Mike Portnoy Leaves Avenged Sevenfold
Mike Portnoy has parted with Avenged Sevenfold.
The former Dream Threater drummer played on the band’s current album, Nightmare, and has been touring with them.
He’s issued the following statement about the situation:
“Yes, the rumours are true… Sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end… The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me..
“I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan…
“I had an awesome time on stage with the guys every night and have so many cool memories from the experience with them… I am proud to always be part of the Avenged Sevenfold family and history. I also adore the Avenged Sevenfold fans and totally appreciate the way they welcomed me aboard and were so loving and supportive during my time with the band…thank you!
“As far as my future, I am excited by the endless musical possibilities that lie ahead of me…my love for music runs very deep and my taste is very broad and ecclectic which will give me the chance to explore many different things and collaborate with many great friends and artists I admire and respect…
“Happy holidaze to you all and c-ya in the New Year.”
Talking about the departure of Portnoy, Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows told Pulse Of Radio that the public way the drummer handled his split from Dream Theater: was a contributing factor.
“We felt that maybe both parties could have handled it a little more internally without being so press release-happy about what had happened between them. Because we’re a band that, really, when it comes to news all over web sites or this or that about bands, you know, we don’t tweet much, we don’t try to put ourselves out that much, and all the drama and controversy wasn’t something that we wanted at all.”