Dream Theater - Mike Portnoy Leaves The Band (UPDATED)


Original news

In the "didn't see this one coming" department, Mike Portnoy has just announced he is quitting Dream Theater. Portnoy issued the following statement on his Facebook fan page he administers himself:

"I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write: after 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater... the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.

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....

After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail!, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater...

Please don't misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them... it's just that I think we are in serious need of a little break...

Dream Theater was always my baby... and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985... 24/7, 365... never taking time off from DT's never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was "off" between cycles)... working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band...

But I've come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out... and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.

We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a "hiatus" to recharge our batteries and "save me from ourselves"...

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... I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be...

While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way... so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes....

Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about "always following your heart and being true to yourself"... sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater... and I would simply be "going through the motions", and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.

I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come... I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played....

I'm sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world... I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work... I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)... but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within.... You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me... (and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)

Sadly... Your fearless ex-leader and drummer, Mike Portnoy"



UPDATE

The rest of the band has made the following announcement:

"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. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.

While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity - and in the same musical tradition - that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us.

Fans and friends: File this episode under Black Clouds and Silver Linings. As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we'll follow that with a full-on world tour. "The Spirit Carries On."

All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed."

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Dream Theater
 
Posted: 09.09.2010 by Dominus


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09.09.2010 - 07:34
nana.MD
Star-Queen
I think DT is not going to be the same, ever...a great band died today
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09.09.2010 - 07:55
Angelic Storm
Melodious
I really hope for his sake Mike isnt going to be joining A7X on a more permanent basis. Leaving DT for them would be madness, but I can understand why under the current circumstances, he'd want to leave. DT should just take a break, and let Mike come back when he's ready. DT without Mike Portnoy is unthinkable. I normally treat Blabbermouth comments with scorn, but someone said DT continuing without Mike would be like Rush continuing without Neil Peart. Which is absolutely true. Another sad day for metal indeed.
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09.09.2010 - 08:00
Angel Of Rage
Angel Of Rage
Mike Portnoy is living the same experience that Jason Newsted got in Metallica during the Echobrain era. Stay true for your principles. So, now we have to wait and see what's gonna happen in the near future.
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09.09.2010 - 08:03
siavash_eddie
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
so its the end of the DT.... i cant imagine dream theater without mike portnoy ....
RIP DT ...their music was awesome...
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09.09.2010 - 08:08
jsillers
Johnny Sillers should replace Mike in Dream Theater.. just do a youtube search for Johnny Sillers and watch him nail Metropolis AND the YYZ solo!! Johnny Sillers!!!
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09.09.2010 - 08:21
BudDa
Huh? What the fuck is happening in the metal world these days
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09.09.2010 - 09:22
Aetherius
For 15 years this has been my number 1 or 2 favorite band and to hear this makes my heart feel a little heavy. I know all good things come to an end, but I wasnt ready for this. wow... now im just wondering what the next news will be from DT.
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09.09.2010 - 09:38
Lighioana
Oh
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09.09.2010 - 09:41
V.T.D
OMG what the hell is going in this world !!!
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09.09.2010 - 09:41
Mikyz
WoW, that sucks. But at least he isn't lying to himself, it's good for him but really bad for DT and its faithful fans. Unfortunately, there's no doubt that the consequences will be heard in DT's future endeavors.
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09.09.2010 - 09:46
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
Having worked with A7X, being with Dream Theater STILL seem too gay for him.




(Seriously though... This is a shame, but eh... I feel that they've kinda been losing their spunk for a while now. I am a little interested to see what they can do without him though. Although, I will forever love most of the work DT did with him in the band.)

Oh, and tomorrow, maybe STEVE HARRIS will leave Maiden! :O
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09.09.2010 - 10:08
Aetherius
Lol and dave mustaine will leave megadeth(sarcasm) -- uhh, dam we dont wanna start jinxing stuff do we!?? strange year for metal -.-
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09.09.2010 - 10:09
Thryce
Retired Staff
Written by Nacur on 09.09.2010 at 05:16

Well....finaly we will have "Mikael + Portnoy Project" running!

Hi there, I'm Thryce, at your service to ruin your day, [Link].
Written by V.T.D on 09.09.2010 at 09:41

OMG what the hell is going in this world !!!

I know right. This is like Ginger Spice leaving the Spice Girls all over again
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09.09.2010 - 10:18
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Because Avenged Sevenfold is obviously a better deal...
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09.09.2010 - 10:27
Zhao
The Arkaholic
As long as a certain drummer isin't going to replace him I'm ok with this.
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09.09.2010 - 10:40
Mamad
What a sad day for DT fans
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09.09.2010 - 10:42
vezzy
Stallmanite
I wonder what else is on the news.
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09.09.2010 - 10:57
Eeric
Account deleted
Nice, now the only thing what was annoying in dream theater is gone, and that was portnoy's being arrogant towards his band mates, seemed always to me that they were only tools for him. And he got pawned but why all you saying that metalcore did this? just wondering..
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09.09.2010 - 11:17
Aetherius
Guess cuz of his summer touring with emo metalcore avenged sevenfold maybe
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09.09.2010 - 11:27
Warman
Erotic Stains
Worst f-ing news ever! This really made me upset.
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09.09.2010 - 11:34
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by Introspekrieg on 09.09.2010 at 04:15

Written by Daggon on 09.09.2010 at 04:02

Well, it's his choice, and I think most fans will have to accept it, when your heart and soul is not in what you make anymore, it's better to leave it before something worse happens. Still, I will regret I've never come to see them performing live with him.


What's weird is I saw DT on their last tour with Maiden and Mike looked like he was having fun performing, but LaBrie looked out of it. I would have expected LaBrie to leave before Portnoy... WHY!? Why couldn't this have been the case instead...
I lol ed so hard on this
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09.09.2010 - 11:59
Daniell
_爱情_
They should disband.
I'm sure there is a drummer that can replace Mike, but I can't imagine that his creative input can be replaced. DT are like Led Zeppelin. They should not continue without one of the members.
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09.09.2010 - 12:10
Lachy
Account deleted
I hope they all just take a break for a year or 2. No drummer can replace mike and i cant see the band doing anything without him. They are like my favorite band *sob* how can this happen.
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09.09.2010 - 12:14
Forsaker
Im not a big fan for DT , but it's really sorry when you read news like this so good luck Mike and DT keep metal guys
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09.09.2010 - 12:18
Ivor
Staff
Written by Daniell on 09.09.2010 at 11:59

They should disband.
I'm sure there is a drummer that can replace Mike, but I can't imagine that his creative input can be replaced. DT are like Led Zeppelin. They should not continue without one of the members.

I wouldn't actually be so sure about that. It might turn out that they'll start putting out a bit different material. Now that MP is not participating, maybe someone else will step in in the writing phase. As far as I recall, Myung hasn't been writing much recently, and there were some great songs written by him in the early days.

So, in general, I have a mixed feeling about it. Sure, it sucks that MP left. But given that he did so much of the work overall, someone ("sometwo," "somethree"?) else has to step in, and thus things are bound to change. Whether for better or worse is yet to be seen.

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09.09.2010 - 12:28
DrM
DreaMutilated
Written by Ivor on 09.09.2010 at 12:18

I wouldn't actually be so sure about that. It might turn out that they'll start putting out a bit different material. Now that MP is not participating, maybe someone else will step in in the writing phase. As far as I recall, Myung hasn't been writing much recently, and there were some great songs written by him in the early days.

So, in general, I have a mixed feeling about it. Sure, it sucks that MP left. But given that he did so much of the work overall, someone ("sometwo," "somethree"?) else has to step in, and thus things are bound to change. Whether for better or worse is yet to be seen.

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I couldn't agree with you more.
Dream Theater for me is a landmark, a band to which I compare almost every Prog band I stumble upon and it's very sad to see Portnoy leave.

Still, I can always dream (pun intended) of the day he might go back, but who knows? Maybe they'll go to a new direction now, and a change is almost always refreshing.
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09.09.2010 - 13:00
nb
This is shocking, I did not think they would part ways, but it is understandable from Mike's arguments and also from the bands side. I would expect a slight change in their music now, without Mike's input, but they are such
great musicians that the output will be awesome. Mike did not say what he was going to do specifically, but more Transatlantic would be awesome. Good luck to both sides, and as a big fan I will follow both their projects.
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09.09.2010 - 13:15
Kingface
Gotta be the Metal Music shock of 2010...for now at least!

It is a shame and it'll be interesting to see what he ends up doing and what Dream Theater end up doing.

If I ever was gonna see DT, I would've liked to have see them with Portnoy, but oh well.
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09.09.2010 - 13:22
TemplarLS
Why?why?why? plz dont do this to me!!!!! U leave most tallented musicans in the world because of avenged sevenfold??? DO u know what are u doing?!
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09.09.2010 - 13:45
Vombatus
Potorro
By Oden's beard ! I thought i'd never live to see Mr.Portnoy leaving DT to join... avenged sevenfold ? WTF ?!
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