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Dream Theater Drummer Checks In

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Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has posted the following message regarding the end of the Progressive Nation tour with Opeth, Between The Buried And Me and 3:

"Well, I guess all good things must come to an end...

"I am happy to report that the inaugural run of Progressive Nation has indeed been an undisputed success in every respect!

"The ticket sales were great all across the board, the fans all seemed to really enjoy themselves at all of the shows and all four bands had a great time playing together and hanging out everyday and night.

"It all went by so fast....I guess time really does fly when you're having fun!!

"So many highlights and memories....some of the immediate ones that come to mind for me:

* The 'Percussive Nation' drum jam in New York City
* Mikael Åkerfeldt joining DREAM THEATER in New York City for the only-ever (so far) live performance of 'Repentance'
* The fire curtain coming down on OPETH and stopping the show in Miami
* Hearing Joey Eppart's vocal warm-ups everynight (3 has got to write this into a song!)
* James joing OPETH for 'In My Time Of Need' in Tampa
* The non-stop shenanigans throughout everybody's sets at the last show in Tampa (way too many things to mention but a few were: BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME on stage in their underwear during the end of OPETH's set, more fire curtain droppings during 'The Drapery Falls', Mikael Åkerfeldt's new accapella love song for me, 'Mike Portnoy is a Bitch', all three bands opening bands getting completely covered in silly string, cocks drawn all over my drum heads, the golf ball driving range off stage left aimed at our heads throughout 'Take The Time', etc. etc...)

"But most of all, getting to watch three of my favorite bands on the planet each and every night from 10 feet away was what made me smile!

"We had so many friends come down and support the bands and check out the show throughout the tour: Charlie Benante from ANTHRAX in Chicago, Chris and Willie Adler and Mark Morton from LAMB OF GOD in Richmond, Jason Bittner from SHADOWS FALL in Albany, Jim Matheos, Frank Aresti and John Arch from FATES WARNING in Albany/Boston, Rod Morgenstein from THE DREGS in New York City, Richard Christy from DEATH (and 'The Howard Stern Show') in New York City, Ron Jarzombek, Charlie Z and Alex Webster from BLOTTED SCIENCE in Tampa, etc. etc.

"So, now what?

After literally one year (and one day!) on the 'Chaos In Motion World Tour', it's time for a well-deserved break for the DREAM THEATER machine... Myself, John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess will resurrect LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT for five very special shows later this month (we re-learned and rehearsed all of the songs at soundchecks throughout PN08 using BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME as our test audience each day!), and then I will begin work on assembling the upcoming DREAM THEATER DVD for a release later this year....but other than that, it's time to reconnect and spend time with our wives and kids all summer long! (And then when the kids return to school in September, we'll get back to work and enter the studio to begin work on our next album in order to be back on the road by summer 2009!)

"Which brings me back to Progressive Nation.....

"Thanks to all of you great fans, PN08 was such a success that I intend to make this a regular event... My wheels are already spinning (in constant motion!) with a great list of bands that I am already considering for Progressive Nation 2009 — coming to you sometime late summer '09!"

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1. KickAssDuke writes:

NYC was a sick show. Opeth was awesome but DT blew them away.

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Txmetalhead writes:

Mike Portnoy is an arrogant bastard....the music is good - but his attitude has got to go.
Talk about pretenious...you are looking at him.

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. cdp14 writes:

What the hell are you talking about post #2 about Portnoy being arogant and his attitude needs to go.You are a complete moron.You need to go!!!

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 11:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. METAL!!! writes:

I agree with Txmetalhead.
I was at the Tampa show last night (GREATEST f***ING SHOW EVER!!!!) he was kinda being an a$$hole the entire time, Mikael Akerfeldt seemed f***ing pist at him cause of his sh**. he would joke around about him being a f***ing d***, then when he was all serious and giving credit to all the bands when he got to dream theater he named each member and made sure to point out how much of a f***er Mike Portnoy is.....

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 11:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Txmetalhead writes:

To post 4 - that is a bad a$$ story! I am glad some one can see the truth. Just because the person happens to be a "rock star" does not give them the right to be an a$$hole. Corey Taylor was the same way...very arrogant. Neil Peart from Rush is awesome - but you don't see him showing off because he knows he is good, but he is also quite humble. I can actually criticize fukkin' Portnoy because I saw how he behaved at Gigantour..and read some of his articles. He is a an arrogant a$$hole "rock star", who let success go to his head.

# Jun 3, 2008 @ 10:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Nomo writes:

Portney is still a great drummer for progressive rock, and no matter how much of an a$$ he is I'll still love dream theatre. Pert is sick too lol.
If any of us were actual rock stars, we'd get c***y after twenty years too. Not many of the million bands out there last twenty years. In my opinion he has bragging rights.

# Jun 4, 2008 @ 1:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Suffer in truth writes:

And Portnoy is still one of the most OVERRATED drummers ever. If someone doesn't deserve an arrogant attitude, it's him. He's highly NOT innovating, all he does is mathematical bullsh**. Now I respect dream theater, their style and their fans (I really do), but Portnoy should put his 'sticks' where his mouth's at and come up with something to back his attitude up, or change his attitude. I only wish he was confronted with Thomas Haake's playing, who would simply crush him. Or someone like Neil Peart as Poster nr. 5 said (I dare not mention drummers outside the metal genre).

On a side note: c***s on his drumheads? f***ing genius.

# Jun 4, 2008 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. kallah writes:

"I only wish he was confronted with Thomas Haake's playing, who would simply crush him. Or someone like Neil Peart".

That's funny. Mike Portnoy said HIMSELF that there are a lot of drummers that can do better than him.

I do admit that Portnoy can be childish at times (Ass 'n' balls, anyone?), but to call him arrogant is exaggerated. If he's having a blast doing his crazy antics onstage, why prevent him from doing it?

# Jun 4, 2008 @ 9:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Renegade writes:

DT & 3 manifested the high level of musical talent in Metal . However the musical mix of Opeth and the Buried & Me lacks musical senergy!! That is, Opeth would better fit with in the musical mix of systems of downs , Motor heads etc not with DT. Owesome DC Concert. See You Soon.

# Jun 14, 2008 @ 10:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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