Mike Portnoy Rejected from DT
2010-12-20 by Trey Spencer STAFF | 205 Comments

Just a few weeks after being dropped from Avenged Sevenfold's touring line-up, it appears that Mike Portnoy has also been rejected from Dream Theater.





On Portnoy's official forum he has confirmed that he did try to rejoin Dream Theater and that they refused his offer:

Quote:
Just for the record, this is indeed true..

Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives...(plus I know how much it meant to alot of the fans...)

I 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...

So now the fans on my twitter and facebook can please stop asking me to go back to DT...I tried, and the door is now shut...the ball is now in their court, not mine...

Regarding Portnoy's initial dismissal from Avenged Sevenfold, the band released a statement late last week stating in part:

For the past few months, we've been blessed with Mike Portnoy's talent and humanity. When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we'd need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it's time for us to take that next step."

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Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


The interview that he seems to be confirming is this:

"Sure, in the beginning the guys were sad,angry and confused, but on this moment they want to prove they can do this without me. They WILL find a great drummer, there are hundreds of drummers out there better than me, I'v heard the names of some of the auditioners but I don't know who they will pick in the end. I spoke the guys a couple of weeks ago and checked if there was a possibility that I could help 'em out in the studio in January. I even begged them to come to a solution before announcing the new drummer or take other decisions.

They want to prove they can do it without me and keep the door closed. So I can't return, even if I want to. I reached out my hand, teared my soul inside out, but it didn't help. I look forward to the day I'll join DT...Dream Theater is mine, that stool belongs to me... It's in their hands now, I even proposed to go into the studio in january, although I still don't want to, mentally, but I am willing to give anything to keep peace within the band and for the fans...."


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East Hastings
December 20th 2010

4391 Comments


I reached out my hand, teared my soul inside out, but it didn't help

Sweet Jesus.

climactic
December 20th 2010

18352 Comments


oh my god lollol

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010

6739 Comments


so it wasn't a clean break in the first place...?

Kris.
December 20th 2010

12152 Comments


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
man
fucking funny

Counterfeit
December 20th 2010

17819 Comments


Maybe you shouldn't have left for a7x in the first place. hahahah

cinaedus
December 20th 2010

26298 Comments


lolololololololololol

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fr33convict
December 20th 2010

11687 Comments


OWNED

haha

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


Yeah, it sounds like he wanted A7X cash, and when they dropped his ass he tried to get back into DT before they replaced him.

cvlts
December 20th 2010

8954 Comments


REEEEjected!

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010

15341 Comments


haha nobody wants him

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wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010

6739 Comments


he seems like a douche. js

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


He just seems like he thought he was more important than he really is. He was always saying in interviews that he would be with A7X through 2011 and then who knows about a next album... you never saw them say that. He just thought that there was no way they'd replace him.

JWT155
December 20th 2010

9205 Comments


Well he just messed up his whole career.

tiesthatbind
December 20th 2010

7371 Comments


Well that's embarrassing.

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Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


I, for one, am kind of excited for the new DT album now. They won't just being going through the motions -- they have something to prove and an axe to grind.

Poet
December 20th 2010

5920 Comments


Sounds like he needs a hug.

Winsomniac
December 20th 2010

7955 Comments


Karma's a bitch.


But in this case also really really funny.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010

16134 Comments


Honestly, I think the rest of the band are being dicks. It's more or less his band anyway. While he can be replaced as a drummer, his songwriting made the band what it was, and their new material will no doubt suffer accordingly.

climactic
December 20th 2010

18352 Comments


He was actually a really nice dude when I met him, I guess like Willie said he just thinks he's more important than he actually is.

Yazz_Flute
December 20th 2010

18764 Comments


I don't think they ever played the whole AA suite live yet...would be strange without Portnoy.

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wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010

6739 Comments


What songwriting?

Kris.
December 20th 2010

12152 Comments


his songwriting made the band what it was


a piece of shit?
seriously tho how are the rest of the guys being dicks when he left them to make bank with 7fold?
it's just karma bro

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010

16134 Comments


Dream Theater wasn't touring or recording, and Mike just said he wanted to take a short break from the band. The fact the other members couldn't honor a simple and reasonable request from one of its founding members is pretty dickish to me.

Hope he finally does that project with Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


he is so going to play for paramore.

on a more serious note, Dream Theater is going to suck badly without him.

bloc
December 20th 2010

34679 Comments


This is classic

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Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


bunch of douches...

piggypig890
December 20th 2010

94 Comments


"all signs point to paramore."

lol.

As far as song writing goes, I always thought Petrucci was better than Portnoy anyway, so DT are still very capable in that department. As much of a fan as I am of both DT and Portnoy, he shouldn't be back in DT this early, the split had to happen for a reason, not just for Mike to come crying back when things don't work out elsewhere.

ShadowRemains
December 20th 2010

20252 Comments


LOL, that's what you get for being an idiot...

Emim
December 20th 2010

26509 Comments


I foresee a book deal.


Mike Portnoy: Why Being a Bandwhore Doesn't Pay Off

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010

6739 Comments


not just for Mike to come crying back when things don't work out elsewhere.


this.

ShadowRemains
December 20th 2010

20252 Comments


mimsy your avatar is tripping me out

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


--Dream Theater wasn't touring or recording, and Mike just said he wanted to take a short break from the band. The fact the other members couldn't honor a simple and reasonable request from one of its founding members is pretty dickish to me.--

Actually, what he told them was that he didn't want to go back into the studio in January or tour for it afterwards. So, it doesn't really matter that they weren't actively touring or recording because the fact is that he was set to shut them down once they started.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


do you think Trivium's going to need a new drummer soon and then Lars Ulrich gets rejected from Metallica for playing with Heafy and the boys? that would be great

laterenima
December 20th 2010

221 Comments


i smell a solo album

ShadowRemains
December 20th 2010

20252 Comments


if lars left metallica they'd become better by a mile

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


--Mike Portnoy: Why Being a Bandwhore Doesn't Pay Off--

It seems to work for black metal musicians.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010

16134 Comments


Yeah, exactly my point - he didn't want to record or tour; he wanted to take a break. Not sure why the band is in such a hurry to get in the studio again.

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010

6739 Comments


if lars left metallica they'd become better by a mile


or they could just break up like they should've a decade ago

Emim
December 20th 2010

26509 Comments


mimsy your avatar is tripping me out


Don't fight it

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


well they could take in Mike if Paramore rejects him.

tiesthatbind
December 20th 2010

7371 Comments


Portnoy should just retire at this point to save himself more embarassment.

Or he could take the Paramore gig. I could see it:

(5-second drum solo)
THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU LET YOUR HEART WIN
(drum fill)
WOOOOOOAH
(drum fill)

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


"or they could just break up like they should've a decade ago"

no !!!!!! youz gots the crazies

climactic
December 20th 2010

18352 Comments


or they could just break up like they should've a decade ago


You mean two decades ago?

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


Testament has a revolving door of drummers. Let him join Testament and record with them.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


you guys are hurting my feelings so much now..

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010

6739 Comments


let's say 15 years, that's about when Load was released

TomAkaVeto
December 20th 2010

1600 Comments


haha this shit's hilarious. Two shitty bands and the drummer that neither of them want.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


load's goodz, they just had lars. that's always been their biggest problem. let's get back to Mikey, he needz a band.

fr33convict
December 20th 2010

11687 Comments


I'll let Mike Portnoy be in my band but I'll kick him out in 2012.

bloc
December 20th 2010

34679 Comments


i smell a solo album

I would not be surprised

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


why 2012?

fr33convict
December 20th 2010

11687 Comments


Avenged kept him for a year, so I will too.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


I see, well, I need a drummer for my band, and the other guitarist wanted someone with skill, so I'll be taking Mikey here, thank you

Thane
December 20th 2010

2151 Comments


This makes me so happy!

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


this makes me laugh, but it feels a bit weird. oh well...

DGTLPRTY
December 20th 2010

466 Comments


lol
I bet a lot of DT fans are pissed

PuddlesPuddles
December 20th 2010

4767 Comments


This is like


Portnoy's fuckin' nightmare

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2010

44164 Comments


Farro brothers + Portnoy = the side project of 2011. 5/5

DGTLPRTY
December 20th 2010

466 Comments


he's like the kid with lice that none of the other kids want to play with

Eskate87
December 20th 2010

959 Comments


both bands are shite

bloc
December 20th 2010

34679 Comments


fuk u traitor

jackd64
December 20th 2010

7 Comments


Don't forget My Chemical Romance still has no drummer.... lolololololol

psykonaut
December 20th 2010

3913 Comments


mike is one of my favorite drummers of all time but after leaving for A7X he pretty much had this coming

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2010

15887 Comments


Yeah. I think he's a great drummer, but what did he expect. I think it goes back to what I said earlier... he's just over-estimated his worth and thought that no band would willingly replace him if they didn't have to.

Fieryfenderz
December 20th 2010

1425 Comments


I hear he's putting together an entire album of only percussion plus the vocals of Yoko Ono. Pumped.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


this is probably going to come back right in DT's face

nychicano
December 20th 2010

308 Comments


LOL

FishPhoenix
December 20th 2010

93 Comments


Owned

ffs
December 20th 2010

4819 Comments


lol

crazyblinddude
December 20th 2010

3389 Comments


Haha I had a feeling this was coming after he left Dream Theater.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


and it came... they Bukkake'd him so hard there.

Imperial
December 20th 2010

1722 Comments


One poor career move after another

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drasticaction74
December 20th 2010

1721 Comments


he'll have to spend his time doing something cool now

Klekticist
December 20th 2010

1259 Comments


"(5-second drum solo)
THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU LET YOUR HEART WIN
(drum fill)
WOOOOOOAH
(drum fill)"

lol.

thread and story are full on win.

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Zanders
December 20th 2010

709 Comments


Hm, I'm not sure how to feel about this yet.

North0House
December 20th 2010

1764 Comments


Looks like he'll be looking through the music want ads on Craigslist for awhile.

Fieryfenderz
December 20th 2010

1425 Comments


Maybe he can start a project with whatever member of Fall Out Boy hasn't found one yet.

Zanders
December 20th 2010

709 Comments


He seriously was a negative influence on the recent Dream Theater albums.

kingjulian
December 20th 2010

1297 Comments


And the lolz go on. This is so good.

SpeachImpediment
December 20th 2010

94 Comments


The biggest problem with Dream Theater was LaBrie, dude's such a dildo. Wish he'd FOAD

Jethro42
December 20th 2010

12377 Comments


Portnoy did an amazing job for lots of Neal Morse ouputs

Nagrarok
December 20th 2010

8169 Comments


I figured he'd go back. I didn't figure he'd be rejected. Might be interesting to see where DT go with a new drummer though.

Outnumbered
December 20th 2010

370 Comments


news is LOL

botb
December 20th 2010

9560 Comments


this is dumb but so was his decision to leave

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010

30892 Comments


Testament has a revolving door of drummers. Let him join Testament and record with them.


I'd rather they kept Bostaph

Whole situation is a bit of a lol-apalooza though


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Jethro42
December 20th 2010

12377 Comments


''Might be interesting to see where DT go with a new drummer though.''

Gavin Harrison would be a pretty good candidate.

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


"The biggest problem with Dream Theater was LaBrie, dude's such a dildo"

this

loveisamixtape
December 20th 2010

5914 Comments


ohgawd i lol'd

what.. i just don't.. what.

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Acre
December 20th 2010

847 Comments


As much as I love Portnoy, I'm glad they've stuck to their guns on this one. Better to have a new drummer 100% committed to making new music than one who flip-flopped and admits he still has no desire to record a new album.

InFiction
December 20th 2010

3639 Comments


H ha ha ha, this is fucking funny. Made my day.

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shablaman54
December 20th 2010

281 Comments


i can't stand portnoy, i mean, he has a basketball jersey with his name on the back...not sure what team he's playing for anymore though apparently

MalcolmX
December 20th 2010

56 Comments


Yeah he pretty much screwed his whole career up when he went with A7X. Oh well the guy is a damn good drummer and I'm sure he'll find a band to join or form his own.

sphygmo
December 20th 2010

92 Comments


wow a lot of you guys seem like total tools. portnoy is one of the best fucking drummers out there

sphygmo
December 20th 2010

92 Comments


they aren't going to rebound well from this shit, they're obv pussyhurt morons. he was an integral part of the band

ShadowRemains
December 20th 2010

20252 Comments


lol

Dogget
December 20th 2010

781 Comments


doesnt mean he isnt a band whore twat

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


someone's butthurt.

WhiteNoise
December 20th 2010

3048 Comments


This is quite funny. He sounds so full of himself.

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Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


the DT members sound pretty full of themselves as well. they couldn't even tell him face ot face that he wasn't welcome anymore. they're a bunch of pansies since he is one of the founding members.

razedtotheground
December 20th 2010

367 Comments


I agree with Jethro

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HallucinogeNick
December 20th 2010

755 Comments


yeah i guess this is more newsworthy than the article i submitted but was rejected. real cool moderators.

theacademy
December 20th 2010

28258 Comments


RIP the rev

pmmets07
December 20th 2010

5848 Comments


this is like leaving a chick for a hotter chick before making sure the hotter chick wants you

he dun goofed

whywontyoudie
December 20th 2010

3063 Comments


HAHAHAHAHAHAA

LegendofPittman
December 20th 2010

2943 Comments


Lol, this is pretty great.

Mewcopa0
December 20th 2010

1799 Comments


that is histarical

Strider
December 20th 2010

4598 Comments


pretty much the laughing stock of the music community right now.

SmurkinGherkin
December 20th 2010

1769 Comments


lolol

bloc
December 20th 2010

34679 Comments


I can't wait to hear how the band sounds without Portnoy

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 20th 2010

2613 Comments


I never was too big on Dream Theater, but after seeing them on the Iron Maiden tour, I would have to agree and says that James Labrie is the weak link of the band. However, I do find this hilarious and much deserved. If you decide to leave a band to make more money this what you should get.

linchpin313
December 20th 2010

813 Comments


And now DT just needs a singer replacement and Voila!!

ShinXetsu
December 20th 2010

605 Comments


I feel for the guy, looks like it really hit home just how much he was leaving behind. But on the other hand, he finally has the break he wanted.

Dogget
December 20th 2010

781 Comments


all jokes aside he should actually join paramore, just as a 'fuck it' kind of thing

whywontyoudie
December 20th 2010

3063 Comments


^^ i would laugh until i completely shit myself.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2010

7026 Comments


whatever, band lost all possibilities of being good by having labrie as their singer during their peak, and now this just means theres no chance of a recovery (not that i expected one)

shit is lolworthy all around

forum2120
December 20th 2010

33 Comments


fuck mike portnoy
fuck dream theater
and most certainly fuck a7x



crowing51
December 20th 2010

3446 Comments


Yea if portnoy joined paramore or My chemical romance i would die of laughter.

He got what he deserved though honestly, i mean he left the band when they wanted him to stay, says he did not want to make music or tour then goes and joins avenged fagfold. WTF did he honestly expect. They will be fine without him, there are allot of better drummer than him or at least to par as him so i don't think their sound will be a drastic terrible change.

Bfhurricane
December 20th 2010

6194 Comments


Shouldn't have left in the firstplace. Portnoy was what held that band together. Sure they can find another drummer as talented as him, but they won't find another guy as good as writing, producing, and managing as him.

anuspudding
December 20th 2010

403 Comments


"haha this shit's hilarious. Two shitty bands and the drummer that neither of them want."
THIS

HuggyBear
December 20th 2010

118 Comments


He dun goofed.



Motiv3
December 20th 2010

8920 Comments


wow so Portnoy really did try to leave for A7X and the money, no wonder the band rejected him. Portnoy isnt THAT irreplaceable, even in the songwriting department. Good riddance i say.

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XSebbyMcMuffinX
December 20th 2010

339 Comments


"Oh c'mon guys, just one more live dvd!?"

Bull with Gloves
December 20th 2010

30 Comments


I respect Mike Portnoy and all the work the guys in DT do whether it be OSI or LTE or even Kevin Moore's stuff, Chroma Key....Mike's a sick drummer who's done a lotta great shit.........that said...........this is hilarious............

Alien Six
December 20th 2010

80 Comments


Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooo session work!

jybt
December 20th 2010

342 Comments


So Mike was willing to quit the band rather than go into the studio when he wasn't ready or willing, and then was willing to compromise the very integrity he gave his spot in the band for due to overwhelming fan response that he KNEW was coming?

This reeks of indecisiveness and even cowardice. Of course, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen - but as an extension, if you know the kitchen will be hot, don't even THINK about complaining that the kitchen is hot when you enter.

Scoot
December 20th 2010

17682 Comments


lol double fail

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silentstar
December 20th 2010

2232 Comments


This is one of the reasons why I love this site, first Paramore, now this, hahaha

loveisamixtape
December 20th 2010

5914 Comments


dude i've just drunk 2 monsters and eaten an entire big bag of sour patch kids. i think i may be having a heart attack but i'm not sure..

trailofdead91
December 20th 2010

407 Comments


lol poor Mike Portnoy...

krig9412
December 20th 2010

794 Comments


Just, lol...

SoapySoap
December 20th 2010

865 Comments


"Hope he finally does that project with Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson."

He's been kicked out of that too. Well shit son, he didn't want to work and now he's not.

qwe3
December 20th 2010

21353 Comments


aw no now dream theater's gonna suck


oh wait

lessermaster
December 21st 2010

85 Comments


I am a DT fan...

but this is funny lol

Jakeitwasaghost
December 21st 2010

767 Comments


Meh.

Volume4
December 21st 2010

21 Comments


couldnt care less..havent followed them in years...portnoy is a douche ball

Puzzles
December 21st 2010

3065 Comments


lol sounds like some kid in the playground getting kicked out of his group, then trying to join another one and getting rejected from that one too.
Just as well, Mike Portnoy is a little fucktard

Torii
December 21st 2010

805 Comments


lol This thread is sooooooo wrong.

elephantREVOLUTION
December 21st 2010

2736 Comments


portnoy in paramore would probably be better than the new dt album. jus sayin'

Torii
December 21st 2010

805 Comments


Also, last DT album was great, I just don't see anything wrong with it. I say.

austin888
December 21st 2010

331 Comments


Well this sucks.

Josh D.
December 21st 2010

13967 Comments


Lol, I don't care.

TheFantasticDangler
December 21st 2010

1150 Comments


]I, for one, am kind of excited for the new DT album now. They won't just being going through
the motions -- they have something to prove and an axe to grind.


thiiiiis

Puzzles
December 21st 2010

3065 Comments


^thaaaaaaaat

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2010

5921 Comments


In Hellas we have an ironic saying about people doing what Portnoy did:

Δεν τον χάλασε καθόλου όμως!!!!!

Leaving aside any inherent loss in translation, in English the corresponding phrase would be:

I can tell that Portnoy wasn't upset in the least

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kygermo
December 21st 2010

994 Comments


his drumming will be missed but his vocals will not..




"DAY AFTER DAY...AND NIGHT AFTER NIGHT!"

Douglas
December 21st 2010

9061 Comments


Ringo's getting old....

Next Beatles reunion/funeral hello portnoy

bodiesinflight57
December 21st 2010

869 Comments


the people defending MP are just being ridiculous. he basically held the whole band to ransom saying they couldn't do anything for a year or so because he wanted a rest because he'd been off doing loads of other things while they were all gearing up for recording a new DT record! then when he realises that A7X don't want him for 2011 he tries to come crawling back just as they're hiring a new drummer! it's pathetic.

/rant over

Dryden
December 21st 2010

12928 Comments


hahahahhaahaha

TheStarclassicTreatment
December 21st 2010

2910 Comments


I don't see how anyone can criticise a guy for wanting to take a short hiatus in order to recharge his musical batteries so that his band may produce a worthwhile album next time.
Dream Theater will totally fail without him.

Jethro42
December 21st 2010

12377 Comments


It feels the end of DT.

anuspudding
December 21st 2010

403 Comments


he was just too good to be in a7x,
and he's not very good

Dogget
December 21st 2010

781 Comments


DT will release an album without him, it will be average, then he will rejoin

Baphomet
December 21st 2010

7364 Comments


lulz

Regulator
December 21st 2010

600 Comments


oh no! now two bands i dislike greatly don't have drummers!

augustBURNSred88
December 21st 2010

109 Comments


Haha!

wyankeif1337
December 21st 2010

6739 Comments


It feels the end of DT.


I honestly wouldn't complain.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2010

5921 Comments


It feels the end of DT.



I honestly wouldn't complain.




Yeah. The band has made its cycle and it's time they realized it.

DoncaMatic
December 21st 2010

12 Comments


As far as Dream Theater goes, whether they take Portnoy back or not, they should definitely kick out James LaBrie and stay an instrumental act. Not having a singer will give all of them a lot more room to work creatively. Otherwise, I'm done with Dream Theater.

And as for Portnoy, he needs to hop on with Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt and start fresh making some new music.

stereonpl11
December 21st 2010

57 Comments


He should not have left DT, now he's seeing the consequences.

I doubt Akerfeldt and Wilson will take him for the recording. They just don't need him.

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DoncaMatic
December 21st 2010

12 Comments


Yeah agreed, he should've just stuck with DT since it's his band.

Haha, and very true, Akerfeldt and Wilson are both sooooo talented, i'd say it'll be easy for them to find a drummer for that project...like maybe Gavin!


Prince1993
December 21st 2010

536 Comments


I feel pity for the dude.
But seriously ... Hahahahahahahahaha


MO
December 21st 2010

18261 Comments


Good riddance. That's what you get when you turn your back on the band you helped create and nurture into what it is today. For shame Portnoy.

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MO
December 21st 2010

18261 Comments


Good riddance. That's what you get when you turn your back on the band you helped create and nurture into what it is today. For shame Portnoy.

saucy
December 21st 2010

342 Comments


Derp.

Cerbyrus
December 21st 2010

568 Comments


I wonder which band he'll try to join next...

CrazyFool84
December 21st 2010

1080 Comments


Considering the aire of douchiness DT has always had blowing off them like powerful stink-lines, this isn't a surprising reaction; butt-hurt band and band-whore drummer

Starchild
December 21st 2010

10 Comments


Maybe this means John Myung will get to write some songs again :D

Or perhaps thats just wishful thinking (listens to Learning To Live)

Jethro42
December 21st 2010

12377 Comments


there's a lot of good Rush tribute bands out there too.

AnotherBrick
December 21st 2010

9770 Comments


i love dream theater but i'm glad they didnt take him back

Ticondaroga
December 21st 2010

231 Comments


Ya labrie is the one member who seriously hinders dream theater, but this is tots funny.

Jethro42
December 21st 2010

12377 Comments


On a more serious note, musician is amazing, and I wish he would do more works for Neal Morse.

Sound
December 21st 2010

3887 Comments


Next week: "Mike Portnoy joins Paramore"


Plank
December 21st 2010

217 Comments


Maybe he'll become a busker....

Oceans
December 21st 2010

934 Comments


Lol when I see DT I automatically assume Dark Tranquility.

Willie
Moderator
December 21st 2010

15887 Comments


Mike Portnoy with Dark Tranquillity could be kind of cool.

bloc
December 21st 2010

34679 Comments


He's too advanced for their music. It would just be clashing.

Willie
Moderator
December 21st 2010

15887 Comments


It could push them to go back to Skydancer material (easily their most ambitious album).

Shredzilla
December 21st 2010

501 Comments


Wow.....never thought I'd say this, but this makes me happy. He deserved. Now he's all like "WHAAAAAATTTTTTT?!!!! I'm TeH Mike Portnoyz! I will eat yo guitar strings, Petrucci!!11!!"

asaf
December 21st 2010

885 Comments


how exciting. hope he has lots of magazine subscriptions. he was always so much cooler than everyone.

Ire
December 21st 2010

41749 Comments


hahahahahahahaha

Ire
December 21st 2010

41749 Comments


darkthrone

ShadowRemains
December 21st 2010

20252 Comments


lol

drenzium
December 21st 2010

63 Comments


Everyone who has commented saying he left Dream Theater for Avenged Sevenfold is a complete fucking idiot. He was helping them out on tour, that was it, and he knew it wouldn't be permanent. His decision to leave Dream Theater was completely unrelated. Jesus fucking christ.

Willie
Moderator
December 21st 2010

15887 Comments


It's so fucking obvious that he did. If he really didn't want to be a part of Dream Theater and was only doing the A7X thing as a favor he wouldn't have ran back to DT as soon as he was dropped. The fact of the matter is that he quit Dream Theater because he ego lead him to believe he would definitely pick up the permanent A7X spot. I love Dream Theater, but the actions are too clear to defend him.


CrownOfMagnets
December 21st 2010

2232 Comments


Mike Portnoy: Hey whats up guys? I just left Dream Theater.
A7X: what?
Mike Portnoy: Shit.

Awesomesauce
December 21st 2010

1083 Comments


...in todays news, 43 year old man acts like 15 year old girl.

DoncaMatic
December 21st 2010

12 Comments


...Liquid Tension Experiment reunion?!

Ayon
December 22nd 2010

160 Comments


"Mike Portnoy: Hey whats up guys? I just left Dream Theater.
A7X: what?
Mike Portnoy: Shit."

LOL.

Man, I'm so hoping he joins Paramore. Would definitely bring the lulz.

MorningView425
December 24th 2010

162 Comments


awesomesauce- i'm not sure what's worse...googling mike portnoy to see how old he is in order to make a half-hearted post, or knowing his age off the top of your head. i'll let you decide

pillowswantyoursoul
December 24th 2010

923 Comments


That's what happens when you try to help A7x.

FilthyBorgir
December 24th 2010

1334 Comments


This is a slap to Mike Portnoy's face.

KatieKnight
December 25th 2010

129 Comments


Good for them for rejecting that dumb ass. Although I do have the utmost respect for him.

Chud55
December 26th 2010

33 Comments


Thats what you get for leaving a great band, joining a shit generic one, loosing your fans respect and band mates respect.

ShadowRemains
December 26th 2010

20252 Comments


lol at people contradicting themselves constantly in this thread

Jebull
December 27th 2010

1340 Comments


hahahaha

Marimbaboy4
December 29th 2010

84 Comments


He just needs to take drum lessons from teh biebs so he can be good enough for DT.

Ikarus14
January 3rd 2011

532 Comments


He never said he was leaving for Avenged Sevenfold. He always made it clear that he was only temporary.
It's a real pity that he has fallen out with Dream Theater, though.

thedreamforce
January 14th 2011

8 Comments


He never left DT for A7X. He left them because he wanted a break 'cause of all the stuff he did (producing, tour planning and so on and so forth) and they didn't. He said he loved playing with A7X because he was just the drummer, and just played stuff. He never had to do anything beyond that.

But of course, not having a job kinda sucks; that'll make anyone desperate.

thelaw
January 15th 2011

1 Comments


Y'know, when I heard before why Portnoy was leaving, I was kinda pissed. He is probably the best drummer I've heard yet, in my opinion, but then I heard that he just wanted to take a break to keep the music fresh, which is good, since the last break Dream Theater took was one summer off after 10+ years of constant summer touring.

He was not part of A7X. Okay, I can live with it, but it's not ideal. He definitely improved the band a little bit. Then he was kicked out, but again, whatever.

So he wanted to go back, kinda flip-flopish, but cool, more Dream Theater. They didn't want him back, and THEY couldn't even tell him. They had to get their fucking lawyer?

Dream Theater was, as Portnoy put it, his baby. His father named it, and he was kinda the leader (he made the set lists, so take that for what you will). But they won't take him back just because they want to prove they can do it without him? Fuckin' low man.

Fuck their next album. It'll probably be like Chinese Democracy. Dream Theater name, but its just not the fucking same.

dr2den
January 15th 2011

1342 Comments


oh



Avagantamos
January 20th 2011

1812 Comments


What the fuck? Why so much hate?

Digging: IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene

Marimbaboy4
January 23rd 2011

84 Comments


U mad?

honarmin
January 26th 2011

1 Comments


Haha, I love all the hate directed at Portnoy in here. I, personally, think it's far better that he stay away from Dream Theater because Transatlantic makes better music than Dream Theater ever will, and if it's true that he'll be working with Wilson in the future, that could only be better.

As long as Transatlantic's safe (I'm looking at you, Neal Morse), then I'm happy.

keyboardxmosh
January 26th 2011

1007 Comments


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