Drummer Mike Portnoy Leaves Adrenaline Mob

After just two years as a member of Adrenaline Mob, drummer Mike Portnoy has called it quits. 

“It saddens me to announce that the four upcoming shows in Latin America this month supporting Halestorm will be my last with Adrenaline Mob," Portnoy wrote on his official Facebook page.  "Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band’s future activities at the moment. As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don’t want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity. I’m very proud of what we started together and the music we made over the past two years and I wish the guys all the best in the future.”

In the meantime, Portnoy has focused his attention on his latest project, The Winery Dogs, along with bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and guitarist/singer Ritchie Kotzen (Poison).The band's self-titled debut album was released in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, and will hit shelves in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records.

A founding member of progressive rock giants Dream Theater, Portnoy left the band in 2010 after 25 years. He later joined Avenged Sevenfold for the recording and subsequent touring of the bands latest album, Nightmare, before the band eventually severed ties with him. 

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