Portnoy: I Literally Ate, Breathed And Shat Dream Theater For 25 Years

Joe Daly of The Nervous Breakdown recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold).

Portnoy: I Literally Ate, Breathed And Shat Dream Theater For 25 Years
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Joe Daly of The Nervous Breakdown recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold). A couple of Blabbermouth.net excerpts from the chat follow below. The Nervous Breakdown: Adrenaline Mob started the year off with a big personnel change, bringing on Disturbed bassist John Moyer. I know that you actually reached out to him. What about his style made him your choice? Portnoy: Well, I knew John from when Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold toured together on the Uproar tour a couple summers ago, so John and I had spent a lot of time together. I knew that he was a super cool, down-to-earth guy, so I knew he'd fit in personally and stylistically, and with all of his time in Disturbed, I knew it was a musical background that would fit right in with what the Mob is doing. Most importantly was the fact that Disturbed had just announced that they were going on an extended hiatus, and it was critical for us to find a bass player that didn't have any other bands or commitments. We assumed we'd have to get a complete nobody or an up-and-comer because everybody else already had other bands and other things going. It just happened to turn out that it was the perfect time for John because he now has this downtime when he can commit to us and we don't have to worry about any scheduling conflicts. So on every level, John was the perfect choice. As the drummer, it's obviously important for you to find somebody that you can do business with in the rhythm section, so even before John hit the radar, was there a criteria that you personally had in mind for a new bass player? Well, we were looking for somebody that was a team player and somebody who was into doing song-oriented music. Even though I have this reputation for being this over-the-top drummer and even though Mike Orlando is this incredibly flashy guitar player, we weren't looking for a crazy over-the-top bass player. We were looking for somebody who was more of a foundation type of player. So John was exactly the type of player we were looking for - a bad-a-s motherf--ker who could hold down the fort. John absolutely fit our criteria. Guitarist Rich Ward left the band recently. Are there any plans to replace him? No, we're gonna keep the band a four-piece. When we auditioned John Moyer on bass, the other thing that we were auditioning was ourselves to see how we would sound as a four-piece. In rehearsals it sounded great, so we said, "Let's just keep this a four-piece." It's easier, it's one less scheduling obstacle to work around, and it sounded big and full, and some of our favorite bands were four-piece bands, like Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Pantera, so we felt that it would be a good lineup to go forward with. Now that some of the dust has cleared, and in view of all you've done since Dream Theater, where do you see that band fitting in your overall legacy? Dream Theater will always be the thing I'm most known for. It was twenty-five years of my life and it was something that I poured my heart and soul, blood sweat and tears into. I literally ate, breathed and shat Dream Theater twenty-four/seven for twenty-five years, so regardless of where they go in their career and regardless of where I go in my career, I will always and forever be linked to Dream Theater and that's fine with me - I'm proud of every song I wrote in that band, every album I recorded in that band, and every show I played with that band. So I have no problem with the fact that I will forever be known as "Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater." That's something that will never change. That's always how it's gonna be and I'm proud of that. I wouldn't want it any other way. Read the entire interview from The Nervous Breakdown.

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    nicksword87
    Soundservant wrote: I wonder what a progressive shit would be like.
    Incredibly long, with violent bursts... but a sense of satisfaction afterwards... I have one of these at least twice a week
    WholeLottaIzzy
    Literally, eh? Nice. And seriously, move on. It's like he's still got a crush on his first girlfriend from when his was 6 years old. She's moved on, married, has a family. Doesn't even remember your name. Damn...
    )ThunderhorsE(
    I want to hear an interview from Labrie and Petrucci about what it's like to be inhaled, eaten, and shit out by Mike Portnoy.
    rafey
    another portnoy article saying the same thing as all the others? HUURRRAAAYYYYY!!!!!1!
    SomebodySomeone
    reading this excerpt from the interview i gotta say 2 things 1- he doesnt sound as bitter as he did in the beginning of leaving dream theater 2- UG'ers need to get their heads out of their asses. mike doesnt keep beatin on a dead horse. its the interviewrs that keep askin him about dream ****in theater. i thought UG'ers were smart enough to realize by now that any person interviewing portnoy or dream theater and they HAPPEN to bring up the subject, guess whats goin on the headline despite being not being the point of the interview? /rant
    harpcicle
    I only came on this article to comment that Portnoy needs to shut up about Dream Theater
    Archieisted
    Before you guys start hating on Portnoy look at the interview, he was asked a question about Dream Theatre and he gave an honest answer. You cant blame him for talking about it when its all he is ever asked
    jurnag12
    literally ate, breathed and shat Dream Theater twenty-four/seven for twenty-five years
    I don't even wanna know what these guys did in the tour bus.
    Holoogamooga
    I'm glad he's not whining this time. It almost sounds like he's accepted it at this point instead of whining.
    Rebelloc
    SomebodySomeone wrote: reading this excerpt from the interview i gotta say 2 things 1- he doesnt sound as bitter as he did in the beginning of leaving dream theater 2- UG'ers need to get their heads out of their asses. mike doesnt keep beatin on a dead horse. its the interviewrs that keep askin him about dream ****in theater. i thought UG'ers were smart enough to realize by now that any person interviewing portnoy or dream theater and they HAPPEN to bring up the subject, guess whats goin on the headline despite being not being the point of the interview? /rant
    I wish I could give you more +1's.
    pfinnegan
    There is a fantastic David Cross bit on misuse of the word "literally." It's perfect for this article. 2nd...Portnoy let it go. Sure, he was asked, so he had to give an answer, but still, let's stop with the unrequited love thing.
    drug.me.2.hell
    Portnoy said in Rhythm Magazine, that he was done talking about DT, that interview was held in January.
    iommi600
    Root Beer wrote: Let it go, iommi. I've debated with this guy before and he's literally like 12. He'll just keep going.
    Haha, true story. This guy trolled Rush during 48 hours a few days ago lol
    metallica-#1
    i can tel most people just read the title and instantly commented the interviewer brought it up , you guys act like this is all the guy talks about, he wouldnt of mentioned it if the interviewer wouldnt have brought it up and i think we all know damn well that UG wouldnt have made an article about it if Mike Portnoy didnt say the words "Dream Theater"
    JadenCaruso
    RoxxHunter wrote: He should marry Adele and they can both go on and on about people that don't give a shit about them
    Imagine 21 with Portnoy on drums. "WE COULD'VE HAD IT-" *Drumsolo in 11/16*
    westley23j
    MR.LZZYHALE wrote: iommi600 wrote: Shat Dream Theater For 25 Years "Yeah. Let me sit here on the toilet for 25 minutes and play a progreshit masterpiece. Intro is played with a comic book or magazine, then a massive and liquid riff crushes everything in the bottom of the toilet while I perform drum rolls... oops, toilet paper rolls." Seriously though, more bitching about DT. Man, you ****in' left them behind to go play with Avenged Sevenfold... You say Avenged Sevenfold like its a bad
    leaving a band like DT, who are better musicians, for commercially successful verse/chorus/verse/chorus/solo a7x is kinda, i wouldnt say BAD, but certainly makes you look like a sell out. especially when you whine about it for months.
    goochmaster15
    As soon as I read the title, i thought, "Shut the **** up, Mike". But then I saw that the interviewer was the one that brought up Dream Theater, then I thought, "Way to go, jackass".
    Pagan_Poetry
    Portnoy. I'll say this in the nicest way possible so I don't offend you if you were to ever read this. Please shut your pie hole. Don't cry over spilled milk. Move on. Now you're not only saying the same thing over and over, you're literally saying the same thing over and over. You said this months ago. Let it go. When you piss, you shake twice and let it go. You don't wait for the waste to end itself. Let. It. Go.
    RoxxHunter
    He should marry Adele and they can both go on and on about people that don't give a shit about them
    BuriedAlive7x
    Sure this is getting old, but he's not the only one who needs to move on, but also these people who interview him. They always bring up the name Dream Theater; therefore, Mike replies with the same things. So there's no need to be hating on Portnoy.
    Meta1H3ad
    And had the audacity to insult his fans after leaving, assuming that they're all *****s and hold grudges, he got what he deserved! He may be a beast drummer, just an AWFUL human being!
    gedlee
    All you on here bashing Portnoy are all FULL OF S---! Put your heart and soul into something for 25 yrs, that was your "baby", and have it taken away, you'd have a hard time letting it go too. If you say otherwise your full of s---! Also, he keeps repeating the same thing because he keeps being asked the same. UG just keeps posting every single interview the guy does. If you don't like him, or what he's got to say, then WTF are you reading articles about him or Mustaine for then????
    TomMon
    If he 'literally' shits DT, does that mean he is also 'literally' butthurt? Since it must hurt on the way out...
    DoubleBassCrash
    Sure is Easy for a lot of you to say "Move On" , but I bet If you were in his shoes you'd be talkin' about it, too. Twenty-five years of your life dedicated to something you created is not something you can just write off in an instant. By the way, did y'all even read the god damn article? He's not even even bitchin' about it.
    MR.LZZYHALE
    iommi600 wrote: MR.LZZYHALE wrote: You say Avenged Sevenfold like its a bad It is.
    Thats your opion
    jordanmaiers
    Fuck me there are so many MP haters here. Dude does an interview for his new band, gets asked one question about Dream Theater, answers it truthfully, and gets his nuts just chomped. Jesus Christ
    AeroRocker
    Archieisted wrote: Before you guys start hating on Portnoy look at the interview, he was asked a question about Dream Theatre and he gave an honest answer. You cant blame him for talking about it when its all he is ever asked
    This. Checked.
    coco-axeman
    Troll reporters always ask the same question, then complain about how he gives the same answer.
    GazzaCee
    I find "The Nervous Breakdown" to be an apt name for the ones interviewing Portnoy.
    iommi600
    Shat Dream Theater For 25 Years
    "Yeah. Let me sit here on the toilet for 25 minutes and play a progreshit masterpiece. Intro is played with a comic book or magazine, then a massive and liquid riff crushes everything in the bottom of the toilet while I perform drum rolls... oops, toilet paper rolls." Seriously though, more bitching about DT. Man, you ****in' left them behind to go play with Avenged Sevenfold...
    RequiemofDemons
    Portnoy...you're a pretty ****ing cool drummer.....just keep using your talent and forgot about dream theater, if they didn't want you back **** them go make another better band lol I'm sure you can find a better singer :/
    latem yvaeh
    Mr.LZZYHALE...You give REAL Avenged Sevenfold fans, like myself a bad name, and I also enjoy Black and Death Metal as well. Anyways, Portnoy was asked about DT, and he gave an answer. At least he didn't go Billy Bob and refuse to answer the guy.
    xDONx
    Lot of Portnoy haters here.. Chill dudes, if he wasn't asked about Dream Theater, do you think he will give a comment about them? Cut him some slack. He was just answering a question, that's it.. Maybe its UG that keeps on posting this kind of article over and over again.