DREAM THEATER - Mike Portnoy ist raus!


DREAM THEATER und Drummer Mike Portnoy gehen zukünftig getrennte Wege.

Hier das Statement der Band:

"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 2010, 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."

Hier das Statement von Mike Portnoy:

"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!)

Your fearless ex-leader and drummer,

"Move on be brave, don't weep at my grave, because I am no longer here...
But please never let your memory of me disappear...."
--- The Spirit Carries On"

Alte Kommentare

von lähn 09.09.2010 11:52

hmpf =( scheisse. was soll aus DT werden ohne MP? Dream theater IST Portnoy.

von mucku 09.09.2010 13:36

der super-GAU! ich stimme lähn zu, ohne MP ist dream theater nur ein viertel so gut. zumindest für mich...

von DrFaust 09.09.2010 13:43

Hab mit DT wirklich eher wneiger zu tun aber die Statements lesen sich ja wirklich interessant! Die Band schreibt nicht wirklich viel zu den Gründen und MP schreibt er wollte nur mal ein Jahr Pause machen und die anderen haben sich geweigert. Da zeigt sich ja schon, dass die Stimmung untereinander ziemlich im Keller gewesen sein muss!

von Vermutung 09.09.2010 13:52

vllt gibts bei Avenged Sevenfold mehr kohle?

von Mastei 09.09.2010 14:49

@Vermutung: Glaube ich kaum. Mit Dream Theater - seiner eigenen riesigen Band verdient er wesentlich mehr als mit einer "kleinen" Metalband. @Topic: Made my day... Dream Theater ohne MP ist kein Dream Theater... Ich leg nun erst mal die "Images and words" auf...

von @Mastei 09.09.2010 20:59

Avenegd Sevenfold als kleine Metalband abzustempeln ist eher falsch. Platz 1 in den Album Charts ist nicht unbedingt Underground. Trotzdem ist DT natürlich "größer" als A7X. Die wahren Gründe lassen sich aber wie bereits DrFaust sagt ablesen. Ich kanns auch verstehen. 25 Jahre mit den gleichen Menschen arbeiten, dann macht man mal was mit anderen und merkt: Hey, ich kann mein job auch mit anderen Leuten machen und habe mehr Spaß dabei". Trotzdem schade für alle Dt Fans

von Mastei 09.09.2010 21:46

Ja, klar deshalb hab ich ja das kleine auch in Quotes gesetzt ;)

von tja.. 10.09.2010 11:21

nach 25 jahren tourleben mal ne pause zu nehmen is glaub ich auch mal angebracht..und wie man auch deutlich rausliest nicht ganz nachzuvollziehen der anderen member...tja mieten müssen auch bezahlt werden..so ist das...

von [klugscheiß] 11.09.2010 08:48

etwas falsches in quotes zu setzen macht es nicht richtig [/klugscheiß] ;) :p