Avenged Sevenfold speak out about drummer Mike Portnoy’s departure

Band say Portnoy was never in their plans beyond 2010

Avenged Sevenfold have spoken out about the departure of drummer Mike Portnoy from the band on Friday (December 17).

The band released a statement this morning (20), explaining that they only ever envisaged that Portnoy would tour with the band until the end of this year.

“When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010,” they wrote. “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.”

They added 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 then any individuals.”

This was backed up in an interview Avenged Sevenfold’s manager Larry Jacobson gave to LA Weekly on Thursday (16). Jacobon said: “The plan had always been for Mike Portnoy to play with the band through 2010. Nothing changed. There will be another drummer behind the kit for the band’s tour.”

Portnoy has revealed that his former outfit Dream Theater, who he left earlier this year, have rejected his offer to rejoin the band.

Avenged Sevenfold have a full US tour booked in early 2011, but have yet to name their drummer for those shows.