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Mike Portnoy No Longer Drumming For Avenged Sevenfold

Mike Portnoy performing with A7X during the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour. (Adam Bettcher, Getty)

Those hoping to see Mike Portnoy drumming for Avenged Sevenfold at our January 30th Damn Loud Rock Show, will be a little disappointed.

According to a posting on the band’s website, Portnoy is no longer touring with the band starting at the beginning of the year.

The band will begin introducing new drummer’s throughout the rest of the year, and according to the posting ‘won’t officially be part of Avenged Sevenfold.’

The posting also goes on to say that the band may have had doubts about Portnoy overshadowing the rest of the group.

‘He is a brilliant writer, producer and of course drummer. Because of that, the world and we would always see it as Avenged Sevenfold with Mike Portnoy.’

Portnoy was originally with the band Dream Theater, which he left last year to join Avenged Sevenfold on tour.

No word as to who the line-up of drummers will be for the tour, but the band is urging its fans to give whoever it is, a chance.

‘Please give whoever we try your love and support….and the benefit of the doubt. They won’t be Jimmy. Who could be?’

Still Hollywood Undead and Stone Sour are going to be there, so I don’t think a little drummer shake up is going to change things. Should be as crazy as the last time A7X came here in 2008.

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