater are probably going to start selling out now... First of all..... "founding member" does not mean irreplaceable. Second, i think Dream Theater were more in danger of "selling out" with Portnoy. After all, Portnoy is the one that kept pushing them in the bland pseudo-metal direction. This first Portnoy-less album will probably be their best since Scenes From a Memory. Now if only they would hire Kevin Moore to write them some decent lyrics.
    Exactly. Think of it. Brian Jones? He was a founder of the Rolling Stones. You don't hear people complaining they went on without him. Portnoy's musical direction got so boring and repetitive. I honestly haven't enjoyed anything since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.. and that was pushing it. We need another Awake.