MIKE PORTNOY & JOHN PETRUCCI Reunite for New Year Celebration

Petrucci & Portnoy

Apparently things are good between Mike Portnoy and his former Dream Theater bandmate John Petrucci, as the two have shared a joyful New Year photo, with Mike saying:

Happy New Year from MP & JP! #givepeaceachance #carpediem Here’s to a great 2018!

Portnoy already said there’s no bad blood between the guys and him, but many fans have greatly welcomed the latest photo.

Mike recently wrapped up his Shattered Fortress tour, saying that was the last time we’ll get to see him perform DT material, at least on such a major scale. He noted:

Well, that’s it. Saturday night was the very last Shattered Fortress show!

This whole tour has been such an emotional experience performing these songs one last time in each city, but Saturday night was really ‘the end.’ It’s not lost on me that it is very possible (in fact, I’d predict very likely) I’ll never play some, if not all, of these songs ever again.

Yes, in some ways, that’s very sad, but in a more optimistic way, that’s what’s made this tour so awesome and special. We all got some closure on the whole MP/DT thing. I was able to play these songs for you all one last time (especially the ’12-Step Suite’) and finally get it out of my system once and for all.

I must thank Eric [Gillette, guitar], Charlie [Griffiths, guitar], Richard [Henshall, guitar], Diego [Tejeida, keyboards], Conner [Green, bass] and Ross [Jennings, vocals] for absolutely nailing this music each and every show…not only delivering it with perfect precision, but also passion and energy… you guys rule!

While I do indeed look to what lies ahead in the future for me (Sons of Apollo, Flying Colors, Neal Morse Band, Metal Allegiance, Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs and who knows what else may come my way), it was great celebrating my 50th birthday with you all and revisiting this music again.

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