have explained why Mike Portnoy
could not remain with the band into 2011 and they say the drummer agrees with their sentiments.
Last week the ex-Dream Theater man announced he'd been dismissed from the band he's been standing in with since their sticksman, Jimmy
, died last Christmas.
The move followed a series of interviews in which Portnoy had suggested there was the possibility of becoming a full-time part of A7X.
Now the band explain: "We're not ready to add a permanent member and we don't know if we'll ever be. If we do, it will be someone who's not only a brilliant drummer but someone we've gotten to know well, and who the fans get to know and hopeful accept.
"Mike and the band agree it can't be him. Why? Long before there was an Avenged Sevenfold there were members of this band who looked up to Mike.
"Jimmy learned a lot from watching Mike play. He's also a brilliant writer and producer. But because of all that, the world would always see it as Avenged Sevenfold with Mike Portnoy.
A7X manager Larry Jacobson
says confusion was caused by Portnoy's discussion of a potential future, raised after he dramatically quit Dream Theater in September.
Jacobsen explains: "The plan had always been for Mike to play through 2010. Nothing changed, but it got confusing because Mike gave interviews suggesting he might tour with the band beyond 2010.
"There will be another drummer behind the kit for the Nightmare After Christmas tour in January and many other dates round the world in 2011 and beyond.
Last week A7X frontman M Shadows suggested another reason behind Portnoy's departure was the band's distress over the way he dealt with his split with Dream Theater.
"We were actually a little more shocked,
" M. Shadows said. "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.
The drummer emphasised it was the band's decision to end the relationship. He's now working on prog musicians Neil Morse
's upcoming album in Nashville.
Thanks for the report to RockAAA.com