I said it last September, when Portnoy left the band:
Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
Anyhow, if I were a betting man, I'd imagine either Mike Mangini or Bobby Jarzombek joins the band, with a small chance of Rod Morgenstein.
Mangini was a near shoe in the from the start, to the point I'm still a bit surprised they just didn't call him up and offer him the job from day one.
I will say, my initial reaction was I won't buy and album or concert ticket for DT if Portnoy isn't in the band. But now, I'm actually kind of excited again. The last two Dream Theater albums were terrible IMHO, and that was under Portnoy's leadership. So I'm hoping Mangini will inspire them to write a better album.
I'm also curious as to what sort of crazy set up Mangini will take on tour with them.