Dream Theater Not Open To Reuniting With Mike Portnoy
Dream Theater will be releasing their new self-titled album next month and it is the second release to feature Portnoy's replacement Mike Mangini. Labrie was asked by Chile's Radio Futuro about the possibility of Portnoy rejoining the group and did indeed appear to have closed the door on the idea.
He said, "That possibility, I don't see it ever happening. It's not gonna happen, because, first and foremost, 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."
He added, "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. 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."