Mike Portnoy, second only to Neil Peart as the best drummer ever, is leaving the fabled Dream Theater to pursue other opportunities. He left a nice farewell post on his website forum mikeportnoy.com that better explains his means and motives behind this decision. Turns out the rest of the band is continuing on without him, so I'm interested to see who they get to fill these immense shoes.
Farewell to thee, Mike Portnoy, and the best in whatever your next stop is, whether it be Transatlantic, Avenged Sevenfold (which is where my friend Mike thinks he's headed) or some new project. Keep rockin' my friend!