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Portnoy: Dream Theater have 'closed the door' on reunion

Drummer would rejoin prog kings 'in a heartbeat'
Drummer would rejoin prog kings 'in a heartbeat' (Image credit: David Atlas/Retna Ltd./Corbis)

Mike Portnoy has admitted that he would re-join Dream Theater if asked, but doesn't expect the call to come.

The drummer, currently promoting the debut album from his new project The Winery Dogs, told Radio Futuro: "I would do it [rejoin Dream Theater] in a heartbeat. They are the ones that have closed the door on it.

"I've only needed a break, and I've had that break. So I'm ready, willing and able. But I honestly don't think they ever will; they've closed their door on it and I think they're too headstrong in having to prove themselves without me. So I wouldn't count on it. But my door is always open."

The Winery Dogs' self-titled debut is out now.

Rich is a teacher, ex Rhythm staff writer and freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers and stars for the esteemed likes of Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).