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Mangini ‘Will Remain Our Drummer Until The Day We’re Finished Doing This’

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Mangini ‘Will Remain Our Drummer Until The Day We’re Finished Doing This’

If you’re still holding out hope for Portnoy to return to Dream Theater, it’s just not in the cards. James LaBrie has gone on record to squash any rumors of a reunion with the original drummer.

“Mike Mangini is our drummer and he will remain our drummer until the day that we’re finished doing this. It’s just the way that it is.”

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Drummer Talk 05/13/2011 – Snare Drum Makeover (#162)

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Drummer Talk 05/13/2011 – Snare Drum Makeover (#162)

It’s the season finale of Drummer Talk Season 6, and on this week’s show, Dave’s gives a very in-depth look at a complete snare drum makeover – from batter head, to reso head, to snare strands, to strand cords.  Also we, of course, talk more Dream Theater, new Avenge Sevenfold, Memphis Drum Shop’s Chris Coleman clinic recap, the Summer of contest continues, and much more!  Show notes after the break!

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Wait! Portnoy wanted back in Dream Theater??

The Dream Theater drummer drama just never seems to end!  MusicRadar.com has just put up a very in-depth interview with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci.  In the interview, they reveal the Portnoy asked to rejoin the band stating he “made a mistake.”

Rudess: We got the drummers in, which everybody knows, and we filmed the audition process and put a lot of care into the documentary. So after that whole process, we found somebody who we thought was great – Mike Mangini. ‘Oh my God, this guy is fantastic! This can work. We can do it.’”

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What was it like to audition for Dream Theater?

As you know, we’ve been closely following the saga surrounding the drum seat for Dream Theater, and we now know that Mike Mangini landed the spot, but he was one of seven guys to audition.  Just what was it like to audition for the prog powerhouse?  Swedish drummer, Peter Wildoer, recently spoke with Blabbermouth.net and shared some thoughts.

“My approach was very much to keep it true to what Mike did, because no matter what I would do, I knew that my personality and my style would probably shine through even though [I was] trying to do what Mike did originally. So my approach was very much to keep it to what it is and keep it like the fans know the songs and how they wanna hear them.”

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Dream Theater Drummer Search Documentary

Dream Theater is coming out enforce to do a little damage control with the leaving of Mike Portnoy.  Not only have the has their Facebook fan page lit up, but they’ve released part 1 of of fascinating behind the scenes look at their search for a new drummer.

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Dream Theater May Have Their New Drummer

If the rumors are to be believed, then Mr. World’s Fastest Hands himself (and former Steve Vai drummer), Mike Magini, is set to replace the recently vacated Mike Portnoy for the drum chair in Dream Theater.  Whaaaa??  We’ll keep on this story like blisters on metal drummers thumbs.

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