Mike Portnoy To Tour With Avenged Sevenfold

By Andy Doerschuk Published May 6, 2010

It’s a done deal. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has confirmed that he will tour with Avenged Sevenfold for all of the band’s upcoming shows through the rest of the year. This comes as little surprise to fans of Portnoy, who recorded the band’s upcoming yet-untitled release earlier this year, stepping in for the band’s late drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, who passed away last year. The cause of his death has yet to be announced.

“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 wrote. “Although I wish I could stay on board with Avenged Sevenfold in a more permanent capacity, the reality is that I am committed to Dream Theater as my main priority — that is my baby after all — and I will need to resume work with Dream Theater 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.”