Hummm... I just learned that Avenged Sevenfold are coming to Spain next October 20. And I'd love to go see them but... October 20 is a Wednesday, and they are just playing in Barcelona, which is reaaaaally far away from Madrid and it's just an impossible endeavour to finish work on Wednesday evening, go to BCN and be at work again on Thursday morning.
So, this is a message to A7X: Guys... gigs are usually on the weekend so that people can go see you. And if you can't make it on Saturday, at least try to go to a couple of cities... I live in the capital of the country, odds were in my favour!! Murphy's law I guess...
Well, I'll have to live with it and wait to see if there's a next time. I've grown interested in A7X lately because Mike Portnoy, (ex)drummer of Dream theater, which happens to be one of my favourite bands, has helped them record their last album and is on tour with them right now. Tragedy struck Avenged Sevenfold a while ago, when their drummer, Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, passed away unexpectedly. He had already written most of the drum parts for the next album, and the band asked Portnoy (Sullivan's favourite drummer ever) if he would play those parts as The Rev would have liked that. So Portnoy did, and after recording the album he's been on tour with the band -right after finishing touring with DT supporting Iron Maiden- and Barcelona's is one of the tour concerts and I won't be able to attend it. I already missed the chance to see Dream Theater on tour with Iron Maiden -I could go see Maiden but DT only supported them on the American leg of the tour- and chances are that seeing Mike Portnoy won't be an option either haha!
And there's sometghing else. Yesterday, Mike Portnoy announced that he was leaving Dream Theater due to his need to take a long break from the band. Apparently, he has been feeling like needing it for over a year now and he asked the guys to focus on personal projects for a year or two and then go back together fresher and bigger than ever. However, it seems that the rest of the band didn't feel that way, and they let Portnoy go to continue with DT on their own.
Some questions arise now. Portnoy was the leader of the band, he was always the most visible person and even his father named the formation. His role, in my view, was that of Steve Harris in Iron Maiden. Harris visit to the recording studio to arrange the album mixtures with Kevin Shirley right after landing on LA during the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour really caught my eye. It was his band and he supervised everything. It's easy to see that on the DT DVD documentaries too, and an example that caught my attention was that of Portnoy telling James LaBrie the right way to sing a part of the song, correcting his previous attempt. He really cares about the band and it mus have been a tough decision to make. Yesterday was a sad day for all of us, I really liked his way of playing, but I'll keep following him anyway.
So, he is with A7X now but only temporarily, just as a favour. You can take a look at what Avenged Sevenfold's tour with Mike Portnoy looks like here. Isn't it something??: