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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Holy Shit!

From Dream

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.

This makes me a very, very sad man.

Portnoy has said a few times that he was thinking about walking away and a part of me still thinks this is a joke, but another part of me knows that it is true and Portnoy will no longer be a part of Dream Theater. One of my friends thinks that Dream Theater's future will be fine as their sound tends to change a lot with each album. But I am more concerned with their live performances as Portnoy was a huge part of each show. He would gather video to use during the songs, and he even came up with the setlist before each show. And nevermind his stage presence. If you've ever seen Portnoy perform live in concert you know what I'm talking about. The guy gets the crowd going more than everyone else in the group. I don't think Dream Theater will ever be the same.

I wonder if the money that he's making with Avenged Sevenfold is the reason why he's leaving. I joked that Portnoy has probably made more money with A7X than he has with Dream Theater (and all the other side projects combined). Consider that A7X's newest album debuted at No. 1 and that their latest single has been at the top of the rock and metal charts since it's been released. Dream Theater never had anything like that, even in their glory days back in 1991-1993.

EDIT: I retract my statement about the money. Link to Mike Portnoy's statement on his website:

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