MIKE PORTNOY On Possibility Of Making Music With JOHN PETRUCCI Again: ‘We Would Both Love It’

Written by on January 1, 2020

Mike Portnoy says that he would “love” to make music with John Petrucci again.

The drummer commented on the possibility of working with his former bandmate in DREAM THEATER just a couple of weeks after Portnoy took to his social media to upload two photos of him and the DREAM THEATER guitarist, along with their respective families, at what appeared to be the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Asked in a new interview with Myglobalmind if there are any plans to ever work with Petrucci again, Portnoy said: “We would both love it. We are a great team of 25 years as we were co-captains of DREAM THEATER and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT. I would also go out with him on the ‘G3’ tours.

“I look back at the relationship we had, and it was very special from a drummer-guitarist relationship,” he continued. “You can see that with Lars [Ulrich] and James [Hetfield] of METALLICADimebag [Darrell Abbott] and Vinnie [Paul Abbott] of PANTERA, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen. I think John and I had that type of partnership.

“We are both at our best and strongest when we work together, and I miss that relationship, Portnoy added. “He and I have a great personal relationship now and get together with our families. It would be a shame not to make music in some capacity in the future. I hope we can.

Asked what he thinks his renewed musical collaboration with Petrucci would sound like, Portnoy said: “If you listen to the first 10 DREAM THEATER albums, that’s what it would sound like. I think that DREAM THEATER and LIQUID TENSION was a nice combination of our styles as well as the other members of those bands. I think John and I both have very distinctive styles. We have written hundreds of songs, so I think it would be pretty obvious what it would sound like.”

Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOREXTREMEJAMES LABRIESTEVE VAI).

After Portnoy posted a photo two years ago of him hanging out with Petrucci, many DREAM THEATER fans expressed hope that it represented a thawing of tensions between the two musicians who had been friends for more than three decades. But John played down the photo’s significance, telling Music Radar: “Mike and I have maintained a relationship and have been friends all these years. Our families are all good friends, and we’ve gotten together several times. That just was the first time we took a photo and posted a photo. [There’s] nothing to read into, other than it’s good to maintain good relationships. That’s really all it is.”

Portnoy told “The Metal Podcast” that he and John had “actually reconnected” in recent years “and gotten together many times and had dinner together with our families.” He added: “The reality is he and I have been friends since the first week in college back in September of 1985, so it’s a relationship that goes back [34] years. And our families are all friends, our wives and our kids are all friends, we all grew up together, and that’s never gonna go away.

“After I left DREAM THEATER, there were some years’ worth of drama and bullshit,” he admitted. “But the reality is you put all that aside and friends are friends and family is family and John and I will always be friends and family.”

Mike told Loud that he left DREAM THEATER because he wanted to expand his musical horizons. “[I didn’t] want to go to my grave and just be the drummer from DREAM THEATER,” he said. “I knew there was way more to what I had to offer.”

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