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Drummer Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater

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Drummer Mike Portnoy, who has been working with Avenged Sevenfold since the death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, has now issued the following announcement about parting ways with Dream Theater:

"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"

UPDATE: Read Dream Theater's statement here.

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1. ? writes:

WHAT THE f***

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

HOLY FU(KING SH!TBALLS!!!!!!

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. NW_MetalHead writes:

What!!!!???? Is this real?

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Absolutely shocking.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Gabe writes:

Now why the f*** do you show a picture of A7X on an article about Portnoy. A7X has NOTHING to do with this, and it's stupid crap to post a pic of something that has nothing to do with the article...A7X will never deserve Portnoy...

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed's evil twin writes:

Oh Gabe... I think what you meant to say is that you're cramping, eating chocolate like a feind and can't find anyone to come over and watch "Eat Pray Love" with you so you can have a good cry together.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Chazz writes:

Holy sh**. I was hoping this wasn't true. Dream Theater will never be the same without Mike.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RememberMetal? writes:

wait what...?

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

Wow would have never see that coming! Fair enough for the other guys to carry on playing DT though - they've got families to look after too.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

Well I'm glad I got to see them at prog nation last summer and again this summer, with Iron Maiden

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. kallah writes:

Holy. F*ck.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. b-ry writes:

noooooooooooooo!!! wow this sucks soo much ass..another reason to hate avenged sevenfold

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Eric J. Bitterman writes:

So sad. I hope this is a sick joke. No Portnoy, no Dream Theater.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. btbamfav20 writes:

I'M SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

f***ing idiot! I hate emo's even more now! they have stolen the f***ing progressive metal drum god!!

i think i might actually start praying now. pray, that all the emo kids will now cut up the street and not across the road for once, and rid the world of their need to steal real music!!!

a$$holes! they've corrupted mike! damn them!

NP: Repangaea - Cephalic Carnage

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Julli Roux writes:

This is nonsense...

There's nothing on their official page.

Probably some stupid kid hacked his password at facebook and twitter.

f***ing emos...

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. shno writes:

call me a p***y, but i am heartbroken. wow. DT has been a part of my life for years...unreal

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Progressivity_In_All writes:

If it is true... DT are stupid to think someone can fill Portnoy's shoes.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Rey writes:

Who gives a f***? Overrated drummer who thinks he has to flash every trick in every song, f*** 'em.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. xDecapitation writes:

i couldn't believe it...so I checked Portnoys website and Dream Theaters site and there is absolutely no mention of it, but on blabbermouth there is an article on this as well...

I can't believe this, it must be fake.

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. screwyoua7x writes:

he better not be the perm drummer of A7x...........but damn, DT is such an awesome band! I wouldnt ever leave

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. MetalByNumbers writes:

Give the man credit for sticking with the same band through thick and thin for 25 years, touring the world, making numerous records, and being an extremely influential drummer.

This is coming from a drummer, and we drummers need change sometimes. It's not that A7x was giving him something DT couldn't, he was just getting tired of the grind that comes with being in such a huge famous band. There were times when I changed my style of playing when I felt like it was getting old.

Don't hate on this man for being on the pursuit of happiness. He's doing what makes him happy, and I think every man or woman in the world has the right to whatever they need to do to make themselves happy.

I wish Mike Portnoy the best of luck in his future endeavors, and he is incredibly talented. *Remember, you have to be pretty damn good to get all these buttsore kiddies to call you "over-rated"

# Sep 8, 2010 @ 11:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. b.bristowe writes:

I'm happy as Long as Mike Portnoy continues to play as well as he has and doesn't do any (more) faggy work.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Trendkill91 writes:

Wow, Mind Fvck!

That's crazy,man!

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 12:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Johnny Sillers writes:

Johnny Sillers. Hands down best drummer on youtube. search Johnny Sillers and watch him play Metropolis note for note and the YYZ solo!!! Johnny Sillers!!

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. kpura33 writes:

Portnoy actually said that he had more fun playing with his side bands Transatlantic, Hail!, and even A7X. He just wanted a break from DT and the band wanted him full time, so I can undersatnd Portnoy wanting to take a break, I really didnt expect him to ACTUALLY leave Dream Theater, that's a shame

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. MJman writes:

Portnoy is right. The band really does need a break to recharge themselves creatively. Have needed it for some time now. Good call on his end if the rest of guys don't get that.

He will be back in an album or two

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. METAL213 writes:

This is such a shock. I'm glad I got to see him with DT this summer with Maiden. Good luck in the future Mike

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Israeleet writes:

I am in tears right now. I can't believe it. Dream Theater has been ruined.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. higher writes:

I swear,I want KILL him...Im seriously...

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 2:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. ZMA writes:

Then you'd be just as bad as the dude who killed Dimebag "higher". But yea that sucks that he left the band. I don't really listen to them that much but I think the band should've just went on a break for a bit, I mean I'm sure they have the money to not work for a while.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 2:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. kool_ambo writes:

MY Nutbolts of my body is f***ing loosen when i read this column!!
f***ing Speechless!

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. MetalBro4Life writes:

Relax, people, if Chris Jericho's tweet is to be taken seriously, he implies that possibly Portnoy was fired and didn't actually quit the band. Mind you Jericho is a friend of Portnoy so he may have let the cat out of the bag by accident.


Says Jericho (@iamjericho): DT is one of my favorite bands. But they have made a huge mistake....
TwitBird • 9/9/10 2:48 AM

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. DT-fan1992 writes:

Damn.. I wasn't expecting this..
September 8. 2010, the day Dream Theater died...

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. WOLF7 writes:

Sounds good to me.
Hopefully we can get rid off Dream Theater altogether now.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Arnian writes:

No big deal. Transatlantic was always more interesting anyway.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. helldwell writes:

Such a fantastic news!

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 4:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. hilzzy writes:

hm.....i never really got into Dream Theater but i do own the album Scenes from a Memory and i like it quite a bit

oh well

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 6:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. 5 minutes alone.. writes:

To all those who wrote against A7X....First of all you better eat your own s*@$...A7X has nothing to do with it... MP only decided by himself...I know DT is a great band as well A7X of its time..MP is playing temp. as A7X late drummer has a great influenced to him..And MP is just paying a tribute...And facebook shows A7X picture because he's playing for the time being...But hope MP is taking a break and he'll be coming back again.."RIP Jimmy Rev"

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 6:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. wpf7 writes:

Sellout!

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 6:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. AndrewWK writes:

these are the best news i've heard all year! good for you Mike! DREAM THEATER SUCKS! yea i said it....

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 8:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. n0thinghead writes:

wow, completely left field man. but hey, at least he didn't leave dream theater FOR a7x >.> wish him nothing but the best of luck and hope for happiness for him. he's one hell of a drummer and he deserves a fvckin' break.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 8:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Better off without him... writes:

Maybe DT is better off without Mike ... Mike is an incredible control freak and maybe the next DT album could benefit from a more "loose" writing and recording process ..

While not a bad album "Black Clouds..." was not a masterpiece ..

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 9:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. TheIronMan writes:

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# Sep 9, 2010 @ 9:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Pfft writes:

Boring drummer leaves boring band to join boring band.

Yawn.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Anchit writes:

see them play live is my greatest dream, 'guess itll never happen:(

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. metalkick writes:

Now wht?????????????

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Jackal writes:

Well I now hate Avenged Sevenfold with a passion. If Mike Portnoy is permanently staying with A7X then I'm going to be p***ed. How dare they steal such an important member of DT for their sh**ty music. The Nightmare album sucks ass.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Raven Rose Lyness writes:

This story has nothing to do with A7X. I quote this from Mike Portnoys official facebook and the same thing was on his official website as well:

'Mike Portnoy - I BEG of the fans to please NOT hold A7X responsible for MY decision...they are just as shocked as you guys..I had been contemplating this and desiring a "break" (not split) as long ago as last year...everything else is fully explained in the press release...thank you all for your support and understanding...this is the hardest thing I've ever done... : ('

So please, take your assuming minds elsewhere and check your facts before posting comments.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Puckettjp2 writes:

u gotta be kiddin me...

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. dmasa writes:

SELLLLLLLLLOUTTTTTTTTT

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. Danihell writes:

He's got the right to do that. I'm a long date Dream Theater fan and got shocked with this bomb, but what to do? I can only wish luck for both band and Mike on their forthcoming paths.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. Rychemn writes:

Truly grateful for at least seeing them twice in my lifetime with my two favorite bands.....Queensryche ( Tribe tour) and just this past year with Iron Maiden......this comes as a real shock and sounds like he is not planning to return.....not anytime soon, but you never know...we'll see a few years from now......very sad indeed!!!!

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. Chains writes:

Is this due to him feeling "old" now or something? Why would you join a rock boy band like this when you are capable of writing any kind of music and getting together so many other musicians....

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. metalrox555 writes:

Trying.to.resist.comment.about.how.boring.Dream.Theater.is.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 2:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. Spaz486 writes:

Although blown way and saddened by the news, I can respect his choice to depart. In my my opinion he has got to be one of th hardest working men in RocknRoll and he just needed a break.
DT has long been a major influence on me and their music has inspired and driven me for years. I am sure that they will continue to create masterpieces just as they always have. I am interested to see who they will find fl Mike's shoe (they are deffinatly big shoes to fill). Not only was mike the single most amazing drummer on earth but he was part of the creative vision of the band. This will be inteesting.
To Mike: My hat is off to you brother....good luck on what is to come on yur journey. You will be missed.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. The_Passenger writes:

Wtf hes the only reason i got into dream theater but all good things must pass it was hes choice even if it wasnt the best one. Now the only drummers i can think of to fill hes shoes is Danny Carry (tool) Terry Bozzio (Zappa) or Neil Peart (Rush) and even then it would be weird this is just very disappointing but i wish Dream Theater and A7X the best....

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. Elliott writes:

I wish Mike the best, but i still wish he didn't leave. Kinda p***ed at the others in DT, i would have much prefered a hiatis than Portnoy leaving... still would have been p***ed, just slightly less.

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58. Todd writes:

Finally. sh**. I f***ing hate Mike Portnoy.

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. ThrashattheHeart writes:

wow, go play with some more poser bands.

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60. darkrayne writes:

I just heard this on Liquid Metal XM.. about drove my car into a tree ! i just hope he dont stay with A7X . He is so much better than that .

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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61. LW writes:

C'mon, I love DT, I think Portnoy is one of the best drummers out there, but when it comes to songwriting Petrucci is the soul of the band. I mean, Change of seasons lyrics and song is bad ass, but the best of times is like... is like... i don't even listen to that. Like Mike said once, he was good at writing hate/dark and not love songs... I was pretty shocked but now that I can think clearer about it, i don't think thats going to be such a big deal after people start leaving the "cult aura" behind... I really hope DT bring something different, like I&W, SFAM or 6DOIT

# Sep 9, 2010 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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62. DT sucks anyways writes:

You guys really need to get some taste in music. DT is progressive trash metal. TRASH. Open your ears, get your tampons out, and realize that the band was/is/and forever shall be horrible. Down with Dream Theater, and down with Portnoy.

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63. wow writes:

@fresh fist... A7X was a mediocre metalcore band at best, and now they are hardly even metal. When you're older than 12 you'll appreciate good music.

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64. Dont kill him writes:

I think I understand Myung, Petrucci, Labrie and Rudess about Mike´s attitude. And I understand that Mike want to try something new. But I think that Mike is selfish about playing with other bands. In somehow, He dishonor DT. But they have make a choice that Im not comfortable. Respect for Portnoy, Respect for Myung, Respect for Petrucci, Respect for Labrie and Respect for Rudess.

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 3:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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65. decapitator94 writes:

such a shame.... i hope this is just a phase or something, and Portnoy goes back to DT...

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 4:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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66. wilco writes:

what now??????????????
mike he is dt
so do think they beter call it quit
he did write most the music is it?
sucks that he left
wel we could be mad but f*** its his decision

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 5:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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67. hater_guy writes:

yeah right, he left DT because he saw how he can get more chicks with Avenged. nah i dunno..

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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68. WOLF7 writes:

Come on now...
Portnoy put up with Dream Theater for 25years!!
TwentyFive f***ing Years!

I can't put up with Dream Theater for 25 seconds.

Mr. Portnoy, sir, I salute you.

But seriously, just think; 25years. That's 7 years more than kids want to live these days and 24 years more than the length of an average marriage nowadays.

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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69. kevinster writes:

For:Mike Portnoy sir its awful 25 years of rocking the rock stage now your leaving dude we will miss you and beside even the dream theater can hit the stage with out we will still seeking for you drum kicks

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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70. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

HOLY sh**!!! say wut u want about dt but mikes an amazing drummer. i hope he doesnt stay with a7x that would suck, he would destroy everyone else in the band though

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 11:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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71. HAHAHA writes:

Dream Theater sucks ass...I hope he did leave to play full time for A7X.... After all we have to keep the good bands alive and let the old ones flounder out like they should have 24 years ago.

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72. JFerg writes:

I absolutely have no idea why everyone here is hating on Avenged Sevenfold. They did absolutely nothing wrong - it was Portnoy's decision ON HIS OWN to leave Dream Theater, and he doesn't mention anything about Avenged Sevenfold except for having briefly worked with them, along with a couple other bands - all of which he found to be a breath of fresh air FOR HIMSELF. Avenged Sevenfold did not force him to make this decision, and I know if you're a Dream Theater fan, you KNOW that Portnoy could not be persuaded or forced to make such a huge decision. It was his own doing, so backoff of Avenged Sevenfold.

As for Avenged Sevenfold not being worthy of Mike Portnoy, all I have to say is that it is NOT Avenged Sevenfold with Mike Portnoy, and it is NOT Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy. Personally, I adore both bands, and it does suck that Portnoy is leaving Dream Theater. But that's no reason to go pointing fingers at a band that has nothing to do with Portnoy's decision about leaving.

P.S. One of The Rev's biggest heroes/influences was Mike Portnoy, which is why he was asked to record the album with Avenged Sevenfold. Just so you know.

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73. Cob writes:

Danihell exactly covered my views. Good luck to the Band and to MP!

Also... quit blaming Avenged. They are completely innocent here.

Also(again)... I love DT and I loved their newest album BUT I do hope that they might get back in touch with John Myung's impressive writing talent as well as possibly adding more JR.

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 4:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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74. Metalheadx101x writes:

Dreamtheatre was a fvcking amazing band! And you leave them for what? Avenged Sevenfold!? IDIOT.

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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75. DT Haters writes:

All of you Dream Theater haters really need to shut the hell up. You're all just as bad as all of the Avenged Sevenfold haters.

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 10:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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76. Trendkill91 writes:

It shows douchebag! Crawl back in your mother vagina. You were only there not long ago. Get to know music before you comment. You sir,are a jackass!

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 1:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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77. yanuardias writes:

sullivan=mike portnoy

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 7:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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78. metalrox555 writes:

I should just throw out there that I am not one of the people here blindly insulting Dream Theater most likely to troll and feel good about themselves. I don't even hate them. I just don't find them that exciting and very overrated.

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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79. decapitator94 writes:

CAPS LOCK MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A DOUCHEBAG!!!! lol

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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80. progkid 2010 writes:

terry bozio can do the job

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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81. Daniel_p46 writes:

DT and A7X are both great bands and I respect Mike's decision 100% and he will never regret his choice to leave DT. I hope he stays with A7X through out the rest of his career and doesn't look back. I don't hate DT but I love A7X and that's just my opinion. I think DT sounds like a bad RUSH wannabe band. A7X is NOT emo. They're way too talented to be an emo band. Plus they don't sing about how bad their mom's and dad's treated them when they were younger. That's it in a nut shell... Good luck Mike, good luck DT, and Good luck A7X!!!

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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82. Elliott writes:

@ #82 shut up dumba**. Everyone has a right to there opinion, you obviously don't like DT, and I'm ok with that even though i am a DT fan, but i'm really geting sick of your dumb bulls***! You must really have no life if all you do is comment on news about a band you hate. Find somthing better to do in your days besides trolling and Masterbation, perhaps try getting some musical taste, that way you can finnaly get rid of that boner you have for the SUB-PAR band (imo) that is A7X.

you want respect, try showing some.

P.S. your general taste in music is deplorable at best.

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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83. paulrichard writes:

wow this is very disappointing but i cannot blame mike at all DT has exhausted him and hes burnt out. i wish him well i personally think Avenged 7 suck ass, its whiney little b**** music. mike is so much better than what they are doing. i hope this is a phase.

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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84. paulrichard writes:

holey freakin crap i just saw a picture of avenged sevenfold GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY MIKE,....WHAT THE F U C K IS WRONG WITH YOU These guys are frigging poseurs. o my god they are so f ***king queer looking i have to go and vomit.

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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85. Does this dude know something we don't writes:

^^^^^^^^^^^^Amen brother speak the truth^^^^^^

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 12:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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86. Trendkill91 writes:

God, if he was real. He would remove you from this world for being soo damn stupid. What ever happened to common grammar? Oh that's right. Fanboys for avenged dont need to be smart because they think they are better then everyone else. I get is M. sh**mouth put food in his a$$ and asked you to eat it. You would! You little puppet, poser, pathetic c*** eating mother licker!

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 12:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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87. metalrox555 writes:

I guess a lot of people on this site haven't heard of the phrase "Don't feed the trolls" -_-

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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88. Trendkill91 writes:

I like to argue with this assmunch. Oh well. This kid needs to learn some repecf before he talks.

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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89. travlow1 writes:

Wow I havent been here for a couple of days and I'm missing out on all this crazy talk from avenged 7folds #1 fan fresh fist in your face. What the fvck kind of name is that? Holy sh** are you for real? I haven't laughed so hard at the sh** this kid is writing. Dude you have no idea what metal or even what decent music is. Boy you need a serious beat down. You sound like the biggest turd nugget I've heard in a long long time. You know I'm 34 and I like the kind of heavy metal or metal whatever you wanna call it. Everything from thrash to death, speed even glam. I love it all I don't just come on here and claim ax7 is all there is in life. You really need to get a life and get out of your little lair you call a room and lose that whole emo culture. You sound very emotional. You should be the poster child for that whole emo lifestyle which by the way is the most lamest term ever used. It makes me so glad I was banging my head hard in the 80's when music meant something. Sorry for wasting peoples time by writing so much but this tool needs to be shot. Go fvck your wanna be girlfriend which I'm sure is your mom no doubt. Everyone please unleash and unload on this fvck stick please. Thank you for your time.

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90. Pissed off writes:

F***ING F*** S*** OH MY F***ING GOD!!

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 4:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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91. utoad9 writes:

Everyone should keep this news in persoective. While MP is a great drummer,and an important part of DT,he , alone is NOT DT. He can and probably will be replaced. It will be interesting to see how the new drummer handles the music and the pressure. Embrace the change (and enjoy it).

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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92. Elliott writes:

Wait.... you think HE is a poser, kid, you know s*** all about metal, you actually use "KOOL" in your posts, and you are aparently to much of a r****d to know how to turn off the CAPS function.

You call us narow minded, but it seems like all you ever listen to is a7x. I listen to over 100 different bands, with very different styles, and not all of them are metal. But your right i'm the narrow minded one (sarcasm).

P.S. Learn Grammer!

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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93. Trendkill91 writes:

This kid just likes sh!t in his coffee. He wants us to get angry so he can be a d*** all over again. Which I think is funny,because he looks plain stupid trying to be "KOOL" . This kid needs to join the A7x fanclub and talk to your other queer mates that know nothing about music and a little about emo fashion. Now, pull your prick out of your ears and listen. Tell some one who gives are flying fvck about how great you and your little a7x tribe is.

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 8:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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94. Trendkill91 writes:

Poser!

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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95. ASpaceMan writes:

89 and 90 are the same person. That's something that has never happened before from an A7X fan. (sarcasm)

# Sep 12, 2010 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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96. travlow1 writes:

Geez he's still on here goin on about this a7x bullsh**. Dude give a rest no one here wants to hear about your gay ipod collection or better yet your horrible taste in music. so please do us all a favor and get on the teeny queeny chat site dedicated to that horrible sh** you call music. No fvck off for good poser.

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97. chanif writes:

i'm so sick

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98. ATDAWNTHEYSLEEP writes:

I cant believe this circus over a band that somehow has made it 25yrs.....Mike P is a great person, song writer, but he is not even in the top 10 drummers goin today....and i actually didnt think there were this many DT fans ...sorry just stating the truth...and they arent even a metal band to begin with...they will be just fine without him and MIke P has his career reborn...Everyone wins

# Sep 15, 2010 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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99. Arkaea writes:

DT is one of my all time favorite bands. I grew up listening to them. Thier side project LTE was amazing as well.

I can understand why Mike would want to take a break from DT after 25 years. As fans, i would think we all should understand how he feels...........If someone were to listen to the same song over and over for a year, they would get bored of it. Think of A7X and the other projects as listening to a different song to create variety. After a while, Mike may come back with a new passion for DT. BUT remember, mike wanted to take a break to begin with, not leave DT all together; that was the other members' idea because they did not want to take a break.

For all the DT and A7X haters, get over yourselves, both bands have massive amounts of talent. DT has made a name for itself over the years being the pinnacle of Prog music and A7X takes pride on being different than other bands, never making the same album twice. Lastly A7X is NOT an emo band.

Ark

# Sep 16, 2010 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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100. ya mon writes:

dream theater sucks...A7X is simply music homosexuals listen to while having sex...and the trolls here are pretty good...ya mon!!

# Sep 17, 2010 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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101. ExRaided writes:

Jesus f***ing christ. I randomly look on here for the first time in two weeks and I see this and about sh** my pants. Then I realize how long this has been up. Mike's a f***in' monster, I wish him luck. Wherever he goes.

# Sep 19, 2010 @ 3:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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102. four_horsemen writes:

good on him! I think he will re-join though, where he's been comparing himself to many other people who have left the band then re-joined such as bruce d***inson and rob halford, portnoy will be back

# Sep 20, 2010 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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103. ExRaided writes:

I really wish they'd change Sevenfold's picture. This band doesn't dress all f***ing emo anymore. Syn even said "I can't f***ing believe the way I used to dress."

# Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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104. Meat writes:

Thats the internet for you though, once something is on it, you're stuck with it.

Port is a great drummer, and I think playing in Avenged Sevenfold will offer him an opportunity to try out some different styles. Fortunately, I think Avenged is a lot better than their singles (sidewinder, strength of the world, and save me are brilliant).

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