Drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) was interviewed on the latest edition of former RIP magazine editor and veteran music journalist Lonn Friend’s “Energize With Lonn Friend” podcast.
Commenting on BLACK SABBATH’s decision to record and tour without original drummer Bill Ward, Portnoy said: “Here’s my issue with it. I have no issue if Bill Ward is not fit to play in SABBATH, as they’re saying. Or I have no issue with it if they’re having money litigations and problems and they couldn’t agree on something that was fair. My issue is that they’re calling it a BLACK SABBATH reunion. It’s not a BLACK SABBATH reunion without the four of them. It is now just the latest BLACK SABBATH lineup.
” He continued: “Why is this BLACK SABBATH, but HEAVEN & HELL wasn’t BLACK SABBATH? I mean, we all know the real reason for it. But it’s not a true BLACK SABBATH reunion without Bill Ward. And if they need to do it without Bill, then they do it without Bill. But don’t call it a reunion. It’s just BLACK SABBATH 2013.
” Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 27 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI).