Mike Portnoy, drummer for prog rock powerhouse, Dream Theater has announced he'll be touring with Avenged Sevenfold throughout their 2010 tour following the conclusion of Dream Theater's world tour this summer.
Portnoy recorded the latest album with the band after the passing of their drummer, The Rev. Portnoy announced on his site yesterday that, "After having had such an amazing experience recording my drum tracks for the new Avenged Sevenfold album, we all knew it would be awesome if I'd be able to do some touring with the band after its release..."
Portnoy goes on to say, "Although I wish I could stay on board with A7X in a more permanent capacity, the reality is that I am committed to Dream Theater as my main priority (that is my baby afterall!), and I will need to resume work with DT to start a new album at some point in 2011...However, I will be able to join my brothers in Avenged Sevenfold for at least the duration of their touring throughout 2010...and hopefully this will give them the time to continue to heal and get comfortable back on the road...."
Mike Portnoy was one of The Rev's favorite drummers during his life, so it was an honor for Mike to step in and help the band out with their latest album. It shows true class for Portnoy to treat this situation so delicately and sacrifice much-needed time with his family taking on another tour after completing two tours with Dream Theater and his side-project, Transatlantic.
For more information, visit Mike Portnoy's website: www.mikeportnoy.com