Mike Portnoy Still Dealing With Dream Theater Fan Backlash

Mike Portnoy

In a new interview I read on Blabbermouth, Mike Portnoy says he’s tired of the haters (like me) who still can’t believe the dude gave up his illustrious post in Dream Theater a year ago because he thought he was going to become Avenged Sevenfold’s new drummer.

“It has been a tough year for me watching Dream Theater fans turning their backs on me, which is unfortunate, because I have been the most fan-oriented artist you’ll ever meet,” Portnoy says. “And during my time with Dream Theater, everything I did was for the fans. So it is sad when I see someone turning his back on me.”

When you left the band unceremoniously, was that for the fans too Mike?

“There is a big number of fans who have been very supportive and for those people I am so eternally grateful and I will continue trying to make them proud fans,” he continued.

Now, Mike’s in a new band called Adrenaline Mob, and “we are actually in the process of find[ing] a record label to release [the band’s debut disc]. We are in the talks with some labels in order to find what is best for this band because it is a very different one and not something like Dream Theater or Symphony X. At this point, we have in mind that the album is going to be out in January 2012. Having the tour slot with Godsmack, we thought it would be a nice introduction to the band to self-release an EP for now.”

Mike added he doesn’t need to apologize for his decisions, and that he is “excited and proud of this band. But I feel that I have to explain and help people to understand that by this EP is not going to sound like a progressive metal band. As long as they leave that expectations aside and take it for what it is, then there is no apologies necessary.”

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