MIKE MANGINI Accepts That He Will Never Be Fully Embraced By 'A Small Group' Of DREAM THEATER Fans

MIKE MANGINI Accepts That He Will Never Be Fully Embraced By 'A Small Group' Of DREAM THEATER Fans

During a new appearance on "The Everyman Podcast", DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini discussed the fact that he has yet to be embraced by a contingent of fans who pine for the days when Mike Portnoy was still in the band. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're under a microscope to the point that it's almost hilarious. It doesn't matter how long [I've been in the band] — there's a small group of fans that just, no matter what, there's nothing I can do right. Which is fine — people are used to what they're used to and all that. That just doesn't bother me. I'm just, like, 'Okay, that is what it is.' I understand that. But even with that crowd, all the first comments that come up are slamming us and it's all that crowd. Why are they always the first ones to comment? If it's true, they're just waiting for it and just waiting to be the first ones [to say something]. They're always waiting on our every move even though they don't like us anymore. I find that bizarre.

"All I know is one thing — that they're there, and they're there all the time," he continued. "So I'm just wondering why as far as that. But maybe it's, again, a nostalgia thing where, 'Hey, I'm a fan of AC/DC. I really don't want them going too far off from 'Back In Black'. I don't.' Every band has had a couple of albums, an era or whatever it is, that certain people just like. And when it gets changed, it's uncomfortable.

"Here's the thing, the bottom line about it all: I understand that. I said it from day one: I'm not gonna be liked by X percentage of people. And I wouldn't like me either. [Laughs] So whatever."

Mangini joined DREAM THEATER in late 2010 through a widely publicized audition following the departure of Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 35 years ago. Mangini beat out six other of the world's top drummers — Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Aquiles Priester, Thomas Lang, Peter Wildoer and Derek Roddy — for the gig, a three-day process that was filmed for a documentary-style reality show called "The Spirit Carries On".

Mangini made his name in the hard rock world in the mid-1990s when he played with EXTREME, before landing the gig with guitar legend Steve Vai in 1996. Nearly a decade later, Mangini took up a full-time teaching position at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music.

DREAM THEATER's new album, "A View From The Top Of The World", is due on October 22. The LP marks DREAM THEATER's second studio album with InsideOut Music/Sony Music. The artwork was created by longtime cover collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). "A View From The Top Of The World" was produced by Petrucci, engineered and additional production by James "Jimmy T" Meslin and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap.


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).