LandsMan asks, How does it feel playing for such a great band as Avenged Sevenfold? Also, what’s it like knowing that the guys in the band are relying on you to do what The Rev did and keep his drumming legacy alive? [Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan died in 2009.]
Avenged Sevenfold’s new song Nightmare, featuring Mike Portnoy on drums. Warning: lyrics NSFW!
“It feels great to be playing with those guys. On a personal level, they’re amazing people, absolutely super-nice. They have a fantastic family camaraderie and wonderful spirit. To be part of that is an honor and something that’s real exciting to me. I can’t wait to hit the road with them. Their music is really cool and I’m looking forward to playing it.
“As far as my responsibility to keeping The Rev’s spirit alive, I’m totally down with that. I do enough projects where I feel that my style and personality comes through, so I don’t feel the need to incorporate that into Avenged Sevenfold. If they want a little bit of ‘me’ in Avenged Sevenfold, I’d be glad to give it to them. The purpose of me playing with them, both in the studio and live, is to carry on the legacy of The Rev. The fans loved him, and they always will. I’m going to do the best I can to carry on that legacy for him and the fans…and the band.”
Chandlerfyfe wants to know if you’ve chosen a badass stage name for when you hit the road with Avenged Sevenfold.
[laughs] “I heard [Avenged Sevenfold singer] M Shadows say in an interview, ‘Mike Portnoy doesn’t need a badass stage name because he’s Mike Portnoy. He’s a legendary drummer and his own name is cool enough.’ I never would’ve said such a thing, but to hear M Shadows say it was pretty great.
“That being said, there’s a couple of cool names. I’ve heard some fans suggest The Rabbi – you know, in reference to The Rev. I don’t like that one, so we can dismiss that nickname right off the bat. I don’t know… I like the name Kenny Powers from [the HBO series] Eastbound And Down. So instead of Kenny Fucking Powers, I could be Mikey Fucking Powers! [laughs] Oh! How about Captain Bluebeard? [laughs] Let’s throw Captain Bluebeard into the mix!”
Thanks Chris for letting us know the interview was up!