MIKE PORTNOY is “Musically Fulfilled” and Has no Regrets About Leaving DREAM THEATER

Mike Portnoy

In a new interview with Rocksverige.se, drummer Mike Portnoy was asked if he had any regrets in his life, personal or musical. “I don’t think I do,“ Mike replied. “I think there’s a difference between regret and… Let me rephrase that. I actually have a tattoo on me that says ‘no regrets,’ and I actually try to live by that.

I find that there’s lots of actions you take in your life and if it turns out to be something that brings a result that you didn’t want or you weren’t anticipating, it’s not something you should regret, it’s just simply something you should learn from.

There’s a lot of things in my life that I’ve learned from and, ultimately, I don’t regret them, because they got me to where I am right now.

I’m as happy as I’ve ever been and as musically fulfilled as I’ve ever been.

There’s a quote that I love and I kind of used it in the song Repentance and it’s ‘It’s better to regret something you’ve done, than something you haven’t done,’ and I absolutely love that.

I’m not gonna use the Dream Theater example because I can already see the headlines, so I won’t say it. [Laughs] I’ll paraphrase like this: when I came to that crossroad four years ago, if I hadn’t made the decisions I had, I probably would’ve spent the rest of my life wondering, what if? What if I left the band?

I think it’s better to follow your heart and take the risk than wonder what could’ve been.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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