Mike Portnoy To Stay With Avenged Sevenfold In 2011

The former Dream Theater drummer has announced that he will continue touring with Avenged Sevenfold throughout next year.

Mike Portnoy To Stay With Avenged Sevenfold In 2011
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Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced that he will continue touring with Avenged Sevenfold throughout next year. While initial plans were for Portnoy to tour with the band until the end of 2010. However, the drummer confirmed in a recent interview with Sabian Cymbals that he will continue with the band after the Rock Star Uproar Tour and complete the full touring cycle. This announcement comes a month after Mike Portnoy left progressive metal giants Dream Theater, citing a need of a break from the band's constant "write-record-tour-repeat" cycle. John Petrucci, guitarist for the band, announced that the band will begin auditions for a new drummer later this month. Rumors are swirling as to whether or not Mike is to become the new, permanent drummer for Avenged Sevenfold, filling in the shoes of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away in December of last year from a drug overdose. Portnoy also recorded the drums tracks as a tribute to Sullivan on the band's number one album "Nightmare", released in July. No word from the band of Mike Portnoy as to his position in the band. The interview can be found below.
Thanks to Sabian Cymbals for the information.

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    legend shredder
    Nofootcanman wrote: lol@ all the DT fanboys calling anybody who likes A7X a fanboy XD. please look at yourselves.
    +1
    Abom wrote: Dude's doing what he wants to do. Good for him. All the fanboys saying he should bail on A7X simply because they like DT better are selfish pricks.
    +1
    Randomrings
    XxBassMan666xX wrote: DT Fans: "A7X sucks! Portnoy's a loser! Petrucci all the way" A7X Fans: "Trollin' is my life" The Thinking Minority: "Portnoy's happy, good for him! Can't wait to see where both of these bands are going to end up!" Btw, I love both bands and I'm not afraid to admit it. Sadly the only thing coming out of DT Fans is hate for the A7X fans who have nothing to do with all the problems of Dream Theater.
    I love both bands as well. I saw Dream Theater live shortly before all this shnit went down. I got Nightmare the day it came out and listened to it over and over and over for almost 3 whole months. Mixing the amazingness of Portnoy AND letting me see Syn and Shadows (two of my favorite musicians)... sounds like a fantastic plan. I have no complaints on this article
    XxBassMan666xX
    DT Fans: "A7X sucks! Portnoy's a loser! Petrucci all the way" A7X Fans: "Trollin' is my life" The Thinking Minority: "Portnoy's happy, good for him! Can't wait to see where both of these bands are going to end up!" Btw, I love both bands and I'm not afraid to admit it. Sadly the only thing coming out of DT Fans is hate for the A7X fans who have nothing to do with all the problems of Dream Theater.
    Skillet_Panhead
    musicman789 wrote: I say kick out Rudess (no offence) and bring back Kevin Moore. Is it coincidence that after 'Images and Words' and 'Awake', DT became a mediocre band?? No, it is not a coincidence. Kevin Moore FTW!!
    Rudess > Moore. While "Images And Words" is my favorite Dream Theater album, Rudess is still much better than Moore was. Just listen to his variations of songs from the first 3 albums. He's much better. None can match his keyboard prowess. And Moore is a close second. Anyway, haters gonna hate. But haters are just a bunch of fanboys and elitist *****s. (Which, nowadays, is all UG seems to consist of. Mostly the latter). Dream Theater is pretty damn close to being my all time favorite band. And A7X is NOT a mediocre band with talentless, uninspired musicians. I don't care where Mike is playing, as long as he is PLAYING. He could have just called it quits. And I guarantee if he did that, you DT fanboys would be bitching A LOT more. The important thing is he's still making music, and he is having FUN. Whether the aforementioned 'music' is something you enjoy or not is irrelevant. Just grow up and move on. A7X fans, and ESPECIALLY Dream Theater fans alike. The thing I don't get, is DT has been around a lot longer, so its fans are obviously a lot older than most A7X fans, right? So why are DT fans acting like they're the whiny teenage fanbase that A7X supposedly consists of? Really? Something doesn't add up there.
    Beyond_Insanity
    Yeah... The Rev was notorious for doing lots of hard drugs, he even admitted it in several interviews. He was a great drummer, and a pretty good vocalist as well. And I'm so tired of seeing the "They Sold Out" Bull shite. Get off the bandwagon. It used to be when bands came out with new and different material, the fans would simply except it and say "Cool, I like the new direction." But now its like "Oh they sold out because they don't scream as much any more..." Thats stupid and ignorant. Believe it or not, sometimes clean vocals actually sound pretty awesome. On that note, I did not like the new a7x album, the eponymous album was eh, and I cant stand Sounding The Seventh Trumpet. Ok Im finished.
    Mister Big
    Dream Theater hasn't been good since the 90s. A7X hasn't been good ever. At least he's going to be making more money and having fun now. We should all just leave him be.
    Gerbaschlonk
    These conversations get boring after a while hey. He's Mike Portnoy, he'll always be great and we don't have the right to say what band he should or shouldn't be playing in. It's his music career isn't it. He's a big boy, he'll do what he wants and needs to do for himself, not to please any of you.
    Patty-cakez
    musicman789 wrote: Am I the only one on UG supporting this? I thought the song 'Nightmare' was ****ing great. Have yet to hear the whole album though, can't wait til I buy it
    I like a7x man. They're a band better to be heard than to be seen, I gotta admit... but they're ****ing fantastic. The vocal work is insanely good for the type of music, the guitars are pretty good, and the drums had their unique kind of sound. Nightmare was great. I agree. Portnoy's a god amongst drummers, and they're honored to have him playing with them. I think it's pretty ****in' gnarly. props to a7x and this guy I quoted.
    MRoby
    :.A7X foREVer.: wrote: WTF? Jimmy Didn't die from a drug overdoes. Alcohol mixed with his heart medication and that killed him.
    Hate to tell you buddy but it had nothing to do with heart medicine. The dude had taken Oxycotin, oxymorphine, Valium, Nordazepam, and booze. He was doing drugs bro. Honestly I think he probably got drunk and was like "lets pop some pills" but hey, who knows. I'm not an A7x fan, but still sucks that he passed. For kids in the future; Don't mix psychoactive drugs with painkillers and booze. Unless you're retarded. Wait, don't most kids learn that painkillers dont mix well with booze?
    urmomlovesmetal
    Mike is the best no matter who he's with. I'm a huge DT fan, yet I also enjoy A7X. It's sad to see a select few DT fans turn on Mike, let the man be. I mean, would you eat the same cheeseburger everyday for over 20 years? Don't be selfish people.
    espChris93
    :.A7X foREVer.: wrote: WTF? Jimmy Didn't die from a drug overdoes. Alcohol mixed with his heart medication and that killed him.
    hahaha both of those are drugs genius.
    Skullivan
    He basicly sold out. Left a great band with good income to be in a rising gay band with a great income. Petrucci's playing must have tampered with portnoy's brain and caused him to go insane.
    DScarface
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA--oh wait he's serious? Mhmm. Oh well, best of luck with that.
    audio475 wrote: IRON MAIDEN IS BETTER THEN BOTH BANDS. i win now people should stop the trolling.
    Also, +1
    ZampireWOlf
    yeah it sucks he left dream theater... but i was stoked to find out that he was gonna play for the REV for the tour, now i just hope that he finishes the tour and that they find a new drummer, dont do the same shit slipknots doin and not get another member, theres times when you just have to move on man... mike finsh up the tour, A7x get a really kick ass drummer XD
    espChris93
    FearOfTheDuck wrote: Haha, i'm not an A7X fanboy by any means, but this is great for Portnoy. The guy is playing with a band who write songs, not 8 minutes of indulgence. Things got stale for him in Dream Theater and they produced some pretty stale stuff. They should've just waited for him instead of carrying on and releasing what will be, just another Dream Theater album. And the poon is most definatly A LOT better in A7X haha.
    ahahaha i highly doubt one of the most respected drummers in the world plays music for the quality of "poon" especially when he's happily married. sorry he's mature unlike the overatted children in A7x. Also I would think Mike has higher standards than pre-pubescent emo girls... and guys for that matter
    moogtropolis
    why would u go from an amazing band that can actually play the music dam near dead on, to a band does play-overs
    ZampireWOlf
    Seref wrote: Dannnn_xD wrote: If you IDIOTS are going to diss a band, just because a drummer left another because he claimed it was more fun, at least spell their nickname right.. A7X NOT AX7 QR9?
    8=D XD
    ZampireWOlf
    espChris93 wrote: :.A7X foREVer.: wrote: WTF? Jimmy Didn't die from a drug overdoes. Alcohol mixed with his heart medication and that killed him. hahaha both of those are drugs genius.
    dude... your my hero haha, what a dumbass haha XD
    BwareDWare94
    billyf93 wrote: Think it's funny how so many people here seem to think they know what's best for him. They don't even know him personally. Personally I would like him to stay with A7X. Saw DT at Download 09, worst band I have ever seen live. Never seen so many people sleeping during a band.
    That's because most people are morons when it comes to music. That could pretty much be proven as a fact. Most people know absolutely nothing about music so they don't understand what bands like DT are doing on stage. It's lame. Particularly in the US we ignore real talent and support absolute garbage.
    Darkraxx
    rgrockr wrote: I know lots of people here like to hate on A7X, but if you pay attention Avenged's music is getting more complex each album. Who knows, another album or so and they could be the new DT.
    now you are talking about a cat becoming a dog...
    A7Xfan17
    BrokenBricks wrote: am i the only one who hates both bands? screw dream theater with their stale dad-metal, and screw a7x with their clothing lines and drug addict corpse of an ex-drummer. with your no attitude bands rofl
    someones a rap lover
    In The Mist
    Am I the only DT fan who thinks that DT will get better without Portnoy? His micromanagement is the reason all the latest DT Albums have sucked.
    A7Xfan17
    i no my name says a7xfan but i love dream theater just as much but i dont think MP is a good fit for A7X i mean hes hella good but they need someone that is freash that will make a new name not use some old one if if anyone gets what im saying i think MP should just have stayed in dream theater cuase hes the whole resone i liked that band he made that band even better
    Dakkstar
    I saw them at uproar, wasn't bad. Mike breathed a new life into that band. I'm upset I missed out on seeing Dream Theater, but it happens. Ozzy and Halford in December is what I care about.
    sheppo
    Eirien wrote: I really really hope Mike gets over his midlife crisis and leaves that mediocre pop-metal band to start making some decent music again.
    A big +1 for you my friend
    Awokmyweewok
    GenerationKILL wrote: Eirien wrote: I really really hope Mike gets over his midlife crisis and leaves that mediocre pop-metal band to start making some decent music again. "mediocre pop metal" What the hell do you listen to thats better? Dragonforce because they play their guitars at 1 million BPM? Some black metal band so that everyone knows how "extreme" your music tastes are?
    Guys, did you know that other than Avenged Sevenfold, Dragonforce and Black Metal are the only other metal out there? Nevermind all the sick new thrash bands like Warbringer and Evile. Nevermind all the great progressive acts like Symphony X, Opeth, Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, or Pagan's Mind. Forget about all the melodic death metal groups like Children of Bodom or At the Gates. Screw those power metal groups like Iced Earth and Edguy. To hell with the technical death metal antics of Arsis and Revication. And ignore all the metal giants like Slayer, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, Megadeth, and Pantera. If you don't listen to A7X, you're listening to Dragonforce or Black metal, and that's a fact.
    Awokmyweewok
    FearOfTheDuck wrote: Haha, i'm not an A7X fanboy by any means, but this is great for Portnoy. The guy is playing with a band who write songs, not 8 minutes of indulgence.
    Just because something has technical merit doesn't mean it's automatically classified it as indulgent. God forbid music that their music is interesting to listen to. A7X is the Justin Bieber of metal, not because they're unskilled musicians, but because they're a passing trend, very popular now but soon to be forgotten and deleted off of iPods to make room.
    crazysam23_Atax
    slayerfrk wrote: GenerationKILL wrote: Eirien wrote: I really really hope Mike gets over his midlife crisis and leaves that mediocre pop-metal band to start making some decent music again. "mediocre pop metal" What the hell do you listen to thats better? Dragonforce because they play their guitars at 1 million BPM? Some black metal band so that everyone knows how "extreme" your music tastes are? Most people that criticize avenged sevenfold haven't a clue what they're talking about. A7X are easily one of the most talented groups out there right now, its about time they got more recognition for their efforts. Both guitarists are MIT graduates and have amazing compositional skills. Their drummer that passed away was so skilled that practically ONLY portnoy could've filled his shoes. Many older, more experienced drummers have also said this. I'm not a 15 year old A7X fanboy, im just someone that respects and admires them for working hard and putting some real talent into their albums. You're just some idiot who doesn't know what they're talking about. **** you ignorant dick A7X have shit talent and make shit songs and only posers like them along with BFMV and pap roach, tool
    You clearly haven't heard any Tool but what they put on the radio...
    slayerfrk
    it would be funny if mike was striped of all his endorsements for joinng A7X
    agentofchaos
    Green_Jelly wrote: Lubira wrote: Mike Portnoy + AX7 = Porsche engine + Toyota frame am I the only one getting this impression? Don't bash Toyota dude.
    this ^ toyotas ftw!! DT is good for their style, a7x is good for their style. you dont compare oranges and doorknobs. why? because they are so different, e.g. dt & a7x
    a7xb4d
    DegaDeth wrote: Eggmond wrote: he doesnt like going into an album cycle with DT so he joins AX7 for an album cycle? Thats exactly what i thought musicman789 wrote: Am I the only one on UG supporting this? I thought the song 'Nightmare' was ****ing great. Have yet to hear the whole album though, can't wait til I buy it Just you and A7X fanboys like this. I personally think that he will get bored of playing in standard time sometime next year, realised that he made a huge mistake and come begging to Petrucci to take him back. If he did go back to DT probably one of the terms is that Petrucci gives him a dead arm everyday for the rest of his life lol
    fanboys unite!!!!! (check out my username) I think it would be pretty cool if he became A7X's new drummer. Oh yeah, I am a 15-year old fanboy as GenerationKILL has claimed not to be
    GenerationKILL
    Eirien wrote: I really really hope Mike gets over his midlife crisis and leaves that mediocre pop-metal band to start making some decent music again.
    "mediocre pop metal" What the hell do you listen to thats better? Dragonforce because they play their guitars at 1 million BPM? Some black metal band so that everyone knows how "extreme" your music tastes are? Most people that criticize avenged sevenfold haven't a clue what they're talking about. A7X are easily one of the most talented groups out there right now, its about time they got more recognition for their efforts. Both guitarists are MIT graduates and have amazing compositional skills. Their drummer that passed away was so skilled that practically ONLY portnoy could've filled his shoes. Many older, more experienced drummers have also said this. I'm not a 15 year old A7X fanboy, im just someone that respects and admires them for working hard and putting some real talent into their albums. You're just some idiot who doesn't know what they're talking about.
    BrokenBricks
    am i the only one who hates both bands? screw dream theater with their stale dad-metal, and screw a7x with their clothing lines and drug addict corpse of an ex-drummer. with your no attitude bands rofl
    slayerfrk
    why cant mike just go back to LTE and maybe DT and tell A7X to jack eachother off and jizz onto their drummers grave
    crazysam23_Atax
    Eggmond wrote: he doesnt like going into an album cycle with DT so he joins AX7 for an album cycle?
    No, he was on the album cycle before he had his mutual fallout with JP and the gang.
    rgt42dx
    Mike Portnoy would be so disappointed to read all (most) of these comments.
    slayerfrk
    GenerationKILL wrote: Eirien wrote: I really really hope Mike gets over his midlife crisis and leaves that mediocre pop-metal band to start making some decent music again. "mediocre pop metal" What the hell do you listen to thats better? Dragonforce because they play their guitars at 1 million BPM? Some black metal band so that everyone knows how "extreme" your music tastes are? Most people that criticize avenged sevenfold haven't a clue what they're talking about. A7X are easily one of the most talented groups out there right now, its about time they got more recognition for their efforts. Both guitarists are MIT graduates and have amazing compositional skills. Their drummer that passed away was so skilled that practically ONLY portnoy could've filled his shoes. Many older, more experienced drummers have also said this. I'm not a 15 year old A7X fanboy, im just someone that respects and admires them for working hard and putting some real talent into their albums. You're just some idiot who doesn't know what they're talking about.
    **** you ignorant dick A7X have shit talent and make shit songs and only posers like them along with BFMV and pap roach, tool
    Horsedick.MPEG
    Krostyf wrote: Steve08 wrote: bokma wrote: Seref wrote: Meh. They should just reform Liquid Tension Experiment. Better music than either DT or A7X. +1 I still love DT... and I hate a7x; I think they just plain suck. I say Portnoy's selling out.How the **** is he selling out when he just wouldn't be happy playing in Dream Theater...? Also, no, LTE is pretty much constant showboating. I mean, there are some cool ideas in there if your ear is good enough to pick them out but in terms of music... not at all. lol? selling out? hes already the world's most awesome drummer
    I would love to claim Mike as the best drummer ever, but Danney Carey from Tool is betterer
    Maledictanomaly
    Okay, guys chill. We all know DT is awesome, but A7X is no mediocre band. They're great musicians, and their drums have never been something to put them down about. They've always have amazing drums. Listen to songs like Second Heartbeat or Bat Country, just to name two. You cannot say A7X is just some mediocre band. And as for the tour cycle thing, its a bit different with a7x, seeing as how they're more modern and there's more hype with word of a new a7x album.
    SGplayer1991
    indyrock91 wrote: Nirvana00125 wrote: Ahahaha Dream Theater is less diverse, that's funny. And Syn's guitar work sucks. All he does is play really high up on the fret board while using a harmonizer pedal. Petrucci=100000x better. But I do hope he stays out of DT. He's a control freak about their music. Butthurt DT fan is butthurt. Since I've received some criticism for saying A7X is more diverse, here's why I say tht. Listen to the self-titled album. Little Piece of Heaven is nothing like their other stuff beng dominantly a horns song, then they do a country rock song with Dear God (both excellent songs imo). Then they have Seize the Day from COE, an acoustic song with a powerful emotional solo (try that petrucci) from Syn. Just a few examples
    This exactly this Syn is just an incredibale guitarist...if it wasn't for the Seize the Day solo I wouldn't have picked up a guitar
    Zoso1994
    As a DT fan and someone who doesn't think much of A7X, I'm sad to see Mike go, but hey, it's his choice. I can't say DT will be the same without him, but I definitely think they can make do with someone else. Good luck to MP, DT and A7X, hope some good music can be made in spite of all this.
    bass-boy-garith
    The Big GP wrote: For people who bash Avenged Sevenfold for being pop-metal, please refrain from dryhumping your Dream Theater posters. Portnoy can clearly see who the better of the bands is, and made the right decision. I've listened to many songs by DT and they are something awful, just a sweet drum beat followed by an unoriginal guitar riff and a singer who sounds like he's autistic. Plus, let's be honest, he probably made more money off Nightmare than he did for all of DT's terrible progressive(ly worse) metal albums. At least A7X tried new things, DT sticks with the same boring formula that really makes me scratch my head as to how someone could bash another band while they are listening to this garbage.
    ROFL.15 year old girls are pretty funny. Mike can do whatever he wants, its his life. I find it disappointing that he'd rather make money than write music. But, its his life.
    Religulous
    The good that I see out of Mike leaving is that maybe these A7X kids will stop bashing everything that isn't A7X or Green Day or whatever... and start to appreciate some other music.. Maybe look up Mike Portnoy's history and realize that maybe you can't judge Dream Theater by that one song that you heard that one time...
    metalmaniac90
    Why does everyone get so demanding on other peoples lives? "You gotta be in the band "I" want you to be in." Quit being such ****ing control freaks. If you don't like Dream Theater, great. Don't like A7X? More power to you. However; The sooner you realise your opinion doesn't have dominion over their career and THEIR happiness the better.
    RosenCurse
    musicman789 wrote: DegaDeth wrote: Eggmond wrote: he doesnt like going into an album cycle with DT so he joins AX7 for an album cycle? Thats exactly what i thought musicman789 wrote: Am I the only one on UG supporting this? I thought the song 'Nightmare' was ****ing great. Have yet to hear the whole album though, can't wait til I buy it Just you and A7X fanboys like this. I personally think that he will get bored of playing in standard time sometime next year, realised that he made a huge mistake and come begging to Petrucci to take him back. If he did go back to DT probably one of the terms is that Petrucci gives him a dead arm everyday for the rest of his life lol dude. I'm not a fanboy, Nightmare was the first song I had ever heard from AX7 no lie
    Dude there are ten better songs from a7x than that piece of shit song. Buried alive is a better song. Waking the Fallen is a better album. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet destroys that damn song.
    mozmoz
    well honestly if his heart isnt with dream theater anymore, then its a good thing that he left, i think the whole thing is refreshing , would love to hear him write his own stuff with A7X, and both bands are good , but dream theater is way more satisfying for me , its a personal taste not a general statement, and oh dont get me wrong MP was a big part of dream theater and and insaaaane drummer,but hes not dream theater , and dream theater will survive but if Petrucci or Rudess left the band , that would really **** up the band