Mike Mangini: Portnoy isn't coming back



Dream Theater new boy Mike Mangini isn't worried about the shadow of Mike Portnoy looming over him. Mangini has said he's comfortable that he's in the band for keeps.

Mangini told Radio Metal: "I don't feel like it's hanging over my head. The reason why is I like Mike very much. He's a friend and I have new brothers in Dream Theater, and when you love somebody you let them do what they need to."

"I feel very comfortable I'm in the band for good. Mike's not coming back, and that's the deal. I'm the drummer. I feel confident of that."

For more from Mangini order yourself a copy of Rhythm 191, which features a huge cover feature interview with the Dream Theater drummer.

Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).