Mike Portnoy to form Supergroup with Deep Purple Member
Megastar drummer, Mike Portnoy, has just formed a new supergroup, but has yet to name the outfit. Portnoy formerly was a member of bands Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold. The new group has been announced on Twitter and includes guitarist Steve Morse, Neal Morse and bassist Dave LaRue. Casey McPherson from Endochine star will front the band.
Music news website, Blabbermouth, reports that the group has commenced work on a new album.
Neal Morse said: "Last April I got together with Steve Morse to do some writing and to see what would happen with a collaboration between the two of us... I went down to his house in Florida and spent some days with him, getting to know him and writing some music and we had a really good time. So we've been talking about doing a project together for a while."
"We're all going to get together and work from scratch with no pre-prepared material and see what comes out. I'd like to do something different. There are some demos and some things that Steve and I did in April that we've worked on and so we'll have some things to start with, but I think the plan is to get together and see what happens and write in the room."
Mike Portnoy, who was a founding member of Dream Theater, has left his old group when no agreement could be reached on having a much-needed break.
He released a statement revealing his "hurt" over their decision to continue without him: "I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT [Dream Theater] spirit hungry and inspired."
"Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather... I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be... While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!), I do not want to stand in their way, so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes."
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