On Wednesday, October 6, DJ JC Green of Metal Massiah Radio conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie about James’ new solo album, “Static Impulse”, and the recent departure of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
When asked about the way DREAM THEATER is approaching the issue of finding Portnoy’s replacement, LaBrie said, “We’re not rushing into it. Because it’s a big move for us; it’s unprecedented within the band. This is our first time coming up against finding a drummer for DREAM THEATER. We do have everything in place. We don’t have a drummer yet, but we have auditions for drummers all set up, and it’s all ready to go within two weeks. So in two weeks we will start auditioning drummers. We already have seven guys lined up that are gonna come into the studio and they are going to play through some songs and so on and so forth.”
Regarding which qualifications are desired in a potential new drummer for DREAM THEATER, LaBrie stated, “We are looking for the right chemistry, the right vibe, the right attitude, the right personality, the right look — somebody that we feel really will embellish upon what DREAM THEATER has stood for and what we plan on standing for in the future. So it’s pretty exciting. We have everything in line, we have everything set up, so it’s just a matter, within a couple of weeks, to start the auditions and then to eventually make the announcement who the new drummer is.”
According to LaBrie, the caliber of candidates that are lined up to audition for DREAM THEATER is second to none. “There’s seven drummers that are coming in, and out of those seven, we will definitely have our drummer,” he said. “They’re all world-class drummers. I can’t tell you who — I’d love to tell you, but I can’t. I can’t divulge or disclose that information. Not at this point. It’s too sensitive at this point. But it will be a very intense week for us while we’re jamming and playing with these drummers.”