Mike Portnoy — who left Dream Theater to join Avenged Sevenfold, who then dumped Mike — has spoken with Prog-Sphere.com and guess what?
He says he’s so much better off without Dream Theater, it’s unbelievable. So unbelievable, in fact, that I don’t believe him.
“I could not be happier,” Mike lies.
“I am, you know, I’m getting to do everything I’ve ever wanted to do, anything my imagination can think up. I’m getting to play with some of my favorite musicians in the world, ranging from Russell Allen to Billy Sheehan to Paul Gilbert to Steve Morse. You know, these are all people I admire and respect, and I’m getting to work with them all and make music with them all and getting to do such a wide range… You know, from the metal of Adrenaline Mob to the pop kind of stuff with Flying Colors to… You know, I’ve got this thing with Richie and Billy which is more like a classic-rock power-trio thing.
“So I am incredibly fulfilled, and to be honest, if I had stayed with Dream Theater, in the last two years, I would have made one album and just done one tour with one band, playing that same album over and over and over, but what I’ve done in less than two years, I’ve made six albums and I’ve played live on stage with, I think, ten or twelve bands now. Not only the bands that I am a part of, but I also got to fill-in gigs with Stone Sour, Hail! and Fates Warning and I did the ‘Metal Masters’ gigs with the Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera and Megadeth guys…I mean, it’s the last two years have been maybe the two most creatively fulfilling years of my entire career.”
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