Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini posted a message on the band's Facebook page yesterday regarding his health at recent shows.
He wrote, "Hi All, I seriously played my two best shows/solos while being the sickest I've been in 20-30 years. But not enough to jeopardize me too much or affect the show negatively. I don't know how that happens. My apologies for not being able to speak much, or for coughing at the paid pre-show pic taking. Now you know why. I didn't and couldn't call friends, my family, my wife, nobody...it was weird to try so hard to speak. All of you that play must've experienced this before. How can we be so sick, then play like not too much is wrong? It must be a love of overcoming challenges and helping the team. I guess that's how athletes do it. I honestly curled up in a ball after the show and didn't think I'd make it out of there. I'm happy to say that I'm feeling better and better and that I'm about to sleep on and off for 14 hours pumping the herbs and meds and water. I think I will have the best show of my whole life in Mesa...because of all the practicing I did on the break. I love this!!!! Can't wait till tmw!! DID I MENTION HOW GOOD IT FEELS TO BE 1 FOR 1 WITH DREAM THEATER FOR A GRAMMY NOMINATION!!!! 2 for 2 with VAI, 1 FOR 1 WITH DT... OH YEAH!!!!!!! THAT'LL FIX MY FLU!!!!"
Dream Theater recently received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their song "On the Backs of Angels," from A Dramatic Turn of Events. It's the band's first Grammy nomination.