DRUMMER LEAVES DREAM THEATER; GROUP SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE
After twenty five years, Mike Portnoy has announced his departure from Dream Theater. A statement on his
facebook page reads in part:
"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...
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..."
Click here to read the full statement.
In the wake of Mike Portnoy’s announcement that he is leaving Dream Theater, the remaining members of
the band have issued the following statement about the matter:
“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.” – Dream Theater
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