Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy attended the group’s live performance on March 4 at Beacon Theatre in New York Metropolis. It was the primary time Portnoy witnessed his former bandmates carry out reside since his exit from the long-lasting progressive metallic outfit greater than 11 years in the past.
Throughout an look earlier at this time (Tuesday, Might 3) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Mike acknowledged in regards to the circumstances that led to him being current on the present (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We had been slowly rekindling the relationships over time. Clearly, [DREAM THEATER guitarist] John Petrucci and I’ve made a number of albums collectively at this level — I performed on his final solo album, after which he and myself and Jordan [Rudess, DREAM THEATER keyboardist] and Tony Levin bought again collectively to do a LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT album in 2020. So, yeah, John Petrucci and Jordan had been hanging with me rather a lot via the years, and our households as properly. In actual fact, the primary time I performed along with Jordan once more was on the final Cruise To The Edge in 2019; Jordan and I performed collectively on that. So the relationships had been actually, actually good and cozy with these guys. And John Myung [DREAM THEATER bassist] lives proper down the road from me, so I might see him on the town on a regular basis. And his spouse may be very, superb pals with my spouse. So there’s three of the blokes that I had been on very, superb phrases with over time. And my spouse and John Myung‘s spouse have been going to see them on the New York present, and I used to be, like, ‘You recognize what? What the hell.’”
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Portnoy went on to say that he had beforehand “dreamt about going to see” DREAM THEATER play. “I am not saying I dreamt prefer it was my objective; I am saying I actually would have desires at evening sleeping, the place in my desires I’ll see DREAM THEATER and it is simply an ungainly factor,” he defined. “So for a very long time I used to be very nervous about it, like how bizarre would it not really feel? Would it not be uncomfortable? However I lastly was at peace with it. I went to the present, and it was actually a cool expertise; it was not as awkward as I had anticipated or feared. And on the present, James [LaBrie, DREAM THEATER singer] welcomed me from the stage. And I hadn’t spoken to James — as lots of people know, I hadn’t spoken to him since I left the band — so I bought to see him that evening after the present. And I went into his dressing room, and inside actually 10 seconds, any of that drama or B.S. that had constructed up via the years, it melted away instantly. And it was all hugs and kisses and ‘love you, bro’ and ‘miss you, bro.’ And it was, like, all that bullshit from the final 11 years was simply water beneath the bridge.”
Mike continued: “You may’t spend most of your life with a gaggle of fellows like that and never be household for all times. I met John Petrucci and John Myung once we have been youngsters; we met in faculty and our households have grown up collectively and our wives all performed in a band collectively and our youngsters — my daughter and John Petrucci‘s daughter — reside collectively in Brooklyn. So it is a household. Whether or not I am at present within the band or not, that does not matter; you may’t take away the friendship and the household and the historical past and the experiences we shared for therefore, so lengthy.”
Concerning what it was prefer to see one other drummer play his components reside with DREAM THEATER, Portnoy stated: “I’ve at all times been the kind of drummer that simply flies [by] the seat of my pants within the second. Even with my very own drum components, I do not essentially persist with them faithfully from present to indicate, whereas [current DREAM THEATER drummer Mike] Mangini clearly actually studied the drum components they usually had every thing programmed out. They’re all in regards to the precision, and that is certainly their factor. And yeah, he killed it. There isn’t any doubt he is an incredible drummer and he performs my components extremely faithfully. I really feel unhealthy for him. He and I joked about it. He is in a horrible state of affairs the place he is damned if he does and he is damned if he does not. He expressed that frustration to me, and I really feel for him; it is positively a bizarre place to be put into. I sort of had it a bit bit after I performed with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and TWISTED SISTER, coming into the throne of two drummers which have handed away, and I attempted to study these components as faithfully as I may. Once I had a hired-gun gig like that, I spent a whole lot of consideration making an attempt to honor the drummer that got here earlier than me — it is necessary. I do not wanna go right into a gig like both of these and attempt to drive my type onto it.”
Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER 37 years in the past, abruptly stop the band in September 2010 whereas on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD.
Portnoy was a visitor on Petrucci‘s second solo album, “Terminal Velocity”, which was launched in August 2020 through Sound Thoughts Music/The Orchard. The trouble marked the primary time Petrucci and Portnoy recorded collectively in over a decade, in addition to their first time taking part in collectively since Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER.
In a 2017 interview with Rockhok, Portnoy insisted that had “no longing to reunite” with DREAM THEATER however stated that he would return to his former band “for the followers.” He defined: “The ball’s of their courtroom, to be sincere. I’ve no longing to reunite with them; it isn’t one thing I essentially am seeking to do or wish to do. I am very content material with all of the eighty-seven bands I at present have going, so it is one thing I want. However I might do it for the followers, as a result of I am a really sentimental particular person and I’ve a whole lot of nice, fond reminiscences of these guys and the instances. I am a sentimental man, so I might by no means shut the door on it. So, actually, the ball’s of their courtroom, actually. [But] when you’re asking me the percentages [of a reunion happening], I might say, do not wager on it, as a result of I do know their personalities as properly and I do not suppose they’re the kind which are trying backwards.”
A few years in the past, Portnoy advised Loud that he left DREAM THEATER as a result of he needed to broaden his musical horizons. “[I didn’t] wish to go to my grave and simply be the drummer from DREAM THEATER,” he stated. “I knew there was far more to what I needed to supply.”
LaBrie had beforehand seemingly closed the door on the opportunity of a DREAM THEATER reunion with Portnoy, telling Chile’s Radio Futuro in an August 2013 interview: “That chance, I do not see it ever taking place; it isn’t gonna occur. As a result of, at first, Mike Mangini is a full-fledged member of the band now, he is an outstanding drummer and he is doing every thing that we may probably need as a drummer in a band. He is serving to us notice precisely what we wanna do proper now musically. And he can be our drummer till the day that we end doing this, once we conclude. Mike Portnoy was an enormous a part of our previous, however I feel that is the place it should stay. He was a drummer from the previous. And so far as presently and into the long run, it will likely be Mike Mangini, and all of us really feel very strongly about that. He is an unbelievable drummer, he is an unbelievable asset to the band, and he’s fulfilling our wildest desires so far as what we’re doing musically and what we’re doing with every album. In order that’s the way in which it stands.”
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