Rich Wilson has been writing about rock music for longer than he cares to remember. A graduate of Bradford University, Rich has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Prog Magazine, Rock Hard, Metal Hammer and Record Collector over the last fifteen years.
Rich lives on the outskirts of Manchester, England with his wife and Labrador. He is renowned for his love of dodgy 1970s prog rock bands, and his collection of even more dubious 1980s heavy metal albums. Lifting Shadows is his first book. Rich is currently completing work on his second band biography, which is due early 2014.
Rich answers your questions
We invited readers to send in questions for Rich. Here are his replies.
- Dan Kemmett: How has the personal relationship between Mike Portnoy and the members of Dream Theater changed? Are they still able to be friends? Do they actually see each other at all anymore? Do their families get along anymore? Or was Mike’s Departure “The End”?
- Rich Wilson: It’s hard for me to accurately answer that question, as I guess that’s kind of personal stuff which I tend to avoid. I suspect, but don’t know for a fact, that as when any band member leaves, there tend to be business issues that need to be sorted out which probably make (or made) it difficult for them to remain as close as they once were. I recall from interviews that some of the band do keep in contact with Mike. The other thing that you tend to find is that over time, any acrimony starts to fade, even if that takes fifteen or twenty years!