Re: Portnoy out...
This so reminds of that time Pearl Jam fired Dave Abruzzese (is that how you spell it?). Everyone was so concerned about his well-being and he did other projects and then he just faded away. I always thought that episode was so melodramatic. Jeez, you got fired. Go do something else. If it's not as big as what you once did, consider yourself lucky that you got that far! Some of us are considered lucky that there's a gig to play with any kind of band at all.
If Portnoy is the talent he is, then as they say, the cream always rises to the top. If he fades away like Dave did (and many other drummers too) it's just part of the entertainer's life, I guess. Good luck to him.