During a recent interview on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Dream Theater’s keyboardist and composer, Jordan Rudess, talked about reuniting with Portnoy’s progressive rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment and shared the reasons behind it while revealing what Dream Theatre members thought about it.
Liquid Tension Experiment is a metal supergroup that was formed by Dream Theater’s former drummer Mike Portnoy in 1997. In an interview, Mike had said that the reason why he founded this band was to create a musical environment outside of Dream Theater where he could explore new things. However, he decided to give it a break two years later as the band consisted of 3/4 Dream Theater members.
Jordan Rudess is best known for his successful career as the keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist of Dream Theater since 1999. As you may recall, Rudess was introduced to the band after being hired as the keyboardist of Portnoy’s rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment in 1997. Rudess’s talents shined so bright that Portnoy and Petrucci realized that he is exactly what Dream Theater needs.
Mike Portnoy left Dream Theater in 2010, and since then he has been working on numerous side projects. Upon extreme demand, Mike Portnoy had announced in late 2020 that Liquid Tension Experiment will be reuniting. He posted a photo of himself, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, from 20 years ago and now and revealed that the band’s third album will be released on March 26, 2021.
In his recent interview, Jordan Rudess talked about the reason why they decided to get back together and said that ‘LTE was destined to get back together again.’ He stated that he received more requests from the devoted fans of LTE than he has ever received for anything he has done in his life, which showed him that it’s a project that he should revisit.
When asked about what the current Dream Theater members think about it, Jordan Rudess said that he had a conversation with both Mike Mangini, Dream Theatre’s current drummer, and James LaBrie, because he wanted to make sure that he was ‘respectful of everybody’ and that everyone felt comfortable with him doing this.
Here’s what the interviewer asked Jordan Rudess:
“Do you have to go to Mike Mangini before you work with Portnoy again and say, ‘Hey Mike, listen, you know, this thing’s going to be coming out, don’t worry about it, your gig is fine…'”
To which Rudess responded:
“Sure, you want to be respectful of everybody, and there is a sensitivity there and that makes sense. So before we did this, we came with James [LaBrie, vocals] too. So yeah, everybody gets the respect, ‘Hey, we’re going to be doing this, just understand we’re doing it.'”
He went on to say:
“We reached a point where it’s kind of – you do what you do. You don’t want to have to be an asshole about it. But LTE was destined to get back together again.
There were more requests for this band than anything I‘ve ever done in my whole life, every day, multiple times a day, ‘When is LTE getting back together?’ Like, shut up already now.”
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