UPDATEApril 21st 2011, xx:xx pm, where xx:xx is whatever the "Last edited" number at the bottom of the post is.
Today, the trailer was released, identifying the seven candidates for the position of NuPortnoy, and all votes have been reset.
Here's how it looked before we reset...
...and you need only cast your eyes upwards to see how it's looking now.
Place your bets, gentlemen! And welcome to the worst thread on the board!
Right, here we go. No idea how long we've got until the announcement is made, but all bets are on
This isn't about your favourite
drummer, or the one you're rooting for to win - this is about the name which you genuinely believe is going to be pulled out of the envelope at some point over the next month or so.
The drummers listed are in a fairly vague order. The first seven are the ones who are quite strongly rumoured - including Terry Bozzio, who's been jossed by JLB, and Charlie Zeleny, who has no concrete body of proof but some fairly big links to the band, including an infinity of Dream Theater drum covers uploaded to youtube. From there onwards it sort of loosely descends from more probable to less probable, culminating in zero with Kevin Moore.
The "other" option is for if you genuinely believe that the person who's going to be revealed as the new drummer hasn't been listed in the poll. If so, then you get to post your guess in the thread, and you can spend the next few months being really, really smug once the drummer's confirmed.
Might make sense to post who you've voted for, too, seeing as I can't make votes public. I'd spin together one of those doohickeys I used for the DT songchart where you could see who voted what, but I don't want to allow multiple votes.
Don't worry. This isn't gambling. Nobody's earning any money out of this. I'm just wondering how well aligned we are with the band, and seeing if we, collectively, can correctly guess the right drummer. And just for the record, if anyone actually votes for Kevin Moore I am going to become a restaurant critic, rip your lungs from your chest, eat them with tomato ketchup, and then give them a snide review, making you the laughing stock of the culinary world.
And no, I don't know who some of those people are either.
My vote's with Charlie Zeleny.