MIKE PORTNOY Completes Recording Drums For DREAM THEATER’s New Album: ‘We Are All Blown Away’

Mike Portnoy has completed recording the drums for DREAM THEATER‘s sixteenth studio album. The upcoming effort will mark the progressive metal legends’ first LP since Portnoy‘s return to the band last October.

Earlier today (Saturday, March 30),Mike took to his social media to write: “Today is my last day behind this kit for a while…yes indeed, my drums for #DT16 are done!! But that is just the beginning…work will now continue in the coming months ahead on guitars, bass, keys, vocals, percussion (not to mention writing lyrics, mixing, mastering etc etc)

“I really can’t divulge anything more as we are (purposefully) keeping a very tight lid on any & all info at this early stage…but I will say we are all BLOWN AWAY and sooo extremely excited about what we’ve created! We cannot wait for you all to hear this…but patience, all will be revealed in due time…”

Portnoy co-founded DREAM THEATER in 1985 with guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung. Mike played on 10 DREAM THEATER albums over a 20-year period, from 1989’s “When Dream And Day Unite” through 2009’s “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”, before exiting the group in 2010.

This past January, Petrucci told GuitarWorld.com editor-in-chief Michael Astley-Brown that he and his DREAM THEATER bandmates were “looking forward to” working on new music.

“It’s really exciting to have [Portnoy] back in the band,” John said. “We started the band together. I talked [earlier in the interview] about being 18 at Berklee [College Of Music]; that’s where we met. And we’ve been friends ever since. So, having him back in the band is really special to all of us. I know he’s really excited as well.

“We haven’t started [working on new music]. We haven’t written a note yet, but I’m sure when we get together, it’s just gonna be like old times. So, I’m really looking forward to doing that and diving in.”

Asked where he wanted to take his guitar playing on the next DREAM THEATER album, Petrucci said: “Uh, you know what? To me, making a new record is an opportunity to kind of say, like, ‘All right, what haven’t I done before? What can I do that’s gonna be interesting to me, that’s gonna sort of make me excited?’ And usually, if you start out with that kind of goal, it’ll happen. You’ll come up with stuff. You’ll explore. And I try not to be satisfied right away and try to like just change things up.

“So, I don’t know the answer to that,” he explained. “We’ll find out. But I think what’s gonna be fun is just all getting together in the studio and seeing where things go and kind of reuniting with that sort of classic magic that started the band. It’s exciting. And I think that’s gonna dictate where things go. But on the guitar, man, I don’t know. I can’t wait. I love it. I love being in the studio.”

Portnoy talked about his return to DREAM THEATER last December in an interview with Drumeo. Regarding how he ended up back in the band, Portnoy said: “It’s been 13 years, and I think time heals all wounds, as the expression goes. It’s been many, many years now of kind of rekindling my relationships with the guys, starting with John Petrucci… Maybe five, six, seven years ago or so, we just reconnected. Our families — his wife and my wife were in a band together even before we knew our wives. Our kids have grown up together. My daughter and John Petrucci‘s daughter shared an apartment together in New York for the last five years. So the families were still close. So John and I inevitably reconnected on a personal level. And I guess it really started to gain some traction during COVID lockdown because I couldn’t tour and DREAM THEATER couldn’t tour, so John decided he wanted to do a solo album and he asked me to play on it. So that was the first step, I guess, in this direction. So I played on John‘s solo album. And then a few months later, we did an LTE [LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT] album with, with JohnandJordan [Rudess, DREAM THEATER keyboardist]. So that brought three of us back together. And then the following year I ended up doing John‘s solo tour, and our wives’ band were opening for us. So we had the wives out with us. So it just seemed like it was all starting to come together on a personal level and then the musical level as well. And then I think the final piece was me reconnecting with [DREAM THEATER singer] James LaBrie ’cause James and I hadn’t spoken for over a decade.”

He continued: “I went to see DREAM THEATER play in New York, I guess around 2022, and that was my first time seeing James in over a decade. And literally, I’m not exaggerating, within five seconds of seeing each other, it was hugs, kisses and it was like any of the drama and bullshit that happened during all of those years of the split, it just melted away immediately. And with James and I buddying up again, it kind of just… it began to seem like an inevitability. It wasn’t ever, I don’t think, in either of our plans to eventually reunite. In fact, if you would have asked me this five years ago, I probably wouldn’t have put money on it. But with the developments of everything I just laid out for you, then it started to really feel like, well, maybe this is inevitable. It just seems like we’re in the right place and the right time at this stages of our lives. All those years of DREAM THEATER, we were in our twenties and thirties and forties. And now here we are, most of us in our fifties and some of the members in their sixties, and it just seems like life is too short to not be with the people you love and play the music that is part of your life and your heart and soul. So, yeah, here we are.”

 Portnoy went on to say that he had no hard feelings for now-ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini, who has been publicly very supportive of Portnoy‘s return to the band.

“It was nice to see something like this happen with taking the high road and class and grace and dignity and not a war of words and drama and B.S.,” Portnoy said. “This was really handled so well, and I have to give Mike Manginiall the credit in the world for that, ’cause it’s not easy being replaced. I can’t imagine. He handled it really well, and I guess the things he said were so classy. So, yeah, I was really glad to see how well he took it. ‘Cause I was a little concerned about that. But it couldn’t have come off any better.”

Portnoy noted that he had been “friends with [Mangini] before he even knew any of the guys in DREAM THEATER. He and I were friends in the ’90s when he was still playing in EXTREME and stuff like that and we would do clinics together and stuff,” he said. “So, yeah, he’s an old friend. And I could never get mad at the guy for taking the gig. I mean, how could you not? It was a great opportunity and a great gig. So, yeah, it was nice when all those resentments and all that stuff melted away, because it was a tough couple of years in the start of the split.”

As for Portnoy‘s role during DREAM THEATER‘s new era, the drummer said: “I think that was the one discussion that John Petrucci and I had. We still to this point even haven’t talked about business or money or finances or any of that. It was all about, okay, we know we love each other. We know we wanna play together again. But what is the new dynamic gonna be? Because for all those first 25 years, John and I produced the albums together. We kind of led the band together. I was handling the bulk of the responsibilities and decisions making and things like that. And so when I left the band, I was very much a control freak. And then now the last 13 years or so, obviously they’ve had to re-design their inner structure and how they function, how they work. I think John produces the albums himself now. So it remains to be seen how the ‘new old’ DREAM THEATER will function. But I think we’re all older and wiser.”

He continued: “When I left the band 13 years ago, I was a control freak — absolutely. I’ll be the first to admit it. And I think as time has gone on, I’ve loosened up on all that. All the bands I’ve done over the last 13 years, I’ve had to learn how to compromise, how to collaborate, how to let go of things. I’ve even had these hired-gun gigs with TWISTED [SISTER] and AVENGED [SEVENFOLD] where I just play drums. So, we’re just gonna have to find our feet in the new dynamic. I think there will be many areas that I hope I could regain some control, like writing the setlists, it was always a big one for me. But then there’s other areas that I’m more than happy to step away and not even be involved with. I’d be happy to not write any lyrics again, which is what I used to always write a lot of lyrics back in the day. But I’d be fine with not doing that. It’s a lot of things — designing the artwork or the merchandise. You’ve gotta pick your battles, and I guess we’ll find our feet and see where everybody kind of fits into the structure of the new dynamic.”

Portnoy attended DREAM THEATER‘s concert in March 2022 at Beacon Theatre in New York City. It was the first time he witnessed his then-former bandmates perform live since his exit from the iconic progressive metal outfit 13 years ago.

When Portnoy‘s return to DREAM THEATER was first announced on October 25, 2023, Mangini said in a statement: “I understand DREAM THEATER‘s decision to get Mike Portnoy back at this time. As was said from Day 1, my place was not to fill all the roles that Mike held in the band. I was to play the drums in order to help the band carry on. My main role of keeping our live show working tightly on a nightly basis was an intense and rewarding experience. Thankfully, I got to experience playing music with these iconic musicians, as well as some fun times laced with humor.”

Mangini joined DREAM THEATER in late 2010 through a widely publicized audition following the departure of Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER 38 years ago. Mangini beat out six other of the world’s top drummers — Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Aquiles Priester, Thomas Lang, Peter Wildoer and Derek Roddy — for the gig, a three-day process that was filmed for a documentary-style reality show called “The Spirit Carries On”.

Photo credit: Travis Shinn

Today is my last day behind this kit for a while…yes indeed, my drums for #DT16 are done!! But that is just the…

Posted by Mike Portnoy on Saturday, March 30, 2024


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