Rockers Avenged Sevenfold will start 2011 with a new drummer after parting ways with MIKE PORTNOY.
The band hired Dream Theater's Portnoy as a temporary stand-in to join them on tour over the summer (10) following the tragic death of founding member Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan in December 2009.
But Portnoy reveals he has been booted from the line-up, suggesting he had hoped to rock on with the group for a little longer.
In a post on his website, he writes: "Sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end.
"The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me. I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was the initial plan.
"I had an awesome time on stage with the guys every night and have so many cool memories from the experience with them. I am proud to always be part of the Avenged Sevenfold family and history. I also adore the Avenged Sevenfold fans and totally appreciate the way they welcomed me aboard and were so loving and supportive during my time with the band... thank you!"
Avenged Sevenfold have yet to announce a new drummer to join them on the road when they kick off their U.S. tour in January (11).