Portnoy to Tour With Bigelf

But drummer Mike won't appear on UK dates of upcoming European tour.

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Bigelf have confirmed Mike Portnoy will appear with them on their European tour despite having previously said his schedule wouldn’t allow it.

But, as Classic Rock notes, the Winery Dogs, Transatlantic and Flying Colors drummer won't appear on the UK leg of their trek in mid-November.

Bigelf mainman Damon Fox last year credited Portnoy with keeping the band alive after it had suffered internal crisis in 2010. He said: "I had been keeping in touch with Mike after his difficult departure from Dream Theater. My musical future seemed bleak and I was very vocal to him about not being able to sustain the band any longer.

"He implored me to carry on. I asked him if he would help fight the good fight, and he readily agreed."

The result was acclaimed album "Into the Maelstrom," released in March - but when the band announced their tour dates Portnoy reported he'd be unable to join them, saying: "I was only ever able to commit to playing on the album and doing the Progressive Nation at Sea shows with them. However, I still strongly urge you all to go catch them live and help support the mighty Elf!"

The band are nominated in the category of Album of the Year at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards and appear at Hard Rock Hell VII in North Wales during their tour.

Bigelf European tour

10/29 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
10/30 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
11/01 - Prattein, Switzerland - Z7
11/02 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nechtleben
11/03 - Munich, Germany - Strom
11/04 - Milan, Italy - Legend Club
11/06 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 3
11/07 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
11/08 - Bilbao, Spain - Sonora

Without Portnoy

11/14 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
11/15 - North Wales, UK - Hard Rock Hell VII
11/17 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse11/18 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms11/19 - London, UK - Garage

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    With all the respect I have for him, I do have the impression he is trying to recover from his departure with Dream theater. He is an incredible drummer, but it looks like he is still wandering right and left. I do hope he'll start somthing nice again though.