Mike Portnoy may want to return to Dream Theater, but they don’t want him back.
DT’s James LaBrie has ruled out the possibility of a reunion with the drummer, who bounced when he thought he had a steady thing with Avenged Sevenfold going.
Mike Mangini, says James, “will be our drummer until the day that we finish doing this.”
“That possibility,” of a reunion, he added, “I don’t see it ever happening; it’s not gonna happen.”
So, forget that.
“Mike Mangini is a full-fledged member of the band now, he’s a phenomenal drummer and he’s doing everything that we could possibly want as a drummer in a band. He’s helping us realize exactly what we wanna do right now musically. And he will be our drummer until the day that we finish doing this, when we conclude.
“Mike Portnoy was a big part of our past, but I think that’s where it’s going to remain. He was a drummer from the past,” says James.
“And as far as presently and into the future, it will be Mike Mangini, and we all feel very strongly about that. He’s an incredible drummer, he’s an incredible asset to the band, and he is fulfilling out wildest dreams as far as what we’re doing musically and what we’re doing with each album. So that’s the way it stands.”
Can we all move on now?