Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has announced the following 2011 European meet-and-greet tour dates:
April 10 – Adams Drumworld – CC Het Loo, Tessenderlo
April 11 – Ottava – Roma, Italy
April 12 – Cherubini – Roma, Italy
April 13 – Musik Produktiv Schweiz AG – Niederlenz AG, Switzerland
April 14 – Thomann – Burgebrach, Germany
April 15 – Session Music – Frankfurt, Germany
Just days after it was announced that he’d been dismissed as the touring drummer for AVENGED SEVENFOLD, Portnoy revealed that he tried to rejoin DREAM THEATER, and was rebuffed.
Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 20 years ago, abruptly quit the band last summer while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD.
He played on AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s latest album, “Nightmare”, following the death of that band’s drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, and toured with them for the entire second half of 2010.
Portnoy recently began laying down tracks on the debut album from the new band featuring SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen and guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP). Portnoy is also involved in a separate new project with guitarist Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE, DIXIE DREGS), multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse (TRANSATLANTIC, SPOCK’S BEARD), bassist Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) and vocalist Casey McPherson (ALPHA REV, ENDOCHINE). That group’s debut album is tentatively due later in the year.