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Dream Theater’s Drum Dynamo Mike Portnoy Returns to Rock the Stage!

In some thrilling news for fans of progressive metal giants Dream Theater, the band has officially announced the return of drummer extraordinaire, Mike Portnoy.

Portnoy, who co-founded the group with guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung back in 1985 at Berklee College of Music, is set to reunite with his old pals along with long-standing members James LaBrie (vocals) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards).

This exciting development marks a significant moment for the band, as they’re gearing up to hit the studio for their 16th studio album, the first with Portnoy since 2009’s “Black Clouds & Silver Linings.”

As Portnoy rejoins the Dream Theater lineup, the band’s recent drummer, Mike Mangini, who stepped into the role following Portnoy’s departure in 2010, will gracefully step aside.

Mangini, always a team player, had this to say about the transition: “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 to help the band carry on.”

Farewell to Mangini and Petrucci’s Perspective

Mangini also reflected on his time with the group, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to perform with these iconic musicians and the rewarding experience of keeping their live shows tight and engaging.

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He thanked the fans, and the crew, and relished in the Grammy win that capped off his tenure. Finally, he shared his well-wishes for the band and the entire organization.

John Petrucci, Dream Theater’s esteemed guitarist, shared his thoughts on the transition, acknowledging Mike Mangini’s incredible drumming.

He expressed his pride in the music they created together, which led to their first Grammy win, as well as the countless magical moments they’ve shared on stage over the past 13 years. Petrucci wished Mangini the very best in his future musical endeavors.

Petrucci was also exuberant about the return of Mike Portnoy, describing the original founding member as a long-time friend and an incredibly talented and creative drummer.

He anticipates that Portnoy’s return will infuse Dream Theater with renewed spirit, passion, and energy. It’s a development that both the band and their fans eagerly welcome.

The prospect of the reunited team rolling up their sleeves and getting back into the studio together left Petrucci visibly thrilled.

A Not-So-Surprising Reunion

Portnoy’s return to Dream Theater might not come as a total surprise to many. In 2020, he made a guest appearance on Petrucci’s solo album “Terminal Velocity.”

He has had multiple run-ins with his former bandmates in the past few years. They had never worked together before after Portnoy left the band.

The following year, they also released “Liquid Tension Experiment 3,” the third album by their instrumental supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment.

In 2022, there was a growing suggestion that Dream Theater might reunite. Seeing Dream Theater live for the first time in eleven years, Portnoy went to the concert in March and even spent some time hanging out with the band backstage.

He went on Petrucci’s solo tour later that autumn, which was the first time the two had performed live together since Portnoy’s days with Dream Theater.

The band’s history is about to take an exciting turn with Mike Portnoy’s return to Dream Theater, and fans are eager to see what this new lineup has in store.

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