MIKE PORTNOY’S PRESS RELEASE
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
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
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,
To się podziało. Przy ostatniej płycie miałem już jakieś takie niejasne przeczucia, że coś z chłopakami jest nie tak (płyta bez „tego czegoś” co zawsze charakteryzowała DT, zrobiona nieco na siłe, żeby nie powiedzieć dla pieniędzy). Szkoda. Ale znając Portka da se rade. Tylko co dalej z DT?