Drummer Mike Portnoy Announces He Is Leaving Dream Theater

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

'Tis truly a sad, sad day in the prog-rock realm. On Wednesday evening, drummer Mike Portnoy announced that he's decided to leave Dream Theater, the band he co-founded with guitarist John Petrucci 25 years ago.

"I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write," his statement opens. "After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater... the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century."

He later continues, "Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of Dream Theater 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...."

You can read Portnoy's entire statement at Blabbermouth here.

Today (Thursday 9/9), the band issued the following statement:

"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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