Systematic Chaos Sessions: What really happened
Mike Portnoy: Hey John, How ya' doin?
John Myung: ...What the hell are you doing?
Mike Portnoy: Writing your bass parts, I got some awesome ideas for you, here, follow them, they're already written.
John Myung: But I already had an idea for this song...
Mike Portnoy: I'm sorry man, but we changed everything around it, so it had to be reworked, don't worry, I also play bass at NCinema, remember?
John Myung: So I just learn them and that's it? Record and go?
Mike Portnoy: That's right!, it's all set, cool to have a guy like me and John Petrucci around, right?
John Myung: Right...
BC&SL sessions, what really happened
John Myung's house
John Myung: Hello?
Mike Portnoy: Hey man, I've sent you your bass parts fully transcribed to your e-mail, just learn them and get ready for touring!
John Myung: Bass parts of what...?
Mike Portnoy: The new album! It's done already!
John Myung: I didn't know we were making a new...
Mike Portnoy: No time for that! JP and I already worked everything and even recorded it, it's done, I'm also sending you the isolated tracks for you to work...
*JM hears the songs and tracks*
John Myung: What the fuck Mike, bass is barely there.
Mike Portnoy: Sounds awesome, right?
John Myung: But I didn't do shit.
Mike Portnoy: I know! Cool to have us in the band, specially me, right?
John Myung: Right.