Avenged Sevenfold: Drama Between Portnoy And Dream Theater Caused Us A Lot Of Heartache

"Metal Zone" host Nikki Blakk of the radio station 107.7 The Bone conducted an interview with Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance.

Avenged Sevenfold: Drama Between Portnoy And Dream Theater Caused Us A Lot Of Heartache
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According to Blabbermouth.net, on December 16, "Metal Zone" host Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone conducted an interview with Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance before the band's free show at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow. On Avenged Sevenfold's plans for the immediate future: Zacky: "We're gonna do something that we really haven't done since the beginning and just dedicate a small amount of time, which, in the grand scheme of things, is a tiny amount of time, but to us, it's huge. We wanna go back to Southeast Asia and just do it right for them. There are a couple of places that we really need to play, like Indonesia - there's been huge supporters of us, and we haven't been there on this touring cycle. So we're gonna go back around April and just put it to rest with that. But from now until then, we're gonna kind of do something that's unheard of and not do anything. We're not gonna worry about writing or doing anything. I mean, obviously, we're musicians. When we're at home, we're gonna be tinkering down, trying to come up with ideas, but we're not gonna do anything structured. We're gonna get a warehouse, we're gonna build it up, put up our favorite punk-band posters, we're gonna do it just like we did when we were younger. And probably around summertime, we're gonna work on getting together and jamming ... And then once the ideas start coming. And once you have one song you're excited about, it's all over from there. But yeah, we're gonna take a little bit of time off - not like an indefinite hiatus or anything - just enough time to rest, recover our frail old bodies and have some fun." On how Avenged Sevenfold got caught up in the drama between their one-time touring drummer Mike Portnoy and Mike's former band, Dream Theater: Zacky: "It was something that we were not used to at all. We had never, ever experienced any kind of in-the-spotlight drama; we just always stay in the shadows and keep any of our personal business private. And [Mike is] a very different character - he always goes straight to fans [on] Twitter or whatever... That's how he dealt with his band, and it was new to us. We like to be in touch with our fans, but we're also very private. 'Cause, to us, it's not about Zacky or M. Shadows or Synyster Gates, it's about Avenged Sevenfold; it's more important than any one of us. And he'd been talking about quitting Dream Theater, that he wasn't necessarily happy, and he was excited to be playing with us; we were playing huge shows and stuff. I think he got caught up in the moment, got excited. We begged him to consider what he did, because we were in no position to find a permanent replacement, because in all honesty, you can't replace [late Avenged Sevenfold drummer] Jimmy ['The Rev' Sullivan], who was our best friend - first and foremost - besides being an amazing drummer. So it just wasn't the right time and the place. And he told us, 'Hey, I've got good news and bad news. I quit Dream Theater.' We were like, 'Oh, no. Well, if you're happy, then that's good.' [And he was like], 'Now I can be with you guys.' And we were like, 'That's not necessarily what we decided upon. And you should take your time and reconsider.' And he was like, 'Well, I put out my press release.' We were like, 'Dude, that's not how we do business. You should have talked to us before.' Then it was back and forth [between Mike and his former Dream Theater bandmates]. We were out of it; we had nothing to do with it. We were just trying to get back on our feet. So when all that was going down, it was causing us a lot of heartache, to be honest - to see our name in this drama-filled love triangle. He helped us out at a really vulnerable time, and for that we will always be extremely appreciative. But for us, we were so unstable at that point that any unneeded attention was just very harmful to us. Obviously, it didn't work out [between us and Mike], but I think it's for the best - for him and for us."

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    ddavis12
    I'm glad there's somebody other than Mike or the guys from DT telling us their side of the story. Felt bad for them being in the middle of this as well...
    Eirien
    Someone should watch this video through and count how many time he says "y'know". Y'know?
    RichD
    shredder3386 wrote: true_bacon22 wrote: So he WAS going to ditch DT for these guys!? WOW, just lost all my respect for Portnoy. I never had any for him to begin with...good drummer, aweful human being
    Well put, Portnoy = massive attention seeker. Turned his back on his bandmate's of 20 year's to try get in on A7X growing fame. To the point where he quit DT for a7x. He got what he deserved when a7x did'nt want him full time and DT would'nt take him back when he tried to worm his way back. Good on them.
    shredder3386
    true_bacon22 wrote: So he WAS going to ditch DT for these guys!? WOW, just lost all my respect for Portnoy.
    I never had any for him to begin with...good drummer, aweful human being
    Biggilton
    Are we suddenly in high school again, Portnoy? Get over yourself buddy. That's what I respect about A7X, they're in it for the music, and that's it. Good on 'em.
    Superguitar
    I'm actually really excited about the approach that they're thinking about taking on recording the next album. The whole renting a warehouse, putting up their favorite band posters, and jamming like the old days. Maybe that'll give them the inspiration to maybe go back and do some Waking the Fallen style songs? As far as the Portnoy thing goes, I do feel really bad for Avenged that they got caught up in all of it. They dont deserve that kind of negative attention and press. Love this interview. Zacky's such an inspiring guy, as are all of the members of Avenged. Absolutely my musical heroes.
    DarkieBC
    So he WAS going to ditch DT for these guys!? WOW, just lost all my respect for Portnoy.
    Avenged Sevenfold has some really good work. I like DT better but a7x are kinda great.
    Bananaman1jovan
    Ahahaha i dont much like a7x but they do strike gold occasionally, but the whole "now i can be with you guys" thing was hilarious. I love portnoys musicianship but he is making a douche outta himself alot lately. So is Mustaine but he's still awesome
    DarkieBC
    To be honest i've lost most respect i had for Portonoy, however i stil respect his musical work, i would be a fool if i didnt.
    rechris06
    Zacky does have a point, they don't try to act all Axl Rose or Liam about everything. true_bacon22 wrote: So he WAS going to ditch DT for these guys!? WOW, just lost all my respect for Portnoy.[/quote] He wanted to take a break from touring with DT because he had been doing it for 20 years. He didn't necessarily want to quit, but when he took a break and toured with Sevenfold for a little bit, they didn't want him back. He just assumed too much.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Eirien wrote: Someone should watch this video through and count how many time he says "y'know". Y'know?
    That's how you tell if someone's from California. Y,now?
    Theibanez2012
    no body can replace Jimmy 'The Rev' he is the best drummers i have heard but when he died, I was like oh my god what is a7x going to do now, but portnoy is a fool. In a band you should always talk about it first then letting people now about it.
    magner.kb
    Portnoy is an AMAZING DRUMMER, but the way he acted between A7X and DT is just stupid. He has no sense of loyalty apparently, he would've done the same thing to A7X if they had let him in for a permanent position. He's a dude who believes there's an "I" in TEAM, but there isn't. Portnoy=Glory Whore
    WootNugget
    Okay. Mike is a good drummer. No disrespect to that, but what an idiot. Its cool that he wants to help out, but it almost takes precision to have that bad of timing. I mean right after a7x lost Jimmy. In this world, not everything is about just you.