Marko Syrjala at Metal Rules recently caught up with drum legend Mike Portnoy to discuss his lengthy career and his involvement with Twisted Sister, The Winery Dogs, The Neal Morse Band and Dream Theater. In the excerpt below Portnoy takes on the touchy subject of Dream Theater.
Marko: Have you heard their latest album?
Mike Portnoy: “I won’t talk about, because there is no winning. Any time I say anything about Dream Theater…Honestly, I’d rather not talk about it. Because no matter what I say, it will be twisted and… So I kind of have made myself promise, that I won’t talk about Dream Theater anymore. If you want to ask me about my 25 years in the band, I could talk about that. But talking about them now, it’s a no win situation.”
Marko: I totally understand so can you then briefly sum up your 25 years with the Dream Theater?
Mike Portnoy: “Yeah. I’m proud of everything I did for those 25 years. That was my life for a quarter of a century, my half of life-time. Dream Theater was my baby. I formed it from the beginning, out of college and I lived a life-time with them. So I’m proud of every one of those albums and every one of the shows. I left behind a legacy and there is a lot of people that still talk about seeing me with them. I don’t count on that happening, I wouldn’t count on it. I wouldn’t bet money on it. If it happens, then sure I’m up for it. Because I’m a very sentimental person and I still love the guys and I love the fans. But I surely don’t count on it and I don’t plan on it, and I’m happier than ever with everything I’m doing now.”
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