Mike Portnoy Rips Fan for Showing Up to Signing With Mangini-Era Dream Theater T-Shirt

"Really?! Couldn't find a DT shirt from 1985-2010?" the drummer asks, shares additional explanation afterwards.

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Showing up for for a Mike Portnoy meet-and-greet wearing a Mike Mangini-era Dream Theater t-shirt might seem like a bit of a careless thing to do, and that's exactly what a certain fan did last Saturday (July 26).

Seeing that this info made the news, it's apparent that Portnoy issued a somewhat steaming reaction about it, sharing the following post about the Winery Dogs in-store signing in New York:

"Somebody came to my signing today wearing a 'Dramatic Turn of Events' shirt... Really?! Couldn't find a DT shirt from 1985-2010? Please try to use some sensibility/sensitivity when choosing a shirt for an MP event."

Adding in a separate status, which was subsequently deleted along with the first post, Mike noted, "Sad I can't post anything on my own FB and Twitter without getting everyone jumping down my throat. Seems everyone's allowed an opinion but me."

Finally, Portnoy shared a more detailed explanation, bashing media about sensationalizing his initial comment.

"Once again everyone's got their panties in a bundle and have taken a post of mine and turned it into sensationalized 'news' ... ugh! Look ... it's as simple as this: do what you want, say what you want, listen to what you want, wear whatever shirt you want ... it's a free world! All I'm saying is remember there are human beings on the other side of your words and actions!

"I'm into peace, love and understanding ... live and let live ... sometimes we all get emotional, I am totally guilty of that, no question! I am a passionate person ... But I have no ill intent towards anybody and have no anger or resentments, so please don't attack me as if I do ... Can't we all get along? Haha ... Lighten up, live and love!" the drummer concluded with a smiley face.

As shown in the embedded post below, Mike responded to a few fan comments, showing most affection towards a Jack Nicholson photo, which really describes the situation at least somewhat accurately.

To round it up with some actual music news, the Winery Dogs have confirmed being set to hit the studio in the near future. As reported, the new record should be out sometime during next year. More info here.

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    Chill dude, it's a t-shirt.
    He got the idea that they couldn't find a shirt from his era rather than it being some sort of prank haha
    I wonder if Dave Mustaine cries like a little whinery dog every time he sees someone in a 'tallica shirt?
    When I saw Megadeth on the Endgame tour, a guy next to me up front was wearing a Metallica shirt and Dave didn't acknowledge it, so at least publically he's not that bothered.
    I remember the death stare one guy got at a megadeth meet and greet when he showed up wearing a Metallica shirt, but Mustaine never freaked and went to social media... AND THAT WAS MUSTAINE!
    Oh my f*cking god, what a crybaby! "seems everyone's allowed an opinion but me" Wow... said like a true High School girl. It's like asking for a dresscode for a concert which forbids the wearing of t-shirts featuring your ex-guitar player. I mean, who would do tha-oooohhhh...
    Shut the **** up, you're not allowed an opinion either. No one is. Didn't you hear the man?
    What if he just knew about the meet and greet that same day... or he forgot his T-Shirt from 85 - 10 and just bought the first one he could find? Come on, is just a damn shirt!
    "Sad I can't post anything on my own FB and Twitter without getting everyone jumping down my throat. Seems everyone's allowed an opinion but me." I HATE when people say this. So childish.
    It's also quite stupid to say, seeing as people are expressing their OPINIONS in response to your OPINION. So. Yeah. Way to go, Portnoy.
    His sentiments would at least be justified if he was fired from the band but dude, come the **** on, you quit out of your own free will.
    Portnoy is a great drummer and generally a nice guy, but he definitely has a douchey side. I've copped it once on his Facebook account for commenting 'You never sing sitting down...unless you're a drummer' on a studio photo, and I've seen it elsewhere too.
    Maybe, like myself, the kid just did not give two s--ts what shirt he was wearing that day.....
    How bout actually telling the guy who 'hurt your feelings' to his face when he was in your presence rather than posting it up online later on? It's stuff like this that makes Mike Portnoy come across as a real whiny bitch, especially the part about everyone being allowed an opinion but him just cause everyone thought he was talking a load of rubbish
    What if he just knew about the meet and greet that same day... or he forgot his T-Shirt from 85 - 10 and just bought the first one he could find? Come on, is just a damn shirt!
    "Please try to use some sensibility/sensitivity when choosing a shirt for an MP event" So he's referring to himself in the third person now? Idiot!
    Also, a Winery Dogs meet and greet is "an MP event"? Get over yourself, *******. The other guys in the band are also immensely talented. It's a Winery Dogs Event. Dude seriously needs to get his ego in check.
    It's like everyone didn't read the second half of the article... Having said that, the Jack Nicholson photo is pretty close although the circumstances surrounding it are a bit different. Over-reaction from MP but the guy wearing the t-shirt... Really? I can see how MP took it as a slap in the face, especially at a Whinery Dogs meet and greet. Why didn't he just wear a different t-shirt?
    Because he shouldn't have to think about what shirt he's wearing, and whether or not it's going to offend the celebrity in the room. There's no other way around this. The fact that Portnoy even said anything about it just shows that he's still incredibly butthurt and bitter over Dream Theater, and is also a petty narcissistic person. Probably why the guys in Dream Theater don't miss him.
    There are plenty of ways around it. Stop making out the whole "I can whatever I want, if you don't like it then F--k off" thing. That's what teens and kids do. If you've spent a good portion of your life dedicated to a band/work and are no longer a part of it and you're doing a meet and greet with your new band, do you really expect someone to come up to you wearing something associated with what your previous band has done with your replacement? The guy could've just worn a plain T or a DT top from when MP was involved. But heaven forbid the guy has feelings and an opinion right? I'm sure Axl Rose wouldn't have a problem signing an album from a fan wearing a T-shirt from one of Slash's solo albums.
    Media needs to stop focusing on this guys bad days. Or at least that's how it feels to me. I don't know if he has a massive ego or not so just downvote me like **** if he does and I'm wrong lol.
    Remember the days when Portnoy would have slammed the kid, rather than rip him? Ah, nostalgia...
    So am I not allowed to turn up to a blink-182 show wearing a Dude Ranch shirt? This is ridiculous.
    Not sure there will be any more Blink-182 shows, now that the drummer has entered politics.
    "Finally, Portnoy shared a more detailed explanation, bashing media about sensationalizing his initial comment" This article proved his point.
    Irwin Navarro
    Can we really blame Portnoy for reacting the way he did? I mean truth be told, the fan wearing the ADTOE shirt should have known better. It's like going to "the hood" while wearing a KKK costume.. Sheesh
    That's a bit extreme... I mean DT is still the band he's best known for. Is "the hood" known for all of it's former KKK members?
    Is it "terrible comparisons" day on UG or something?
    Yes, it is "Crazy Comparisons" day. Tomorrow is "Stupid Similes". Wednesday is "Mistaken Metaphors". I think there's a monthly schedule available somewhere...
    Hyperbole much? Jesus tapdancing Christ. The fan should have known better? Fuck you. Fans can wear whatever the **** they want. Portnoy should have known better than to make a big deal out of it. Have some ****ing humility and dignity, you ****ing douchebag.
    I wonder what would happen if somebody shows with an Avenged Sevenfold shit that's not from the Nightmare era.
    I went to an Avenged Sevenfold signing once with their first album, which I realised only then when I got there that the bassist and lead guitarist didn't feature on. Bassist gave me a dirty look and Syn didn't bother looking up at me. Only album I had at the time though. Few years later, I go to a Lostprophets signing with their then-new drummer and he has no problem signing any album that wasn't the one he featured on, and the signing was mostly catering for the new album. F**k those saps who get pissed off at this kind of minor thing
    I get where he's coming from. Imagine you and your wife divorced and then when it was your weekend your son wore a watch you were going to give him but his new step-dad gave it to him because you couldn't afford it at the time and then when you go and tell him that it hurts your feelings he turkey slaps you in the face and kicks you in the balls.
    Not even close, poor comparison. The guy was still wearing a Dream Theatre t-shirt, so at the very least this fan acknowledged Mike Portnoy's history with the band. Not to mention the situation you've provided is pretty damn ludicrous.
    Still a bitter sweet acknowledgement
    Hardly the point, I can just imagine this fan reading these posts thinking "Oh... that was the only DT shirt I actually owned, I didn't mean to offend, it seemed appropriate" No, you can't defend this, Mike was a straight up a-hole about this.
    So.... drummer quitting band and not liking fan's shirt = couple divorcing and wife re-marrying and father not liking that step-dad gave son watch dad couldn't afford? This math is obviously over my head.
    God dammit Portnoy, quit being such a butthurt little bitch about Dream Theater. I'm really trying hard to continuing respecting you, but damn.
    MP's post-DT career sucks, period. He should be happy anyone is showing up at all, let alone wearing a t-shirt that hurts his precious feelings!
    Him and king buzzo should get together, all they ever do is whine and bitch and complain
    What if it was his only dream theatre shirt? I only have a ride the lighting poster but I'm pretty sure rob would still sign it there with the band