“Dream Theater” moves on without “Mike Portnoy”

Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy

By Jonathan Bradwell

Professional and well celebrated alternative drummer ‘Mike Portnoy’ has been told by his former bands lawyer that he will not be acknowledged back into the group.

The musician left ‘Dream Theater’ earlier this year after an extensive and thought out process about his relations and enjoyment in other music projects away from ‘Dream Theater’.

In relation to requesting his position as Drummer in ‘Dream Theater’ to be reinstated, ‘Mike Portnoy’ wrote on his official forum that he “figured it was still possible to try and save us because they hadn’t made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another drummer…but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did…they didn’t even tell me themselves….) Sorry gang, I honestly gave it my all”.

Guesswork amongst the Metal community has incorporated beliefs that Mike Portnoy will be joining ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ full time, who he toured with through the summer following the passing of the bands late drummer. However, a statement on the ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ blog has countered this idea.

Earlier this month, on the seventeenth of December, ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ wrote on their own blog an announcement in regards to ‘Mike Portnoy’s’ participation in the band. A section of it read:

“Over time we will find someone who helps us continue our quest to make the music we love for the fans we love. Mike and the band agree that can’t be him. Why? Long before there was an Avenged Sevenfold, there were members of this band who looked up to Mike and, in Jimmy’s case, learned a lot from watching Mike play. He is a brilliant writer, producer and of course drummer. Because of that, the world and we would always see it as Avenged Sevenfold with Mike Portnoy. We take a lot of pride in A7X being about something greater then any individuals. It’s about the music, the fans and the friends and family we have as well as continuing our best friend’s legacy”.

‘Dream Theater’ at present have announced no replacement for ‘Mike Portnoy’ publically. As yet, they stand as a four piece band.

(Picture courtesy of “Paul Gargano”)

The In-Studio music video for ‘Dream Theater’ anthem ‘The Dark Eternal Night’:


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