Keyboardist Jordan Rudess of DREAM THEATER has posted the following statement on his official blog regarding the departure of Mike Portnoy, the band's co-founder and leader for 25 years:
"Closing this chapter is difficult because Mike and I are really close friends, have been great musical partners and he has been a vital part of DREAM THEATER. Still, opening up the next chapter is really exciting because DREAM THEATER is full of ideas and energy about the future.
"Mike is the ultimate rock drummer and I know he will be successful at whatever he does. Meanwhile, DREAM THEATER is moving forward quickly and looking forward to creating some great new music."