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John Petrucci shoots down possibility of Mike Portnoy returning to Dream Theater

'I've been very vocal about this and outspoken,' the guitarist says

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy is currently out on the road with his ex-band mate, John Petrucci, in support of the latter’s 2020 album, Terminal Velocity. And while the pairing might lead some Dream Theater fans to wonder whether Portnoy, who left the band back in 2010, might return to the fold one day soon, Petrucci has stated once again that it’s not likely.

Speaking to host Eddie Trunk during an October 3 appearance on SiriusXM's Trunk Nation, Petrucci said (transcribed by Blabbermouth), "I've been very vocal about this and outspoken and very careful about this to be clear with my intentions and Mike and I and our reuniting. The stuff that we are doing together with my solo stuff, with Liquid Tension Experiment, with Mike touring with me, this is its own thing, and Dream Theater is its own thing, and the history that we now have with [current drummer] Mike Mangini in the band for 12 years, it's important for me to make sure that people don't misunderstand this. Because it's not good for anybody; that kind of weirdness or controversy, as we all know, it's just toxic.

Petrucci continued, “Maybe I'm selfish but I feel so lucky that I get to do this with Mike and play live with him, play this instrumental music, record, and being in Dream Theater with Mangini, it's like I've kind of been spoiled. I get two of the greatest drummers in the world to be able to play with. And I think it's important for people to know that and to have that clarity. I really do."

You can check out Petrucci and Portnoy, along with bassist Dave LaRue, performing the song “Temple of Circadia” at the Strand Ballroom & Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, on October 5, here