John Petrucci Delight After Dream Theater Fans Accept Mike Mangini
John Petrucci has quoted Rush drummer Neil Peart in an effort to explain the strain of Dream Theater’s world tour.
The band have just ended the trek in support of A Dramatic Turn of Events, the album which marked their moving on after the surprise departure of Mike Portnoy.
The band felt extra stress as they introduced new drummer Mike Mangini in his place – but now guitarist Petrucci says they needn’t have worried.
He explains: “‘We each pay a fabulous price for our visions of paradise’ really sums up the sacrifice all of us make to live out our dreams.
“What I will remember most about this tour was how gracious and welcoming all our fans were as we introduced Dream Theater with Mike Mangini.
“Our fans are just amazing. There were some unforgettable moments – the couple who dressed in unicyclist garb stand out, as well as those who held up score cards at one gig. You guys are just hilarious!
“It was inspiring to meet people who were eager to share how our music helped them through a difficult time, or to deal with loss. The healing power of music just blows me away. I’ll never forget those stories. Greater things are still to come.”
Meanwhile, Portnoy is on tour as a member of Neal Morse’s band. Last week he was filmed delivering a spirited lead vocal as the outfit performed Osmonds classic Crazy Horses. View it below.