Monday, October 10, 2011

VIDEO: Dream Theater keyboardist discusses Mike Portnoy departure

Another video has surfaced with a Dream Theater member discussing the departure of Mike Portnoy and the band’s efforts to regroup, rebuild and move forward.

“It’s been an incredible last twelve months, or so, just getting this machine known as Dream Theater to where we are now,” keyboardist Jordan Rudess tells Brutalitopia. “When we lost Mike Portnoy, it was very intense, it was very emotional: we don’t know exactly where we would end up, but we all knew we wanted to make music. We had a positive vision in mind, and we energized finding Mike Mangini, who’s been just incredible.”

“Then we went into the studio,”
Jordan contines, “I think we made a really good album, and when we go on tour, all I see is happy faces. I think people are just really into the fact that Dream Theater is back, and we’re strong.”

“The important message for everybody out there to understand,"
says Rudess, "is that Mike Portnoy really did want a break and he asked for that, and now he’s got that. Hopefully, everybody will make the kind of music they want to make, and be happy, and we only wish him the very best.”

The band’s new album, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events,” is out and the band are now on the road playing live across North America.

Dream Theater – Jordan Rudess interview

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Dream Theater - Wait For Sleep
Place des Arts – Montreal, PQ – October 7, 2011

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