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Dream Theater Reveals New Drummer Mike Mangini

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Progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have finally announced the replacement for drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the group last year. Taking his place behind the drum kit will be Mike Mangini, who has previously played for Steve Vai, Annihilator and Extreme, amongst others. The third documentary clip revealing the new drummer can be found here.

Vocalist James LaBrie stated the following: "This is one of the most important decisions in our career and sorry to have to make you wait and I'm sure it's been extremely stressful. Nonetheless, we have some news for you and we would like to welcome you to the family."

Dream Theater also posted two previous documentary clips from the drummer auditioning process, which can be found here and at this location.

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1. ABO writes:

After watching the auditions, I'm really not that surprised.

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. WOLF7 writes:

" I'm sure it's been extremely stressful."

Wanna have a second thought about this one?

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 1:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. xFiruath writes:

It's not a drum machine? Lame.

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 1:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

Well, what can I say? This is the best news I've heard for some time.

Now Playing: The D.O.C. - The Formula

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

WHEW!! Thank fvckin god!! 'Stressful' indeed! what a relief, can now lay off the goddamned bloodpressure meds

frikken megalo-jiggalos...ha!

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 2:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

I was still hoping for Watson the IBM super computer hooked up to a drum machine. *sigh* The stress continues.

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 4:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. That_Metal_Dude writes:

man, this dude better be something close to a super computer/drum machine if he wants to be accepted by the dream theater fans... I don't think their fans are gonna forget about PORTNOY so damn fast...

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. synisterocker writes:

This sounds like Metallica looking for a new bassist. I still like Portnoy and dont think this is gonna be the band will be the same.

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 6:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. coldiem writes:

I have to admit I'm quite disappointed that it isn't Marco Minneman. I absolutely love his playing and I think he would do an excellent job with the band, but Mangini definitely seemed like a pretty good fit for the band in watching the auditions. Either way, those guys had a pretty tough decision to make.

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. cynic22 writes:

Marco was killer, But Thomas Lang was the best choice. Then again Portnoy is still the best choice

# Apr 29, 2011 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. SamSlaughter writes:

Another Mike... Lol.

# Apr 30, 2011 @ 8:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. TheIronMan writes:

I wanted Mangini (Mangenie, Mangenious ololololol) to win.

# Apr 30, 2011 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. b.bristowe writes:

I CALLED THIS!!!!

# Apr 30, 2011 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hellrat writes:

and I called this 'SH!T'!!!! :)

# Apr 30, 2011 @ 5:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Hepz writes:

I dnt want portnoy out of the band anyway

# May 1, 2011 @ 2:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I actually really liked the guy from Darkane and was kinda dissapointed that he didn't get the job

# May 1, 2011 @ 12:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BigDTfan writes:

would you idiots let mike join in, this fool isnt nearly as good as mike

# May 10, 2011 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^ He quit the band. Stop sniveling about it.

# May 10, 2011 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. rink rock writes:

thedreamtheater i hopeyou steelexiss in you best music

# May 11, 2011 @ 1:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. KickAssDuke writes:

^^^ I was just thinking that.

# May 11, 2011 @ 10:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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