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This was just posted on his Facebook:

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Wednesday September 8th 2010



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

DT isn't DT without MP. Pretty much going to stop listening to their stuff now. Truthfully, I found each member's solo projects better than DT's new stuff anyway.

Edited by otaku_4_life, 08 September 2010 - 09:27 PM.


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eh, life goes on, they will reunite one day

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QUOTE (DethFanatic @ Sep 8 2010, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
eh, life goes on, they will reunite one day

Yeah, probably.

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LaBrie probably wont find out until the next recording session.
"Who's that guy on drums? Where's Mike?"
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QUOTE (Garamiah @ Sep 8 2010, 09:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
LaBrie probably wont find out until the next recording session.
"Who's that guy on drums? Where's Mike?"

Inb4 they get some horrible, generic drummer to take his place. I will fucking kill myself.

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I really want them to get mark zonder tbh.

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Official press release:
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09/09/2010
DREAM THEATER Press Release
To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness -- regret -- we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike's stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.

While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity -- and in the same musical tradition -- that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us.

Fans and friends: File this episode under "Black Clouds and Silver Linings."As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we'll follow that with a full-on world tour. "The Spirit Carries On."

All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed.


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Why couldn't it have been LaBrie instead.

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QUOTE (Defiled @ Sep 9 2010, 05:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why couldn't it have been LaBrie instead.

As much as I'm not liking Labrie as of late (2007+), you have to admit, he brings a unique sound. Hell, regardless of what members left, the band wouldn't be the same and might as well change their name.

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I think it's a good thing since DT started sucking with metalcore feel and shitty riffs, so Mike can work on good stuff for a change with a better band,like one of his projects, and without their drummer they don't have that much... sure they are all hell of players and such... but still.

Edited by teh_metalizer, 09 September 2010 - 06:09 PM.


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QUOTE (teh_metalizer @ Sep 9 2010, 08:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it's a good thing since DT started sucking with metalcore feel and shitty riffs, so Mike can work on good stuff for a change with a better band,like one of his projects, and without their drummer they don't have that much... sure they are all hell of players and such... but still.

...

You know that it was mainly Mike who was pushing it in that direction, right? And as for a better band, he's probably going to permanently join Avenged fucking Sevenfold, so, no.
Also, are you suggesting that songs like The Count of Tuscany, Wither, and The Best of Times were 'metalcore with shitty riffs'?

As much as it sucks that he's leaving, I'm actually quite interested in where this will lead for the next album. It will be a change of pace for sure.

Edited by TubularLuggage, 09 September 2010 - 07:48 PM.

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Good point, it was actually portnoy that pushed the band towards systematic chaos (bleh) and his shitty growls throughout parts of BCSL pissed me off.

Honestly, they could grow or die out of this, really depends who takes the reins and how they handle it.

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Vote Myung as new manager. Maybe then they'll decide to turn up his bass so it's actually audible
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QUOTE (Garamiah @ Sep 9 2010, 08:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Vote Myung as new manager. Maybe then they'll decide to turn up his bass so it's actually audible

LOL seriously.

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Well, I didn't know he was the one pushing them to do shitty stuff, but again it means a good things he leaves then. I didn't listen to all of their stuff but a lot was boring and with shitty riffs for a band that's praised so much compared to other great metal bands.

When more options are open the chances for a good thing to come from it are better.

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I hope they can reunite one day

Edited by bebasgaya, 20 January 2011 - 12:16 AM.


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DT is looking for a new drummer right now. James said in a forum post that they should have picked one by now. I guess they will wait and see if the new guy is as good as Mike.

Mike will be missed. Although I refuse to listen to Avenge Sevenfold now.
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QUOTE (Knight Fall @ Nov 3 2010, 06:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
as good as Mike.

Not possible.

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QUOTE (otaku_4_life @ Nov 4 2010, 10:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not possible.


:/ he is overrated.




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