Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance on Mike Portnoy

NEWS Published on 31 July 2011

Mike Portnoy


After Mike Portnoy quit Dream Theater last year, the drummer was eyeing a new career with Avenged Sevenfold. But in a new interview, the band's guitarists, Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, say that was never part of their plan.

Speaking to Guitar World magazine, Gates said that he considered Portnoy "family," but indicated that one of the problems of a long-term professional relationship with the Dream Theater man (who filled in as a recording and touring player following the death of A7X's original drummer, Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan) was money.

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