Mike Portnoy: “I Am Not A Member of A7X”
Mike Portnoy has admitted that it would be a ‘tragedy’ if he never got to play onstage with Dream Theater again in the future, following his controversial decision to leave the band last week.
Speaking to Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” show, Portnoy has said: “Honestly, this all was brewing way before Avenged Sevenfold, but Avenged Sevenfold, the experience with them kind of just opened my eyes a bit, as did the Transatlantic tour, and as did the Hail! shows. It just opened my eyes up to what a fresh relationship can be… I don’t know… It’s real tough for me to put in words and I really don’t wanna be misnterpreted. I really don’t want people to think that I left Dream Theater for Avenged Sevenfold — I am not a member of Avenged Sevenfold; I’m just touring them and helping them out, and we’re having a great time.”
“I cannot ever be accused of not having my heart into Dream Theater. I mean, I’ve literally spent 25 years… It’s my baby… I mean, I almost felt like I had to sacrifice myself from the situation so I wouldn’t be holding them back and I wouldn’t be doing something against my will. It’s incredible for me to think that they’re carrying on without me, but I guess that they’re… I used to joke with them all the time. I used to say, “If I ever die, don’t say ‘He would have wanted us to carry on.’ Because I wouldn’t want you to carry on without me.’”"
“The whole thing is as tough for me to swallow as it is for the fans. I feel really bad for the fans, ’cause I spent my entire career making decisions for them and trying to feed the fanbase, and I knew this was one decision that wouldn’t be a popular one with the fans, but for once in my life — for once — I had to do what Mike Portnoy felt was right and not what was best for Dream Theater. It would be a tragedy if I never got to be on stage with Dream Theater again… I’m at peace with (my decision to leave the band) — I really am. I’m depressed and sad and shocked over it, but I am indeed at peace with it, and I think it was the right thing (to do), because I had to follow my heart.”