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196  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Drummer by year end on: December 29, 2010, 12:03:47 pm
For whatever it's worth (they aren't citing any source at all, so it might be worth squat), Blabbermouth is reporting:

Drummer MARCO MINNEMANN Rumored To Have Joined DREAM THEATER - Dec. 28, 2010
40-year-old international drumming sensation Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST) is strongly rumored to have joined DREAM THEATER as the replacement for the recently departed Mike Portnoy.

A lot of discussion on MP's forum if anyone is interested.  Since he just played that show with JR earlier in the month, it might make sense.

Of course Mike Mangini's website says it is down until 2011 for a total revamping. 

I know the two of these guys have always been mentioned as being in the mix.  Both are incredible.  Hard to imagine anyone but MP behind the Monster on stage with DT.
197  General Category / General Music Chat / New Drummer by year end on: December 29, 2010, 11:09:48 am
I thought at some point it was mentioned by James or JP that the new drummer would be announced in December or by the end of the year.  Does anyone else recall this? 
Looking forward to the announcement (as I am sure all of us are).
Holding a glimmer of hope that they just invite MP back (although seriously doubt it will happen).  This would be good in many ways, but would also be awkward and a bit unsettling based on his statements that he needs a break from DT.  Possibly on board without all of his heart in it.
198  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Ho, ho, ho... on: December 27, 2010, 07:46:50 pm
Ready for great music in 2011 with less drama.
Peace to all.
199  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Update from JP on: December 17, 2010, 01:28:54 pm
I guess if they keep waiting on making an announcement, people will have to keep speculating. 
I hope it is soon.  Holding out a glimmer of hope that MP just comes back, but it would seem highly unlikely.  I am pretty sure that he wasn't listed as a band member on the DT site in September, but I wouldn't put too much stock in that. 
The timing of the site being down yesterday on the same day that A7X sent him packing was an odd coincidence.  Or was it?? (chime in the Twilight Zone music....)
200  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Classic Rock present Prog magazine on: December 10, 2010, 02:34:21 pm
That was my first impression as well.  Why get it right when you can sell more mags.
201  General Category / General Music Chat / Classic Rock present Prog magazine on: December 10, 2010, 02:28:14 pm
I was thrilled to find this at Borders in Colorado Springs last night.  I was actually looking for another publication and was shocked to see it.  They never usually carry this publication. 
As a heads up, the quote attributed to MP on the cover ("It would be ridiculous to think that we won't play together again.") is actually made by JP on the inside.  I don't know how the editor messed this up.  Hopefully they both (as well as everyone else in the band) feel the same way.
Still looking ahead with anxious anticipation for the announcement and even more so to the new CD next year. 
Peace to all!
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