Mike Portnoy Exclusive Interview Tonight On Eddie Trunk's Friday Night Rocks. - Avenged Sevenfold

Mike Portnoy Exclusive Interview Tonight On Eddie Trunk's Friday Night Rocks.

Mike Portnoy will do an exclusive interview tonight on Eddie Trunk’s Friday Night Rocks show to discuss his departure from Dream Theater. The show begins at 11:30pm EST. Find out more information on where you can listen here. This is the only interview he’ll be doing to speak out on and discuss the issue.

UPDATE: Mike did discuss Avenged Sevenfold a bit during the show. You can read the entire transcript here.

Q: How much do you think that playing with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and the other projects that you do — you’re always busy working creatively, doing other things, whether it’s DREAM THEATER or not — played a role in this coming down, if any?

Portnoy: Well, it absolutely had nothing to do with my initial thoughts, because, like I mentioned earlier, I was already discussing this with the guys last fall. And last fall, The Rev [late AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer] was still alive and well and I had nothing to do with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and I was already feeling these feelings last September/October. If you watch the “Wither” video that we shot on that tour, almost all the footage is me hanging out with Mikael Åkerfeldt [of OPETH] or Damon Fox [of BIGELF]; I was already feeling some separation from the guys in DREAM THEATER. The groundwork in those feelings was already laid down back then. So, really, the feelings had nothing to do with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, and once 2010 rolled around, I went and did some shows with HAIL!, and then I went and did a couple of months of touring with TRANSATLANTIC, and then I started the tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, and all three of those projects — not just AVENGED, but all three of those projects — equally showed me how I was feeling very comfortable and happy and refreshed with some of these other bands. And I go back to DREAM THEATER, like on the MAIDEN tour, and the relationships between the five of us in DREAM THEATER were a bit strained; everybody was kind of just burnt out on each other — sitting in different dressing rooms and not hanging out, and like I mentioned, if you watch the “Wither” video… There was a bit of that strain, and 25 years together sometimes will do that. We love each other, we’re brothers, and we’re family, but sometimes you kind of grow apart and need some space, and that’s what I was feeling. Honestly, this all was brewing way before AVENGED SEVENFOLD, but AVENGED SEVENFOLD, the experience with them kind of just opened my eyes a bit, as did the TRANSLATLANTIC tour, and as did the HAIL! shows. It just opened my eyes up to what a fresh relationship can be… I don’t know… It’s real tough for me to put in words and I really don’t wanna be misnterpreted. I really don’t want people to think that I left DREAM THEATER for AVENGED SEVENFOLD — I am not a member of AVENGED SEVENFOLD; I’m just touring them and helping them out, and we’re having a great time. I just felt like I wouldn’t have my heart into going back to DREAM THEATER in January without having some sort of a break. I mean, the way it is now with AVENGED, I guess we’ll just ride this out together, because they’re a band without a drummer, and now I’m a drummer without a band. We haven’t made any decisions or have even discussed where we go from here. It’s just for now I will continue playing with them and we’ll see where we go from there.

Q: You’re out with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, which is gonna continue into the New Year, so at this point, you’re just gonna hold with that gig and continue playing with those guys and I imagine you’re having fun doing it, right?

Portnoy: Well, yeah. I am indeed having a great time with these guys, so there’s no denying that. They’re a great bunch of guys, the show is awesome, their fans are awesome, and they’ve been great to me. The thing with them is they need to take small baby steps because of the situation they just went through with their drummer dying, so they’re really in no rush to get a permanent drummer, and they’re taking baby steps one day at a time. And I’m in the same boat now, because I don’t wanna make any major decisions right now either and now I’m gonna take baby steps and just take this one day at a time. And I guess right now there’s no pressure for me, and there’s no pressure for them, to make any decisions for awhile now; we can just carry on with their tour, and we have the luxury of time now without any pressure hanging over either of our heads. So I’ll carry on with them and then when the time comes that I have to make a decision to do something else, I’ll climb that hill when I get there. But right now, it’s nice to not have the pressure and I could just play.