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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."


12/17/2010 9:25:23 AM
never heard of any of these gays

12/17/2010 9:25:43 AM
first post sounds like he realized it was a gay move

12/17/2010 9:48:09 AM

12/17/2010 10:04:16 AM
"Happy Holidaze"? what a gay

12/17/2010 10:10:22 AM
"c-ya" ?........

12/17/2010 10:15:33 AM
no Dream Theatre, no A7X.......what a shame

12/17/2010 10:25:47 AM
get their dix out of your mouth bro! seriously it sounds like they made you lift your ballsack and spread your ass cheeks before releasing this

12/17/2010 10:29:21 AM
OLO! http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.ne

12/17/2010 10:31:49 AM
lol @ him getting an Avenged tattoo.

12/17/2010 10:36:30 AM
at least he got out before he died.

12/17/2010 10:47:05 AM
DeathByTentacle 12/17/2010 10:04:16 AM "Happy Holidaze"? what a gay Was just going to say that, what dude in his 40's talks that? "C-ya" hahaha the pillowbiting comes to an end

12/17/2010 11:02:08 AM
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA He's fcked now, he left DT for A7X and then they kicked him out.

12/17/2010 11:50:27 AM
Not a fan of either band but the guy is an amazing drummer.....he will find/create a new band, A7X's loss

12/17/2010 12:28:18 PM
he ruined his career even though DT was not great to begin with lol.

12/17/2010 12:43:19 PM
He was a temp you gays. A day laborer. Why does this warrant a teary eyed press release? Also suprised he didnt throw in a "peace out!" at the end there.

12/17/2010 2:12:54 PM
Greatest musician of most of our times....Gets to tour the country/world, make money, writes shit tons of music, and lives VERY comfortably....

12/17/2010 2:17:36 PM

12/17/2010 2:19:43 PM
^^^xshitx is a gay.

12/17/2010 2:22:09 PM
absolutely NFCE!!

12/17/2010 8:34:45 PM
saw this and burst out laughing, what the fck to all parties equally

12/17/2010 9:19:28 PM
Still waiting for Satriani to join Emmure and quit.

12/18/2010 12:15:10 AM
Shouldn't have left Dream Theater for that shitshow in the first place. What a douche.

12/18/2010 12:26:46 AM
gay dies, gay joins, gay quits.

12/18/2010 12:29:15 AM
Satriani dresses like he's a sixteen year old rich kid. Any adult that does that is suspect.

12/18/2010 1:25:37 AM
shit band but it sucks when anyone dies young. RIP

12/18/2010 4:27:58 AM

12/18/2010 10:46:33 AM
The Rev coming back?

12/18/2010 5:47:03 PM
They should totally get the rev back. Whatever happened to that dude?

12/18/2010 6:22:33 PM
the band should just break up too.

12/19/2010 11:14:02 AM
Mike Portnoy is my uncles-brother in laws- fathers-younger brothers- gay cousin.. juss sayin

12/19/2010 1:24:07 PM
slipknot are better n e waze

12/19/2010 6:18:20 PM
Christmas, The Rev is tour managing for Buckcherry I heard.

12/19/2010 11:51:20 PM
james hetfield left metallica to play for reverend horton heat and got kicked out

12/20/2010 5:06:02 AM
Peter Beste

12/20/2010 7:13:40 AM
Its official, Flo is the new A7F drummer.

12/20/2010 8:22:40 AM
sonny tremblay should be their next drummer !

12/22/2010 12:48:45 AM
He acts like he's fcking dying. Reading this was hilarious. "c-ya"

12/23/2010 6:34:01 PM
Could care less about this, just keep Transatlantic happening.