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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    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.....
    lVlaniac
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Title says Mike PORTONY.
    Its the cheap couterpart of Portnoy. Like Steven Spielbergo is the couterpart of Spielberg on The Simpsons.
    hudsonstradlin
    I feel really bad for him. Kind of like when your best friend randomly goes up to the girl he's in love with in front of a whole group of people, asks her out and gets shut down. I feel embarrassed on his behalf, and kinda just want to usher him away quietly and tell him to move on.
    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.
    MegadethFan18
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Down votes on Paul Bostaph? Hahaha! Yes cuz Gemini isn't the most difficult Slayer song on drums.
    It's a thumb downed because it's irrelevant. You might as well have posted what you had for lunch, it would have been the same on the relevance scale.
    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.
    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...
    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
    Wolfscar
    He seems like a big baby especially when he thinks the grammy means worth something.
    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
    PeenieMcGee303
    Down votes on Paul Bostaph? Hahaha! Yes cuz Gemini isn't the most difficult Slayer song on drums.
    guitarsolo_17
    would they have been nominated for a grammy without all the press the split gave them? Not a chance.
    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.
    KingEuphoric
    He is no longer in Dream Theater and therefore what he has to say about Dream Theater is irrelevant...
    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.
    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.
    HARTATTACK69
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    DaniArrow
    lol... he decides to leave and then can't shut up about dream theater. go stand in the corner and cry.
    Irwin Navarro
    I know this is too late and I'm not trying to be Portnoy's lawyer or anything but why hate Portnoy in any of this. This all started in 2010 when Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died. SO lets analyze here shall we. 1) Rev died so A7X asked Portnoy to play with them - I assume most DT fans saw this as a "downgrade" to Portnoy's career simply because A7X cant/wont play like DT. Rememeber that MP was Rev's fave drummer and he simpy was honoring the dead. Imagine if Portnoy said "no" to A7X's offer. Portnoy would look like an arrogant ass because it would look like he is looking down on A7X. I think the whole A7X-MP thing shows how much of an honorable and humble man Portnoy is. 2) Mike Portnoy leaving DT - MP NEVER wanted to leave DT but he didnt really have a choice. He wanted a break but the other guys wont let him so he left. Most DT fans are pointing fingers to A7X. I assume Portnoy's original plan was to put DT on break, play with A7X a little longer than planned, and then go back to DT. I really couldnt blame Portnoy for having te desire to play with A7X a little longer. I mean c'mon. Its A7X. The fame, girls, money. Who couldn t say no to that. Think of it this way. Lets say Mangini will be DT's drummer for the next 25 years. Then after those 25 years, an A7X-ish type of band, I dunno maybe say Disturbed as Mangini to do an album with them and do some tours. Dont you think that Mangini would somehow want to stay longer with Disturbed and take a break from DT for awhile?... 3) Portnoy wanting to go back to DT - He did it for his fans. The fans keep on posting "go back to DT" so he tried it and failed. If Portnoy did t for himself, yes its kind of a dick move. But Portnoy did it for thousands of people who support him. Nothing wrong with that. 4) Portnoy stating that he misses being in DT - he NEVER wanted to leave in the first place. He just wanted a break. But then again, he never really had a choice. ... As of now Portnoy has now 2 rocking projects already.Flying Colors and A-Mob. )
    LazyLatinoRocke
    I can see how it he's hurt though. A band is like a relationship and to put that many years into it to leave because he had no choice can be devastating. It's like breaking up with the love of your life and then seeing her the most happy she's ever been with someone else.
    Rokeman
    ^Well spotted! Anyone else find it funny that the first comment has someone saying no-one cares about him, but their username comes from a song that Mike wrote?
    filipe26
    Also no one deserves to be in a band with John Myung in it...That guy is the one who must be and arse (and Portnoy only spoke well of him publicly).
    filipe26
    So he made a mistake? Big deal...Stone Temple Pilots broke up cause Weiland left them and now they're back. Real friends and real brothers forgive. Pussies don't.
    filipe26
    Also the grammies...I get a little bit happy they are nominated, in the name of the old me, who godded them. But fact is this doesn't matter to great bands, or do anyone feel more special cause Metallica or Slayer won a grammy? Great bands let the music speak for itself, and DT hasn't been that much of a band since Octavarium.
    Insanity 101
    Im not a big Dream Theater fan, though I do respect this guy as a musician and what not, and I myself am also gettin a bit tired of seeing Portnoys face everytime I look at UG, but I gotta admit that I feel a bit sorry for him. Only because I could imagine myself in his position, and missing a grammy nomination by a yearish would suck.
    filipe26
    DaniArrow wrote: lol... he decides to leave and then can't shut up about dream theater. go stand in the corner and cry.
    I don't think he has any reason to cry...Dream Theater had it's prime, and it already died two records ago, after Octavarium. It seems to me all the guys in DT, exept Portnoy, like things pretty simple, with no innovation whatsoever. Therefore they'll maintain that fan base, while Portnoy, if successful will keep innovating with things like Flying Colors. Fact is this was doomed to happen, if not relationship-wise at least musically-wise.
    filipe26
    BTW, Jordan Ruddess admitted to ME in You Tube that he's bipolar, so he must be very similar to MP personality-wise.
    lVlaniac
    GenerationKILL wrote: Does anyone really care about Mike Portnoy? Does anyone really care about Dream Theatre?
    yes and yes. Looking forward to the Flying Colors upcoming album and any new album Dream Theater has to offer.
    filipe26
    BTW, Tool rules more than DT to me nowadays. That Maynard guys really puts you on perspective on how reality and life really works. No one in DT nowadays nor no one who criticizes MP has his balls. Him being gay or not.
    filipe26
    He made a bad decision, so what? No one here has any morale to talk about him, as none of us have any of his accomplishments on music. By the way, i dare for the person who hasn't been humiliated at least once in life to throw the first stone. We all make mistakes, and forgiveness is divine. Petrucci is not a Christian after all i guess.
    Ghost_Dancer
    Dear Mike Portnoy, Nobody feels sorry for you anymore. You've played this whole thing out like a jealous 13 year old girl. Will please shut the **** up and move on with your career? Thanks.
    swave75
    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.
    It would be a hard thing to take given his years in the band. It would be like playing for a baseball who win the World Series AFTER you signed with another team.
    Maiden95
    lVlaniac wrote: 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.
    sure the Grammys may be a joke now and not seem so important but think if you got a nomination and an invite. As a musician i don't give a shit what anyone says, that has to be a special field
    Glass Prisoner
    Do you have to document every word that comes out of Mike Portnoy's mouth? Does anyone really care, anymore?
    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.
    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..
    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.
    cptcomet
    What?.. Mike Portnoy is Evolving... Congratulations, your Mike Portnoy evolved into a Mike Portony!
    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...