Mike Portnoy says that his Liquid Tension Experiment instrumental project was “like Dream Theater without annoying vocals.“
The ex-Dream Theater drummer made the comment during an appearance on the Brazilian radio show ”Bem Que Se Kiss” (via Rádio Kiss FM 92,5) which was livestreamed via the program’s Facebook page.
According to DreamTheaterForums.org, Portnoy and the show’s host were discussing Liquid Tension Experiment when the host stated about the project (see video below): “I think Tension was good. But the problem is the language.“ Portnoy responded: “But that’s what made it good. [It was] like Dream Theater without annoying vocals. It was perfect.“
After everyone in the room started laughing, Portnoy added: “But we’re not on the air, right?” To which the host responded: “Yes, we are, actually.“ Mike then went on to say: “Are we?” and cracked up laughing.
Portnoy, who co-founded Dream Theater nearly 35 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (Annihilator, Extreme, James Labrie, Steve Vai).
Dream Theater singer James LaBrie has previously ruled out the possibility of a reunion with Portnoy, saying that Mangini ”will be our drummer until the day that we finish doing this.“
Mike is in the middle of a Brazilian tour with the local metal band Noturnall, which also features in its ranks Mike‘s former Adrenaline Mob bandmate, guitarist Mike Orlando.
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