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Portnoy leaves Dream Theater.

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This is embarrassing, but there was a point in Dream Theater's career when they were kind of in limbo between really gay prog rock and a pathetic attempt at trying to go heavier or something. Anyway, the album Metropolis part II: blah blah blah is really good. The vocals are super cringey at times, but some of the guitar and drum work is really really cool.

As good a guiarist as the boy is I think Portnoy did a lot for that band, can't see the fans liking the new stuff as much without him. I think he wrote a lot of the lyrics as well.

Somebody told me he quit Dream Theater to join Avenged Sevenfold. If true, that is hilarious on so many levels.

Oh dear.

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He didn't leave for avenged sevenfold apparently. I'm just pissed the rest of them are carrying on The name without him. He was Dream Theater.

They had started to slump abit after they signed with Roadrunner records so I wish they just left the name and leave it untarnished.

I am completely bias'd though as Portnoy have been a major influence to my playing, shame it doesn't show haha.

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This is embarrassing, but there was a point in Dream Theater's career when they were kind of in limbo between really gay prog rock and a pathetic attempt at trying to go heavier or something. Anyway, the album Metropolis part II: blah blah blah is really good. The vocals are super cringey at times, but some of the guitar and drum work is really really cool.

As good a guiarist as the boy is I think Portnoy did a lot for that band, can't see the fans liking the new stuff as much without him. I think he wrote a lot of the lyrics as well.

Oh dear.

A vast majority of the songs and lyrics were wrote by Portnoy about his dealings alcoholism and the deaths of family members. Real personal stuff. He was the major player in DT. Meh!

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I wasn't aware of this.

As some of you know already, I am a big DT and A7X fan (yeah, Avenged Sevenfold, deal with it)

I don't think Mike would leave DT to pursue a career with Avenged, especially since he's been with dream theater since the 80's.

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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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That's Mike's comment, i've been lucky enough to meet him a few times, primarily through his work with Transatlantic but he always seemed a nice guy and passionate about dream theater and I imagine he hasn't left lightlly.

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Transatlantic,Hammer Of The Gods,Yellow Matter Custard and Liquid Tension Experiment are all worthy of his undivided attention in my eyes.

Shame he isn't taking part in the project with Akerfeldt and Steve Wilson.

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