I can only imagine the pain the band suffers from losing a member. However, I know if I were a deceased member of a band, I would want nothing but the best for them and for them to continue doing what they all love doing. And for these dudes, it's be a band. Bayside eventually replaced their drummer. A7X should do the same.
So basically Portnoy takes on A7X as a side project, begins to really enjoy it, thinks he might stick with it, leaves Dream Theater, finds out A7X don't want him on board permanently, tries to rejoin Dream Theater and is refused?
I can agree with them as far as their recognition goes, I'd be afraid of my band losing our hard-earned integrity and reputable recognition to a new member, no matter how respected he is or how much he wants to be in the band.
It's like if NeverShoutNever! got Paul McCartney to play bass for him. The band would no longer be NeverShoutNever! (I know he's planning to change the name anyway).
I'm glad there was finally an explanation posted. I read Mike's initial statement and it seemed a lot meaner than it really was. Still, what a crappy situation to be in.
On the bright side, being one of the most respected and influential drummers to most people will probably help him land another gig no problem. He could honestly just do session drumming or videos the rest of his life and make a mad living, but I know his heart is into writing songs and playing them. He apparently did everything for Dream Theater so it's really weird thinking of them making another record or touring without him.
I've not been a fan of Avenged Sevefold since, well, ever, but I picked up their new album specifically because of Portnoy (excellent drummer) and I still hated it, in fact I gave it to one of my friends. Basically what I'm getting at is, Avenged Sevenfold jus got rid of their only talented member, smart move! I'm sure this will take the band into uncharted waters....