I'm Jake and I live in Vegas. Been a fan since Six Degrees came out and haven't stopped listening to them since. I'm 28 and a single father. I first heard Dream Theater on an internet video as background music someone had chosen for a video game. After that it was love at first listen (first song I heard was The Great Debate).
28 and been a fan since six degrees (I think I was 19 or 20 when it came out).
I love the DT shows, the fans are so much more mature than the average show. I went to see A7X cause of Portnoy (and I like some A7X stuff) but the fans were f*ing insane. All high school / hot topic kids trampling over one another. Was f*ing ridiculous. I left the front pit area and walked to the back. I'm in shape and built pretty decent (2 times P90X grad) but the crowd was just f*ing stupid. I couldn't even enjoy the show. My girlfriend is short and she couldn't even breath between all the people. DT fans are so much better than that trash. And the best thing about DT fans is they're all "real" fans who know the whole discography for the most part and you can have mature conversations with them about DT and what not. Awesome stuff.
Just take a quick road trip somewhere nearby then if they're not in AZ. I live in Vegas which DT hardly ever comes to so I make road trips to California all the time. Matter of fact this coming Sunday I'll be heading to LA to see their second show ever with Mangini in the states! =D
Can't wait to see you this coming Sunday in LA!
We can all beat around the bush and dress it up however we like but the bottom line is this. Portnoy is a great drummer yes, but he erred greatly when he left Dream Theater to try and get into A7X. We can all deny it's true but we all know the fact is he DID WANT to get into A7X. Even A7X addressed the issue saying in interviews Portnoy made it sound as if he wanted to be a permanent member which was never their plan. I remember in one interview with Eddie Trunk Portnoy even responded to a question "what will you do now that you're not in DT" and he replied "Well, I'm a drummer without a band and A7X is a band without a drummer so right now we're gonna see where that goes."
Well guess what? That road ended in a pile of shit and when it did he tried to get back into Dream Theater. What was the members of DT supposed to do? Tell Mangini to try and get his job back. Tell Mangini "Oh we were just kidding, Portnoy wants back in!" HELL NO! They all went through considerable pain as artists and basically family members of Portnoy. They were brothers and Portnoy was the one who turned his back trying to get into a mainstream studio polish band.
Then he says "I tried to get back in but they said no, actually JP's lawyers had to tell me!" Well of course! He tries to make it sound like DT are the villains for not letting him back in.
And now Portnoy is trying to sue? Well I'm sorry Mr. Portnoy that your Adrenaline mob shows can barely get into the 100's (with some in California allegedly having less than 100, hence the reason they cancelled the Vegas show, unless you believe the tour bus not working bull sh*t). You f*ed up. You left your brothers with your lame excuses of "We need a break." 5 years is a f*ing long time to sit on your hands especially when all 4 other members of the greatest band ever are so eager to hit the studio and continue doing what they love to do.
My theory is Portnoy ran out of money and needs to generate some extra cash.
This has been a dramatic turn of events, but DT has moved on, and Portnoy is playing the drama queen card. I've been a die hard DT fan since Six Degrees. I balled my eyes out uncontrollably when Portnoy left and tried to believe it was for the reasons he said (although now I don't believe them anymore). But this is crossing the line. I have no feelings for Portnoy anymore, he's dead to me.
Maybe he should write another AA suite series of songs about whoring yourself out to other bands and resisting the "tempation" to go mainstream and sell out your friends, family and fans.
Have fun "waiting in the depths of isolation" Mr. Portnoy. You've lost me as a fan, amongst many more I'm sure.
(And saying "I can't talk about it cause of legal reasons" DOESN'T FUCKING CUT IT! STEP UP TO THE GOD DAMNED PLATE AND TAKE A LITTLE OWNERSHIP OVER YOUR F*ING MISTAKES!