Mike Portony Calls Dream Theater Grammy Nomination 'Heartbreaking'

Mike Portnoy has found Dream Theater's recent Grammy nomination a bit of a bitter pill to swallow on a personal level.

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Since his departure from Dream Theater in 2010, founding member Mike Portnoy has been very vocal about his difficult relationship with his former band mates. And, as Blabbermouth is reporting, the drummer has found the band's recent Grammy nomination a bit of a bitter pill to swallow on a personal level:

"It was a tough thing for me to see because I worked so hard for all those years to always fight to get the band mainstream acceptance and acknowledgment. We always did so well on our own for all those years - we kind of climbed the ladder on our own terms. We'd sell out Radio City Music Hall [in New York City] on our own terms. So we were doing things on our own terms and always hoping for, kind of, mainstream, commercial acceptance or acknowledgment. So to see it finally come a year after I left, it was heartbreaking for me on a personal level. On a professional level, I'm happy that it finally happened for the band. It was a long time coming; it should have happened many, many years ago. So, on one hand, it was, like, exciting that the band finally got recognized, but it was just kind of strange that it finally happened... the timing of it all - after all the hard work and blood, sweat and tears that I put in."

The first track from Portnoy's latest musical project Adrenaline Mob, titled "Hit The Wall", debuted on the Q104.3 radio station back in August of last year. The band is scheduled to release their first full length studio album, "Omert". On this coming Tuesday. Mike Portnoy's other musical project with Billy Sheehan, is currently in limbo after the departure of guitarist John Skyes. It has been announced, that Richie Kotzen is intended to take up guitar duties.

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    Glass Prisoner
    Do you have to document every word that comes out of Mike Portnoy's mouth? Does anyone really care, anymore?
    Amuro Jay
    I can understand that he's upset about all the recognition coming after he left, but honestly, he wanted to drum for Avenged Sevenfold .
    Sakke
    jetfuel495 wrote: I can understand that he's upset about all the recognition coming after he left, but honestly, he wanted to drum for Avenged Sevenfold.
    Enough said.
    MonsterOfRock
    So to see it finally come a year after I left, it was heartbreaking for me on a personal level. On a professional level, I'm happy that it finally happened for the band.
    So Portnoy has 'professionally' moved on, but 'emotionally' NOT? Seriously though, Mike really needs to stop sounding so down, its been a while now, just getting sad.
    Pagan_Poetry
    BuriedAlive7x wrote: I don't know about you guys, but this is kinda sad. Imagine if you were in his position, it would suck. So yeah show some respect for the guy.
    Nope. Selfishness and thinking you can weasel your way in and out at your own whim is his own fault. I respect him as a drummer, and yes it does suck and I feel a tiny bit sympathetic, but it's his own fault and no one elses. He did things the way he wanted to and not anyone else, so what did he expect?
    baneofmorgoth
    ...it's only a Grammy. I lost all hope in those awards when Skrillex won not one, but THREE.
    BuriedAlive7x
    I don't know about you guys, but this is kinda sad. Imagine if you were in his position, it would suck. So yeah show some respect for the guy.
    salildeshpande7
    'tough thing for me to see because I worked so hard for all those years to always fight to get the band mainstream acceptance and acknowledgment' he did work superhard to get DT noticed.. organising collaborations with other prog rockers - LTE, Neal Morse and his cover bands with Paul Gilbert apart from all the work he put in DT.. DT may also have crackes the mainstream because of all the media attention they got the last year or so
    pfinnegan
    Every time I see an article with Portnoy in the title, I grit my teeth. The question is always: Is he bitching about DT or crying about DT? I guess it's my own fault that I continually click the links...but I'm a DT fan, so I click and hope. This article is yet another sad one. It's getting tiresome. Portnoy was obviously not happy in DT at the time... and apparently everyone else was. So...it was HIS DECISION to leave. He constantly referenced other bands who've "taken a break," but that's just bull****. That is just Portnoy continually trying to mimic his idols (if you're a DT fan, you know he's done it with the lyrics and music as well). On one hand, I sympathize because I'm a fan, and when I play, I sound like an Adam Jones ripoff. But, my girlfriend is the only subject of my plagerism. Portnoy, on the other hand, always seemed to search for his identity by wanting to be what he was currently listening to. And then, A7X came along, and he got to fulfill his dream of drumming for a band that he loved to listen to. My armchair opinion is that it went to his head and he had a warped identity crisis. And his solution was similar to the school yard kid who "takes his ball and goes home." Only...it wasn't his ball, and because it had 4 other owners, he had to leave it behind. Now he wants back in, but you can't do that. It's similar to leaving a girl behind and then when she moves on you want her back because you're lonely. It never works. I don't dislike the guy. I just wish he would move on. He's a jilted lover, and it's been well over a year. Truthfully, his new stuff doesn't sound as good as DT (with all due respect to Russell Allen). I think he knows it and what he thought was a "fresh start" has turned into stale music.
    cptcomet
    What?.. Mike Portnoy is Evolving... Congratulations, your Mike Portnoy evolved into a Mike Portony!
    JohnnyApplecore
    Villearreal92 wrote: Dream Theater is Him, Petrucci, and John Myung's band, so it's only right that he be sad about them getting recognition after he's been booted.
    He wasn't booted. He left the band of his own accord in a childish fit suitable of a diva. Since then, he's only made it apparent that he made a bad decision and complains about not being welcomed back with open arms. Albeit, YES, he has some right to feel sad about the nomination - he's the one that wanted Dream Theater to take a hiatus, and the one that left the band in a dramatic uproar when he didn't get his way. The only reason he's sad now is because he doesn't get to revel in the achievement because he jumped ship too soon. He's an amazing musician, but has made some truly ridiculous decisions in the past couple of years. Had he actually talked over his terms of departure and made it apparent that he intended to rejoin the band - as opposed to publicly announcing that he quit before even telling the band itself - I might feel for his position more. But alas, he's made his bed and has to lay in it.
    MegadethFan18
    When Dave Lombardo left Slayer and was replaced by Tony Scaglione, when he wanted to come back they let him and Jeff said, Tony's a great Drummer but Dave's family. So Portnoy and DT obviously weren't on good terms. I think Mike Mangini is a douche, he was talking about his writing style and how he was glad DT had already written the album. So I try to find some songs Mangini had written for bands he had been in and guess what, there weren't any.
    HARTATTACK69
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    Your roomates aunt is a *****
    Epiklesis
    You don't have to be a grammy nominate to be reconize. Dream Theater are legendary for many many years now.
    Maestro1600
    KingEuphoric wrote: He is no longer in Dream Theater and therefore what he has to say about Dream Theater is irrelevant...
    You have never been Mike Portnoy and therefore what you have to say about Mike Portnoy is irrelevant...
    mjones1992
    lol the irony. I firmly believe part of the reason they've come into the public eye over the last year was because of his departure and the big fuss that was made about it. So in the end he did succeed in getting DT mainstream attention.
    Revocati0n
    People are liike "get over it already Portnoy, its been ages" Well, he was with DT since 1985....sooooo one could expect him to be a little attached.
    lVlaniac
    On one side i congratulate Dream for their nomination but on the other side im relieved they didnt win. Honestly the latest album is far weaker than previous Dream Theater albums, i do hope they continue to evolve with their next album and i know Portnoy will do great with Flying Colors (not so much with Adrenaline Mob). That aside, its a ****ing Grammy. It has the recognition and importance of a potato. It doesnt celebrate good music they just pump up sales.
    ChucklesMginty
    Mike was invited to join Avenged Sevenfold after being told their drummer who had died was a massive fan of his and they just needed someone to finish the album and do a tour, not join the band. If he hadn't done it, everyone would have slammed him and said he was too high and mighty or some bullshit.
    RichieJovie
    Mike Portnoy is trying to be the new Courtney Love. He needs to go have sex with a dead dog or whatever she did last..
    Gabriel75
    Well....it is, what it is Mike!! Remember you walked out on them, cause you wanted to try something different. Suck it up buddy.....
    BlowByBlow
    I thought he came off as sympathetic, that would suck to see your old band finally nominated after you left. I thought he did a good job expressing the pickle he's in
    Countsluggo
    Mike Portnoy, I love you. One of the greatest drummers ever. Now, Shut the **** up!! We all know its heartbreaking, you didnt really wanna quit, blah blah blah. I feel bad for you. You really don't have to be so vocal about everything. Stop pulling a Mustaine. Just say congratulations and continue kicking ass in your endeavors.
    Villearreal92
    Dream Theater is Him, Petrucci, and John Myung's band, so it's only right that he be sad about them getting recognition after he's been booted.
    slaveskinJACKET
    CoreysMonster wrote: Saw DT a couple of weeks ago, and maaaan is their new stuff weak. I mean, REALLY weak. It all sounds exactly the same, to the point where I find it ridiculous to even classify DT as a "progressive" band anymore.
    So.... typical Dream Theater, then, except a little less proggy?
    iommi600
    jetfuel495 wrote: I can understand that he's upset about all the recognition coming after he left, but honestly, he wanted to drum for Avenged Sevenfold.
    He wanted? I always thought that Avenged Sevenfold invited him. Now I really believe this was the worst mistake he ever made in his entire life...
    rgt42dx
    Really guys, is it really THAT hard to understand why the band he worked so ****ing hard for for ****ing 25 years would get to him on a personal level. What is that? 25 FUCKING YEARS, some of you haven't even lived that long. At this point, obviously we all care less for Mike's drama with Dream Theater, but yeah go ahead and call him names for feeling a little down after all that. Show us how legitimate you think you are in understanding what it feels like to be in his position. Tell us about how accomplished you all are in your lives to be criticizing him at this level of disrespect. Show some class.
    .:!j.man!:.
    Lol guys what are you complaining about? I know for a fact you can see where he is coming from and I know for a fact 99% of us in the same position would say the same thing... What the hell! lol...
    crazysam23_Atax
    CoreysMonster wrote: Saw DT a couple of weeks ago, and maaaan is their new stuff weak. I mean, REALLY weak. It all sounds exactly the same, to the point where I find it ridiculous to even classify DT as a "progressive" band anymore.
    Really not sure you and I were listening to the same album.../facepalm
    Spud Spudly
    The saddest part is that he's getting bent out of shape over a Grammy nomination. Who the hell cares?
    Lightning_Ray
    CoreysMonster wrote: Saw DT a couple of weeks ago, and maaaan is their new stuff weak. I mean, REALLY weak. It all sounds exactly the same, to the point where I find it ridiculous to even classify DT as a "progressive" band anymore.
    I have to disagree with you on this one. I saw DT in February's last Sunday and they did one hell of a show. I already knew that Mangini, Petrucci and Myung would be precision machines, but I was positively surprised with LaBrie's voice, it works much better on a live context and the guy's in an awesome shape! I agree that their last album is not even close of being one of their strongest, but some songs work nicely when played live. For example, Bridges In The Sky and Build Me Up, Break Me Down gain a completely different hook to it. "Now, for something completely different...!" Portnoy's cleary sorry for his apparent bad decision. It's debatable, but to me this guy was the band's leader and spirit. Anything he says about the band he formed back in '85, I'll listen or read with attention. It's tough when you've been with a group for so many years and leave just to discover you made one of the worst decisions of your life... Of course the guy's still going to talk about the band anytime he gets a chance to.
    lVlaniac
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Title says Mike PORTONY.
    Its the cheap couterpart of Portnoy. Like Steven Spielbergo is the couterpart of Spielberg on The Simpsons.
    crackerface
    if it was your decision to leave the band then move the **** on, enough of this b's cause the smell never goes away no matter how much you breathe it in
    kaptkegan
    On the other hand, this is probably the most legitimate thing to come out of his mouth and to be then posted on this site.
    bjl1140
    iommi600 wrote: jetfuel495 wrote: I can understand that he's upset about all the recognition coming after he left, but honestly, he wanted to drum for Avenged Sevenfold. He wanted? I always thought that Avenged Sevenfold invited him. Now I really believe this was the worst mistake he ever made in his entire life...
    He was invited to play in A7X. When their drummer died, they asked MP to take over because he was the guys idol. For all you people bad-mouthing Mike out there, SHUT UP!!The man put his life into DT and they had their lawyer kick him to the curb. All he did was ask for a hiatus. It's not his fault that the other members wanted to be d***bags. I'm with Mike all the way. There were plenty of DT songs from when he was with them that deserved a Grammy (for what they're worth). I agree with what he said about how they should have gotten one of those years ago. Mike has every reason to be upset about it.
    Riser
    and this is why you dont leave dream theater because you think a mainstream band wants you as their permanent replacement drummer, just to find out they dont want you