By Jonathan Bradwell.
Drummer “Mike Portnoy” announced that he has left the band “Dream Theater” on his official website yesterday evening.
The musician has played with the band for an astounding Twenty Five years, and was one of the founding members of the progressive metal group.
In the press release given by “Mike Portnoy” he states: “To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so….”.
Mike seemingly wanted to take a break from the band in the form of a sort of hiatus (A break from making music, but the band still remains together).
He goes on to write that “Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather”.
“Portnoy” has recently being filling in as the drummer for “Avenged Sevenfold” following the death of “Jimmy ‘the rev’ Sullivan”. Mike toured throughout 2010 with the band and played on the latest titled “Nightmare”.
The band also released a statement saying “To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness — regret — we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike’s stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years.
(Picture courtesy of “Hudson Digital”).
“Dreamtheater” performing their song “Forsaken” live in 2008: