Avenged Sevenfold Parts Ways With Drummer Mike Portnoy
Posted by Michael Mueller on December 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM
Almost one year ago, Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead in his California home, from a deadly mix of drugs and alcohol. Not long after, Dream Theater drummer—and idol of Sullivan—Mike Portnoy stepped in to finish recording the band's album Nightmare and to play on the subsequent tour dates. But that relationship has, as scheduled, come to an end. The band today (12/17) released a statement saying:
"When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we'd need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it's time for us to take that next step."
At the time that Portnoy joined A7X, he and the band agreed that it would just be for 2010, giving the band some time to find a permanent replacement and allowing Portnoy to return to his full-time gig drumming in Dream Theater. But in a shocking move, Portnoy last month announced that he was leaving Dream Theater, which led to speculation that he was taking the AX7 gig on a permanent basis. Apparently that's not the case, either.
To further swirl the rumor mill, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently announced that the band has found their new drummer but is waiting for the appropriate time to make the selection public. With Portnoy's free agency status, you can't help but wonder if he and his longtime band mates have kissed and made up.
Like sands through the hourglass ...