Mike Portnoy recently spoke with Noisecreep about Flying Colors, Adrenaline Mob and reflected on his time with Avenged Sevenfold.
Now that you’re far removed from your time filling in for A7X, how do you look back on it?
– It was a great experience. The Dream Theater thing overtook the spotlight, and that was never the intention. The intention all along was to be there to serve them and [late drummer] Jimmy’s [Sullivan] memory. It got overshadowed in the end, which was never my intention. The media hype blew everything else up, so I totally understand their need to go with younger drummer. I come with history and baggage. As much as I love those guys, I tweet and stay in touch with my fans on Facebook, whereas they are more private. It makes total, total sense to go with someone new and young.