Mike Portnoy has toured, recorded or played one-off shows with numerous bands as a fill-in. However, his most notable temp-gig may be Avenged Sevenfold. The group asked Portnoy to help record drums on 2010’s Nightmare shortly after the death of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. That lead to a tour with the drummer behind the kit. It was around this same time that Portnoy’s dramatic public departure from Dream Theater occurred. The split lead many people (including Porty, depending on who you ask) to think that he could become a permanent member of A7X. However, the band decided to tour without Portnoy shortly after he left Dream Theater. While they stated that they wanted to start looking for a permanent replacement for The Rev (and that Portnoy was too well known for the gig), singer M. Shadows did admit that things got “a little out of hand” and hinted that the drama surrounding Dream Theater didn’t help. Despite that, though, both camps are still on good terms.
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