DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has slammed QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate as a "two-faced douche bag" for "consistently bashing DREAM THEATER and even [Portnoy] personally in the press."
When a DREAM THEATER fan suggested in a posting in "The Forum" section of Portnoy's web site that Tate was in New York City doing press for QUEENSRŸCHE's new album and that he may join DREAM THEATER on stage at their April 1 concert at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Portnoy had the following response:
"I'm tired of being politically correct...
"For the record, Geoff Tate is a two-faced douche bag. Since he has begun doing 'Operation: Mindcrime II' press, he has been consistently bashing DREAM THEATER and even me personally in the press... (why, I have no idea?). But I'm tired of biting my tongue when he obviously can't.
"When he was on Eddie Trunk's show [on Q104.3 FM] Friday night [March 31], he was incredibly rude and insultful [sic] when talking about me off the air to Eddie and [FOZZY singer and former WWE wrestler] Chris Jericho (he having no idea they're my bros)... Eddie and Chris were FUMING at him and Chris immediately texted me from the studio saying he was ready to body-slam him on the spot.
"His new name on this board should be Geoff Taint...
"Screw him...he's now on my shitlist..."
QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER toured North America together as co-headliners in the summer of 2003. The two progressive hard rock giants had originally intended to join forces for a package tour in 2000 — a plan that failed to materialize after QUEENSRŸCHE decided to take the middle slot on IRON MAIDEN's "Brave New World" tour instead. This move infuriated Portnoy, who told Metal Sludge several months later, "I have a bone to pick with [QUEENSRŸCHE]... We had a summer tour in the works being booked with them which I think would have been cool for the fans and they backed out in the 11th hour which fucked us over....I think maybe they realized that having to play after us would make their fans realize how much they suck now!"
As previously reported, DREAM THEATER's very last show of the band's 20th Anniversary Tour 2005/2006 on April at the Radio City Music Hall was recorded and filmed for an upcoming 20th anniversary DVD and CD release. The band's setlist for the gig was as follows:
01. The Root of All Evil
02. I Walk Beside You
03. Another Won
05. Under a Glass Moon
06. Innocence Faded
07. Raise the Knife
08. The Spirit Carries On
10. About to Crash
11. War inside My Head
12. The Test That Stumped Them All
13. Goodnight Kiss
14. Solitary Shell
15. About to Crash (reprise)
16. Losing Time / Grand Finale
18. The Answer Lies Within
19. Sacrificed Sons
21. Metropolis Pt. I
Note: The second set and encore featured a 20+-piece orchestra.