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Old 09-08-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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Portnoy leaves DT

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Wednesday September 8th 2010

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,
MP
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:05 PM   #3
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He's just now realizing they suck ass?
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:14 PM   #4
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Sounds like a schoolboy bitch.

No, seriously, he sounds like a fucking faggot.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:17 PM   #5
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bands sucks now. who cares
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:22 PM   #6
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fucking christ. It sounds like he's leaving DT to join avenged sevenfold full time. If he actually ends up doing that, I'm done with music forever.

but if this just means he'll be doing more transatlantic stuff, that's actually awesome.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:27 PM   #7
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fucking lol
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:35 PM   #8
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the comments on the MP forum are hilarious

http://www.mikeportnoy.com/forum/m2585154-p6.aspx
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:55 PM   #9
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my friend is flipping out about this on facebook. hiiiiiiilarious
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:57 PM   #10
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mike portnoy is a free agent
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:59 PM   #11
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good for him. he's up on the times and the trends. wants to take a break and do something fresh instead of sorta beat a dead horse that is dream theater. good for him.
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the comments on the MP forum are hilarious

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Old 09-08-2010, 10:07 PM   #13
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he deserves to be beaten for "your fearless ex-leader"
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #14
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Can you imagine if Paul quit BTBAM and made a thread on here about it? oh mah god
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:31 PM   #15
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i hate prog rock fans

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Old 09-08-2010, 10:46 PM   #16
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:50 PM   #17
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i hate prog rock fans

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Old 09-08-2010, 11:05 PM   #18
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Never gave a shit about DT.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:43 PM   #19
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:50 PM   #20
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Dream Theater allegedly have already replaced Portnoy with James Owen Sullivan.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:09 AM   #21
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I have never cared about this band, I would just hear about them all of the time because of the BTBAM comparisons.

btw nice sig, OP
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:38 AM   #22
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:38 AM   #23
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:25 AM   #25
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Jesus christ he spends the whole thing patting himself on that back. What a piece of shit. Not like it makes a difference anyway. One shit band to another.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:00 AM   #26
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He's a good dude for sure. I think he's right, they probably should take a break, but in the end, his bandmates are probably not as financially secure as he is, and wanted to keep the train going while metal based music is at an all time high in popularity.
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While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy
sounds like the biggest tool saying that
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Blake Richardson doing the drums for DT next album n leaving btbam/glass casket wat up?
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He's a good dude for sure. I think he's right, they probably should take a break, but in the end, his bandmates are probably not as financially secure as he is, and wanted to keep the train going while metal based music is at an all time high in popularity.
Just wondering how he's more financially secure than them? Not like trying to contradict you but just seriously wondering.
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