During the talk with Everybody Loves Guitar on Youtube, Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy revealed the most difficult times of his life and how he got through them.

When he was 17, Mike lost his mother in a tragic plane crash, and ten years ago, Mike lost his father when he was making the ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings’ album.

In the conversation, Mike Portnoy stated that losing his both parents made a shock in his life. To feel lesser pain and mourn his legacy, Mike wrote a song for his father called ‘The Best of Times.’

Also, Mike mentioned that leaving the Dream Theater and dealing with the backlash was one of the toughest moments in his life.

Here is what Mike Portnoy said:

“Musically, those are the ones I just mentioned. The time before ‘Images and Words,’ the time leading up to the ‘Scenes From a Memory,’ those were the toughest periods for Dream Theater.

And then also, obviously, when I left the band, that was tough for me as well, dealing with the backlash of that and recovering from that. So yeah, in terms of my career, those were certainly the biggest moments.”

Mike continued:

“In terms of my life, I lost my mom in a plane crash – an unexpected plane crash – when I was 17 years old. Something like that changes your life forever, like, ‘boom’ at a drop of a dime – when you least expect it, you lose your mom and you never see her again.

Losing my dad as well, about 10 years ago when I was making the Dream Theater album ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings,’ I wrote a song for him called ‘The Best of Times,’ that I was able to share with him before he passed away.”

Mike Portnoy added:

“And it was a song that I wrote for him, thanking him for our 40 years together at that point. The fact that I was able to play that for him and hold his hand at his bedside when he was dying, playing the song and cried together, shared that gift with each other before he passed – that was also incredibly important for me.

I mean, I had both extremes with losing both my parents; one was completely shocking out of nowhere, and then the other was when you have months and months with somebody struggling with cancer, and you actually have that time to prepare and be with them.”

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