After frontman M. Shadows went and blurted out that Avenged Sevenfold were none too happy with the wake Mike Portnoy handled his split with Dream Theater comes a statement from the band that thanks Mike for his “talent and humanity.”
But even though he’s one of the best drummers, arguably, on the planet, Avenged Sevenfold are sticking to their original agreement and won’t be working with Mike beyond 2010.
“When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we’d need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it’s time for us to take that next step,” the band says; Avenged add that they’re not ready to take on another “permanent member,” and they don’t know if they will ever be.
“But if we do, it will only be with someone who is not only a brilliant drummer, but also someone we’ve gotten to know well on the road and off, and who you the fans have had a chance to get to know, and hopefully accept. In other words, in this family, we take these steps together, band and our extended fan family.
“We are lucky to be surrounded by so many friends, many of whom knew [late drummer] Jimmy [‘The Rev’ Sullivan] very well personally, as well as our band and Jimmy’s drumming talent and style. These friends have introduced us to several amazing drummers. We have decided to take one of them out starting in January. He will not be a member of Avenged Sevenfold. He will be someone you and we are getting to know. Perhaps this drummer will be a fit. Perhaps not. One thing is for sure. Over time we will find someone who helps us continue our quest to make the music we love for the fans we love.
“Mike and the band agree that can’t be him. Why? Long before there was an Avenged Sevenfold, there were members of this band who looked up to Mike and, in Jimmy’s case, learned a lot from watching Mike play. 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. We take a lot of pride in Avenged Sevenfold being about something greater than any individuals. It’s about the music, the fans and the friends and family we have as well as continuing our best friends legacy.
“Please give whoever we try your love and support….and the benefit of the doubt. They won’t be Jimmy. Who could be? But he will be himself, with his own special talents and creativity. And that’s all we could ever look for.”