Mike Portnoy: "Would I play with Dream Theater again? Sure..."

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Dream Theater founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy has said he'd be open to the idea of rejoining his old bandmates for a live show to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.

Speaking on Ollie Winiberg's Heavy Hooks YouTube show, Portnoy, who has just released new album III with his classic rock trio The Winery Dogs, discusses the myriad of projects that he's worked with, before host Winiberg broaches the hypothetical idea of Portnoy reuniting with Dream Theater, who celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2025.

"In 2025 Dream Theater are going to be 40 years old," says Winiberg. "If they were to phone you and say 'Do you want to come and do a live show for our 40th anniversary?' is that something you would do, as a hired gun for a one of show, for their 40th birthday, or is that something you have now put to bed? As you have said many times before?

Portnoy responds: "Um.... I would surely welcome the idea, absolutely and I've told the guys such, depending on the circumstances, because obviously there's a lot of hypothetical circumstances. I don't know if I'd necessarily want to be a hired gun for a band that I formed, you know... But if you're asking would I ever play with the guys again? Sure, if the right hypothetical situation came about, yeah, of course, I'm always open to that."

Portnoy formed Dream Theater, originally known as Majesty, with guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung in 1985 while they attended Berklee Music College in Boston. Portnoy left the band inn 2010 to pursue other musical endeavours.

Portnoy played drums on John Petrucci's 2020 solo album Terminal Velocity and hooked up with his former band mate for the subsequent live dates last year.

The pair also released a third album with prog fusion supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment, LTEIII in 2021, also featuring Dream Theater keyboard player Jordan Rudess and King Crimson bassist Tony Levin.

You can watch the whole Heavy Hooks Portnoy interview here.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.