Thankfully (or not) the money has gotten so big in music for many that they have no choice but to deal with this stuff early on just to manage through things.
Yes, I think this a good way to look at it: we've all learned that from a business perspective a popular band - even Dream Theater - is a corporation these days. The band as well as MP and their lawyers are just follwing the implicit logics and make management decisions. Those are mainly legal logics by nature of the case at hand, and people need to understand that it's how you manage this kind of situation. Nothing wrong with that.
The downside is that we are gaining the dangerous 5 percent knowledge of things through Blabbermouth here, which stirs up all of this shite... So that's the actual tragic, especially for MP coming across as the bad guy here.
Personally, I also wished for a more romantic settlement of this split in public since I have encountered all the guys as the nicest and most down to earth people you would ever meet and they don't deserve any of this. But hey, I can still dream about a mutual statement by both parties countering all of those false rumors once and for all - and then settling the case behind closed doors only, right? Like, no interviews on this until it's over...? As I said elsewhere, I think that DT are acting wisely in just letting their lawyer speak up for them at this moment...
Edit: Wow, MP just took most of the words out of my mouth while I was writing the above. But again, I can understand that DT would prefer the legal path, and my respect and best wishes to come out of this mess stronger than ever to MP!
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