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Avenged Sevenfold and Mike Portnoy part ways

Friday, December 17, 2010 9:17 AM PT

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has confirmed that he is no longer playing with Avenged Sevenfold, a partnership that began nearly a year ago. Portnoy has issued the following:

"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 A7X family and history.

"I also adore the A7X 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."

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