Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy attended the group’s live performance on March 4 at Beacon Theatre in New York City.
It was the primary time Portnoy witnessed his former bandmates carry out stay since his exit from the enduring progressive steel outfit greater than 11 years in the past.
In line with DREAM THEATER followers who attended the present, singer James LaBrie gave Portnoy a shoutout from the stage and Mike waved. A number of followers additionally took footage of Portnoy on the venue, with Mike and his spouse reportedly watching the efficiency from close to the Beacon Theatre soundboard.
The following day, Portnoy shared a number of backstage photographs from the live performance and he included the next message: “After 36 years, I lastly obtained to see my 1st DREAM THEATER present final evening! It was an exquisite night and it was such a pleasure to spend time with my outdated buddies once more”.
Requested in a brand new interview with Pete Pardo of Sea Of Tranquility what it was like for him to see Portnoy on the New York live performance, DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess stated (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, Mike and I’ve been buddies [in the years since his departure]. Nothing actually interrupted that. There was positively a tough interval, however that is apparent. It was nice. It was courageous of him.
I am certain it took some — I do not know what the phrase is — some braveness, or no matter, to place himself in that place, ‘trigger it is somewhat awkward, particularly ‘trigger there have been some totally different guys with totally different conditions occurring, totally different relationships. So he was, like, ‘I am going,’ and I believe it is superior that he did that. And it meant so much — it meant so much to everyone.
It meant so much to all of us, and it additionally managed to easy out a number of the relationships, as everyone is aware of; you see the whole lot on-line. However it was nice to see him. And I am so glad he got here. And it should be cool to go see a DREAM THEATER present. [Laughs]”
Final month, LaBrie informed Sonic Perspectives that it was “nice” to reconnect with Portnoy on the New York present. “The factor is that you simply get to some extent in life the place you have gotta… You may’t carry round that. Do not carry round hate; do not carry round negativity,” LaBrie stated. “We carried it round far too lengthy, so far as I am involved, and it did not serve any function; it simply served frickin’ division. It was very divisive and really damaging.
“So, it is nice to be again,” James added. “We’re speaking to at least one one other, we’re chatting and all that stuff. And that is the sort of world that I wanna stay in versus negativity, hate and frickin’… It is simply not value it. It is not value it.”
Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER 37 years in the past, abruptly stop the band in September 2010 whereas on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been changed by Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, STEVE VAI).
Portnoy was a visitor on DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci‘s second solo album, “Terminal Velocity”, which was launched in August 2020 by way of Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The effort marked the primary time Petrucci and Portnoy recorded collectively in over a decade, in addition to their first time enjoying collectively since Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER.
In a 2017 interview with Rockhok, Portnoy insisted that had “no longing to reunite” with DREAM THEATER however stated that he would return to his former band “for the followers.” He defined: “The ball’s of their court docket, to be trustworthy. I’ve no longing to reunite with them; it is not one thing I essentially am seeking to do or need to do. I am very content material with all the eighty-seven bands I at present have going, so it is one thing I want.
However I might do it for the followers, as a result of I am a really sentimental individual and I’ve quite a lot of nice, fond recollections of these guys and the instances. I am a sentimental man, so I might by no means shut the door on it. So, actually, the ball’s of their court docket, truthfully. [But] in the event you’re asking me the odds [of a reunion happening], I might say, do not wager on it, as a result of I do know their personalities as nicely and I do not suppose they’re the sort which can be trying backwards.”
A few years ago, Portnoy informed Loud that he left DREAM THEATER because he wished to increase his musical horizons. “[I didn’t] need to go to my grave and simply be the drummer from DREAM THEATER” he said. “I knew there was far more to what I needed to provide.”