Mike Portnoy: talks lyrics with Prog Sphere

Is it going to change or …?

I have no desire to write lyrics with Adrenaline Mob. I think Mike Orlando and Russ are very happy doing it and I’m happy with my role. I don’t feel the need. To be honest with you, after I wrote The Best of Times for my dad and after I completed the 12 Steps suite with Dream Theater, I very much felt like I had said everything I wanted to say lyrically. I felt like those could have been my swan songs and I remember even saying to John Petrucci after those songs, “I’m done, I don’t wanna write lyrics anymore. I feel like I’ve said everything I wanted to say.” It’s not one of my favorite creative outlets. It’s of all the things I do, it’s not my most passionate one. So, you know, I guess I’m kind of in a lyrical retirement for the moment, but that being said I’m about to do an album with Ritchie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan next month and there is one song that I felt some inspiration for, so… You know, I think I’ll write lyrics if I really feel the inspiration to do so. But I don’t really want to be like I have to do it.

Since you just mentioned that you finished the 12 Steps suite: You never played it live…

Yeah. Disappointing, a shame. Cause that was always my intention. http://www.prog-sphere.com/2012/09/19/mike-portnoy-interview/