Mike Portnoy Sees Uncanny Similarites Between Dream Theater And Red Songs

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Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has stirred up controversy by hinting that Dream Theater may have borrowed a bit too much influence from the band Red. He alleges that the Red song “Feed the Machine” is incredibly similar to the Dream Theater tune “Build Me Up, Break Me Down.” This series of quotes came about on Portnoy’s ProgBlog when he responded to a thread about John Petrucci’s top album pick of 2011 on the Roadrunner site. For the full article, go to this site.


“Check out the first song on [John Petrucci’s] fave album of the year…. WOW, the arrangement and orchestration sounds awfully familiar!! Surely it must be an intentional ‘nugget’ for the fans… It couldn’t possibly be blatant formula plagiarism, now could it…?? I just have to laugh…Hey…I’m not trying to start a war…. and I am indeed totally in a happy place in my life and career… I’m just merely making an observation and posting openly on my own forum like I always have and always will… If anybody ELSE wants to blow this up, it’s their choice and doing…not mine! “And PS – to defend music that I co-wrote/arranged (that were cited previously in this thread), there’s a difference between ‘inspiration corner’/’copping a certain vibe’ and blatantly re-writing an existing song or formula section by section…”

Here are the two videos posted, so that you may do your own analysis:



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