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Dream Theater Comments On Band's Future Without Mike Portnoy

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25 year Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently announced his departure from the band's ranks. Dream Theater's James LaBrie has now issued the following statement about the situation:

"Hi Everyone, Thought I would give you time to digest the news of Mike's departure. Mike stated that he was burnt out with the DT world and needed a break. We have to respect where he is at and where this will lead him at this particular point in time. With that being said, we are more than pumped to continue the legacy of DT and jump full on into the next chapter. Rest assured it will be great. You can count on it.

"On another positive note. Matt and I are psyched with the reaction and reviews 'Static Impulse is receiving around the world. We can't wait until everyone can get their hands on the complete disc. and hear it the way it was intended. I will be around more often to see how you're all doing and to fill you with any and all news. Take care and not long now until the 27th or 28th depending on where you live. Kick it up a notch."

John Petrucci also added: "Obviously you've all heard the news of Mike's departure from Dream Theater by now. I felt it important to open up a line of communication in an effort to kill any rumors and to promote clarity. I love Mike and really hope he's happy and successful in whatever he does. I realize that Mike was always the one to actively stay in touch with our fans, and I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to try to be at least a bit more present on both mine and DT's websites and to let you all know that I am here.

"To me, Dream Theater's story is one of defying the odds, standing for true integrity in music and creating our own success through perseverance and hard work, so although Mike's leaving is heartbreaking, I still look forward to an amazing musical journey that continues on with some of the most talented and respected musicians and composers on the planet!"

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1. MrAran writes:

John Myung: ...

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Bob M writes:

Who will replace Mike Portnoy on the forthcoming album and tour for DT?

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 3:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

^^^ I wonder if Neil Pert is available?
Can't think of one drummer who could take his place.
As much as I love death metal drummers....there's fast and then there's Portney.
Nick Barker maybe...big maybe.
Funny if they got Tommy Lee or someone like that LOLOLOLLLLLLLLL.

# Sep 10, 2010 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. b.bristowe writes:

Hahahaha, the rest of the band will have to catch twice as many mice.

# Sep 11, 2010 @ 1:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. john machinegun whitenton writes:

i am a drummer who has studied mike and dream theater for years love them i will take his place!!!!!

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

im a solid fan of DT . . .with ot without mike il always be a big fan of yours. . .its really sad mike's leaving DT. . .

# Sep 15, 2010 @ 4:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. WOLF7 writes:

One option is, they could stay drummerless. You know, go Ambient.
After all, isn't the idea in Dream Theater's music to put you in a coma?
I think the name DREAM Theater speaks for itself.

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