Dream Theater Not Returning Mike Portnoy’s Calls, Emails

Mike Portnoy

I spotted this over at Blabbermouth a minute ago. Apparently, Mike Portnoy — the former drummer for Dream Theater, who left the band to hit the road as Avenged Sevenfold’s touring drummer, only to have that band dump him — can’t get any of the dudes in Dream Theater to respond to his emails or calls.

Asked about the status of Ytsejam Records, Dream Theater’s label imprint which the group has been using for years to release official bootlegs of live recordings, Portnoy — who basically ran the label — claims he doesn’t see any future releases coming from Ytsejam (majesty, spelled backwards) any time soon.

“Being I have the entire 25-year archive of every studio and live recording from 1985 to 2010 in my home, and being the band currently refuse to answer my e-mails or calls, I honestly can’t see any upcoming releases,” he says. “It’s a shame, too…I was already working on another batch before all of this went down…”

In a recent interview, guitarist John Petrucci said he didn’t feel the label would be affected at all by Portnoy’s departure.

“I have no idea why John would have said Ytsejam Records wouldn’t be affected…I was the one that handpicked and decided on every title, compiled the music and videos for the CDs and DVDs and oversaw the artwork and liner notes. John’s side of the Ytsejam Records production team consisted of dealing with the manufacturing factory and staying on top of the payments and deliveries after I produced all of the titles…”

I think I might smell a lawsuit.

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