Mike Portnoy, most recognised as the former drummer and producer of Dream Theater, has announced to fans that he will no longer be providing the drums for metal outfit Avenged Sevenfold.
To take the quote directly from Portnoy himself:
"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."
Having recently left Dream Theater, and no longer touring with Avenged Sevenfold, Mike Portnoy has been showing a lot of excitement as to potential future projects. Perhaps, in the future, we will be seeing more of Liquid Tension Experiment, or any of Portnoy's other numerous Progressive ventures.
One thing is sure, having been given the award as the Best Progressive Rock Drummer 2010, not many doors will be closed on him.
Reported by Tom Colohue