AVENGED SEVENFOLD Bassist: We Didn't Ask MIKE PORTNOY To Quit DREAM THEATER

AVENGED SEVENFOLD is currently on tour with STONE SOUR and HELLYEAH across the U.K. Bassist Johnny Christ took time out of his busy schedule to chat to Miss Bomb in an interview that can be heard every Thursday on "The Bombshell Rock Show" throughout November at 9 p.m. at www.phoenixradio.co.uk. Below is a short excerpt from the chat.

Miss Bomb: What are the current expectations for the U.K. tour?

Johnny Christ: I think its going to be a great tour because there is a really good bill to come out here, co-headlining with STONE SOUR, and HELLYEAH are going to be playing all the shows. And then we got some of these places where we could bring a lot of our staging so we are excited about that and it's probably going to be a big party for the next two weeks.

Miss Bomb: [Current AVENGED SEVENFOLD touring drummer] Mike Portnoy has just announced his departure from DREAM THEATER. What were your feelings when you heard the news?

Johnny Christ: It was pretty crazy. He came backstage and told us and it was like, "Wow!" I can't really imagine DREAM THEATER without Mike Portnoy, so, you know, as a fan, it was pretty crazy news. As far as it goes with us (AVENGED SEVENFOLD), that was his decision that he made and had nothing to do with our reflection of anything and we don't even know what's going on yet. So, you know, to have him do that was pretty nutty (laughs), but I guess its something he's been thinking about for a long time coming.

Miss Bomb: Now he released a statement as well shortly after asking fans not to blame AVENGED SEVENFOLD for his departure. How did that make you feel?

Johnny Christ: We liked that, you know. We were worried, we didn't want some of the DREAM THEATER fans to like, "Oh, yeah, those AVENGED SEVENFOLD guys." But, like I said, it wasn't the case at all. We didn't ask him to do that; it was just kind of his thing.

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