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Portnoy “wasn’t” kicked out

No, we’re  not talking about Dream Theater sorry, but instead the faces of ‘guyliner’ Avenged Sevenfold. As we previously reported, Mike Portnoy had left (or rather, had “nicely” been kicked out) the band, but now (in case Metal soap opera’s are your thing) the band’s manager has been nice enough to offer his two cents, even though no one asked for it and no one cares for it.

“The plan had always been for Mike Portnoy to play with the band through 2010. Nothing changed there.” said Avenged Sevnfold‘s janitor manager whilst counting his change. “it was confusing because Mike gave interviews suggesting he may be touring with the band beyond 2010. There will be another drummer behind the kit for the band’s ‘Nightmare After Christmas’ tour [in January/February] as well as for the many other dates around the world that are underway into 2011 and beyond.”

More information can be found at Blabbermouth.


Friday Top 10: The year 2010 in metal


2010. Not as good as 2001, but still okay. Can you believe the year is coming to and end? I barely can. And then I got the job to compile a list of the most important things that happened this year. When I say the most important, I mean the most important in metal. No matter what your mom tells you, nothing is more important than metal.

Make the jump to see what made the list, and bitch about the things that haven’t.


Mike Portnoy leaves another band

Last time, it was the phenomenal, Dream Theater, but it’s ok, because this time it’s only Avenged Sevenfold.

Why did he leave? Maybe he was tired of simply ripping off better bands. Or maybe the guys asked him to also wear eyeliner and dress like a girl? Who knows… I would read the statement to find out, but it’s only Avenged Sevenfold, so it’s not like I actually care.

If you care, here’s the statement Mike made (stolen from Blabbermouth of course):

“Yes, the rumors are true… Sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end… The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me…” said Mike whilst counting his money.

Oh so he was kicked out then huh? Mike went on and on, and I’m lazy, so if you want the full statement, check out the link above. Or don’t.


Mike Portnoy finally speaks…

The metal community was shocked to its core when news got out that Dream Theater actually have a drummer. For years we’ve been guessing it’s either EZ Drummer or FL Studio behind the band’s unique sound, but nope, he’s real… His name is Mike Portnoy.

Sadly, he left the band, and while the band decides which Cubase plugin to replace him with, Mike himself opens up to Q104.3 FM about the reasons of his departure.

“Q: You didn’t wanna quit and obviously they didn’t want you out. It really just seems like it was a disagreement as to where you were in your life with the band and what they wanted to do, and I guess the odds came out to four against one, and they decide they’re going without you.

Portnoy: That’s exactly it. I mean, I didn’t wanna quit and they didn’t want me to leave, but yet here we are.

So there you have it…

When asked about why Petrucci uses kid-sized guitar straps, Portnoy had no comment.

Full interview here.

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