Leaving that band was the biggest mistake of your fucking life. I should know; I have made many in my time, and am an expert at recognizing life-course fuck-ups fairly well now.
But yes, Mike Portnoy — who left Dream Theater because he thought he was going to be Avenged Sevenfold’s next drummer, and has since been in a bunch of shit no one cares about — spoke to some radio station in Chile.
He was there with his band The Winery Dogs.
Asked if he wants back in, Mike said, “Sure. I would do it in a heartbeat.”
I know how he feels.
I have left women over the years and done stupid shit to jeopardize jobs in the past, and man…sometimes I wish I hadn’t. Mike wishes he hadn’t left Dream Theater. This much is clear.
I can spot regret from a mile away, man.
Mike then goes on to say the band’s the “ones that have closed the door on it. I’ve only needed a break, and I’ve had that break. So I’m ready, willing and able. But I honestly don’t think they ever will; they’ve closed their door on it and I think they’re too headstrong in having to prove themselves without me. So I wouldn’t count on it. But my door is always open.”