“This is the kind of world I want to live in”

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy attended the band’s concert on March 4 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. It was the first time Portnoy had seen his former bandmates perform live since leaving the iconic Progressive Metal band over 11 years ago.

According to Dream Theater fans who attended the show, singer James LaBrie waved at Mike Portnoy from the stage and Mike waved. Several fans also took photos of Portnoy at the concert venue. Mike and his wife reportedly watched the performance from the Beacon Theater control room.

The following day, Portnoy shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the concert and included the following message: “After 36 years, I was finally able to attend my first Dream Theater show last night! [Rires] It was a wonderful evening and it was such a pleasure to hang out with my old friends again.”

LaBrie opened up about his newfound friendship with Portnoy in a recent interview with Sonic Perspectives’ Rodrigo Altaf.

On how Mike’s behind-the-scenes reunion with his former bandmates went, James said: “You know the story between Mike and me. What was sad about this whole time when Mike and I disagreed was that when Dream Theater started, at the time of Images And Words [1992] and Awake [1994], Mike and I were best friends – for a long time – and then we started drifting apart, for various reasons. Never mind the details – it’s just that we started having problems with each other.”

“About two hours before the New York show, my manager texted me and was like, ‘Look, Mike’s gonna be here tonight. He wants to come back and see you. He wants to be forgiven…’. And I said, ‘You tell me that two hours before you play in front of thousands of people in New York. Are you kidding me ?’. So I thought about it. I went for a ride, believe it or not. I was incognito and went for a walk in New York. I walked down the streets and I started thinking about it and I was like, ‘You know what? That’s enough. There is enough hate in this world; there is enough negativity in this world. If Mike wants to come to me and try to make up, then I should be receptive’.”

“So I made contact… And John Petrucci [guitariste de Dream Theater] was also there. He said, ‘Mike wants to know if he can come back and say hello,’ like I just said. And I said, ‘You know what? Yeah. Tell him. It’s OK. Tell him to come see me after the show. And that’s what we did. We had a discussion. We had a good and long discussion. We made up, we hugged, and we took a picture together.”

He added : “The thing is, there comes a point in life where… you can’t carry that around with you anymore. Don’t carry hate, don’t carry negativity. We carried this around for way too long, and as far as I’m concerned, it didn’t do any good, it only served to create a goddamn split. It was very divisive and very harmful.”

“The other day Mike texted me and said, ‘Hey James, I just want to congratulate you on the Grammy. [le tout premier de Dream Theater]. You really deserve it, you and the band. It’s awesome. Congratulations, all that. And I was like, ‘Damn, Mike. It’s very admirable of you.”

“So that’s great. We talk to each other again and we talk about things and others. This is the kind of world I want to live in, as opposed to all this negativity and hate… It’s not worth it.”

Interview with James LaBrie for Sonic Perspectives:

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