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Dream Theater Admits To Having Found A New Drummer In Replacement Of Mike Portnoy

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Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has posted the following statement online, in which he claims the band have now found it new drummer;

"Hey, everyone. Wanted to quickly let you all know what's been happening lately.

"I know that the big question is 'Who is the new Dream Theater drummer?' I also realize that some people are getting frustrated waiting for the news.

"Well, auditions went great and we do have someone but we are spending some time getting everything in order before making an official announcement. Let me just say that we are all incredibly excited about our choice and just bursting at the seams to let the world know!

"The Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a lot of fun and truly an incredible honor. DREAM THEATER is so thankful to the board to be recognized in that way.

"I've been demoing tunes for my next solo record at my home as well as writing and cataloguing riffs and ideas for the new DREAM THEATER album. We'll be in the studio come January which is already just around the corner. Can't wait!

"Been working on and developing a few new signature products which will be released soon. Stay tuned for details. Also, I've recorded a few demo videos for some of the gear companies I endorse which should be available to view soon. The one for the Zoom Q3HD is already up.

"Besides that, just practicing, lifting and taking care of the family.

"Life is great.

"I hope this message finds everyone well and again, thanks so much for the tremendous support."

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1. adace1 writes:

It'll be hard to get used to DT without Portnoy but there are still 4 amazing musicians in the band and I'm sure the new drummer will fit great with them. I don't expect a drop in quality on the next record.

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 5:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. TheIronMan writes:

As much as I love Portnoy, and his work on DT, and taking into the fact that he was the driving force of DT, I am looking forward to this album. A new face means new inspiration, and a new take on an old band.

Whether it is a masterpiece or a failure, this will be interesting.

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 6:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

......and DT's new drummer is......(Drum roll)
LARS ULRICH!!!
LMAO!!!

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 9:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Azathoth writes:

Why do I have the strange feeling it's going to be Peter Wildoer.

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

its gona be hard to fill mikes shoes but i cant wate to hear whos the new guy

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

ha! ha ha Brian.....yessir, i do believe the turd danish would do them cheesed!cks just right!

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Zontar The Munificent writes:

I admit to NOT CARING...

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 12:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. KickAssDuke writes:

Jordison?

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 1:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. btbamfav20 writes:

i hope he can fill Portnoys shoes, cuz they're huge! especially live, where portnoy and petrucci are the leaders of the stage...

NP: Acid Rain - Liquid Tension Experiment

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. greyback writes:

I still can't get over MP leaving DT for A7x....such a low dumb choice...but whatever...

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 3:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. BrianMN writes:

I still can't even imagine who it would be.
It's not like Neil Pert is going to leave Rush or anything.
Portnoy like Pert, is a kung fu genius behind the kit.
There's fast...Tim Yeung, Sandoval etc...
Then there's gifted from birth Pert, Portnoy.
Whoever they get, they better be good.

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. b.bristowe writes:

Watch their pick be Mike Mangini or something.

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Dasher10 writes:

I'm hoping it's Tony Laureno or Gene Hoglan

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. WOLF7 writes:

"I know that the big question is 'Who is the new Dream Theater drummer?'

LOL!!

Right on, guys. A question essential to the future of our planet.. indeed. Like we cannot live without you ?

The "big question"... oh yawn...

# Dec 11, 2010 @ 4:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. metalmagga writes:

The title of this article is worded somewhat strangely...'DT admits to...' as if it is some guilty pleasure. Regardless, I have been looking forward to finding out for a while now, hope they announce it soon. And no, #8, I doubt he has even been considered.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 12:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Fuck_A_Name writes:

their new drummer should be Hellhammer. He's almost due to be replaced with a new drummer in Dimmu Borgir, they only keep guys for like two albums anyways.

Perfect fit for Dream theater.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellcannon writes:

cmonnn richard christy or bobby jarzombek...cmoonnnnn

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 12:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. hellrat writes:

fvckin wolf....classic! :) you're exactly right

brother FAN: even though blomberg is a pretentious goofball, he would NEVER sign up to play with these fvcking trundlers

though i think i get your point ;)

hey, did i mention that this essentially 'tribute band' never had it, and never fvcking will?

i can't fvckin remember :)

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 1:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. KickAssDuke writes:

"hey, did i mention that this essentially 'tribute band' never had it, and never fvcking will?"

Really? How are they even close to a "tribute band"? I honestly think that all of DTs material has been creative and far from anything else in the genre over the years. I respectfully disagree with the label of "tribute band".

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 5:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. hellrat writes:

nah, no worries Duke....

tongue planted firmly in cheek....just some good old fun and games ya know

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Mtlnrs writes:

Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be Tommy Lee: he can freestyle rap, scratch vinyl, and play drums..all at the same time...maybe he could give Dreary Theater the excitement they need

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 11:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. livingDeaDbeat00 writes:

I knew a couple many years ago. The girl broke up with the guy. She expected him to be brokenhearted and cry in his beer. Instead he took it really well, and didn’t seem upset at all. She was so disappointed at how little this man that she didn’t want wanted her that she threatened suicide.

I don’t know why I told that story. It doesn’t relate to anything that’s going on here.

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. hellrat writes:

^ ha!

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. That_Metal_Dude writes:

I'm looking forward to who the new drummer might be... but i do know that whoever it might be, this band is gonna have a whole new feel... and by the way, has any of u guys noticed how happy MIKE PORTNOY looks with a7x? he looks like he is having a blast with those dudes...
i'm happy for him, and as for DT i wish them nothing but the best with their search.

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Not so Happy writes:

no one worked as hard as MP. maybe he deserved a break. seems like $$ talks lound on DT...

anyway... now that it happened.... looking forward for the new album and the tour... love you guys!

# Dec 15, 2010 @ 7:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. txdrummerboy writes:

my prediction ... either John Macaluso or Marco Minneman

# Dec 16, 2010 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. hellrat writes:

get with the times, people....

in light of recent tabloid claims....yer old buddy mikey porknay will in fact be steam creater's 'new' drummer

you watch

# Dec 16, 2010 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. BK writes:

Their new drummer should be the asian dude from Divine Heresy. His speed is and accuracy is unreal!

# Dec 20, 2010 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. btbamfav20 writes:

Mike should come drum for me

HA

# Dec 20, 2010 @ 8:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Aussie fan writes:

I was saddened to hear that Mike Portnoy decided to leave the band, I am however glad that he's wanting to follow his dreams. Weather it takes months or even years i really do hope that Mike goes back to Dream Theater because without him it will never be the same. Follow your dreams and follow your heart...

# Dec 24, 2010 @ 9:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. UmbraGrey writes:

im guessing its... either
Blake Richardson
or
Mike Terrana

# Dec 25, 2010 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. metalrox555 writes:

Meh, I'm sure I will still find Dream Theater boring no matter who drums for them.

# Dec 25, 2010 @ 8:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

it's been my experience with bands that the drummer does NOT make a band. Drummers are there for the background and for making the music have a beat and sound better. They usually don't write the riffs or anything. I think all this drama kind of sucks, but I don't think they'll sound too different. They've had their sound locked in for years, and this probably won't change it.

# Dec 26, 2010 @ 11:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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