Portnoy Lengser

DREAM THEATER PRESS RELEASE – Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater

“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.”



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


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!)


Your fearless ex-leader and drummer,


“Move on be brave, don’t weep at my grave, because I am no longer


But please never let your memory of me disappear….”

— The Spirit Carries On


6 Responses to “Portnoy Lengser”

  1. Kristanto Says:

    Sebagaimana comment seorang pemerhati
    di progarchives.com, bagaimana jadinya
    DT tanpa si Portnoy ini, krn selain beliau
    salah satu founder, juga permainan drum-nya
    sangat dominan di hampir tiap lagu DT.
    Sbg fans setia band prog ini, saya berharap
    DT tetap exist, mengingat msh ada jagoan di
    sana, John Petrucci…

  2. Gatot Widayanto Says:

    Mas Kristanto, tak ada gading yang tak retak. Memang sulit cari band yang tetap exist dengan semua personel nya tak pernah ganti atau JARANG ganti seperti Led Zeppelin, Golden Earring, The Beatles, Rush …. Tapi sepertinya sudah alami kalau suatu kelompok (tak hanya band) berkembang akhirnya ada pergantian pemain dan sebagainya…

    Kepergian MP dari DT memang disayangkan namun saya udah gak mau larut dalam emosi seperti saat kehilangan Gabriel dari Genesis dan yang paling meyedihkan saat Fish keluar dari Marillion. Namun Genesis terbukti masih maknyus tanpa Gabriel dengan “A Trick of The Tail” dan “Wind and Wuthering”. AKhirnya baru kelihatan bahwa nyawa Genesis justru di Steve Hackett, bukan Gabriel. memang dua album tanpa Gabriel ini gak bisa ngalahin The Lamb maupun Selling England, namun masih OK punya.

    Yang hancur luluh berantakan ya Marillion …seperti tak punya taring lagi begitu Fish keluar..

    MP memang disayangkan keluar…bukan sebagai drummer sih, sebagai motor band ini. Siapa tahu digantikan sama drummer gila dari The Mars Volta? Ha ha ha …

    Menurut saya, selain Petrucci, Jordan Rudess juga handal mainnya.


  3. Kristanto Says:

    ‘Tul mas, moga2 dalam perjalanannya ke depan,
    gak kayak Marillion setelah era Fish, atau
    juga Pink Floyd pasca kepergian Roger Waters.
    Padahal si MP ini di Transatlantic perannya
    juga gak “sedahsyat” di DT lho …

  4. edigimo Says:

    Biarkan saja Portnoy pergi, apalagi pergi ke Avenged 7X. Semua anggota DT sangat lihay menguasai peralatan yg dipakainya, Dream Theater tetep Theater Impian….

  5. MH Alfie Syahrine Says:

    Nampaknya penyakit para proggers atau rockers itu sama yaitu manakala mereka sudah ngetop lalu bantem didalam dan … hancur !, kecuali Stones .. bukan begitu pak Indrayana?!

  6. Gatot Widayanto Says:

    Betul pak Alfie … Harusnya tetep kompak ya …

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