Thursday, February 18, 2010

Avenged Sevenfold Announce Studio Drummer For New Album!

Hey Everyone!
As I'm sure you're aware, Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan passed away unexpectedly in late December 2009. As a result, their recording plans took an unplanned hiatus. In a recent statement to fans on the band's official webpage, M.Shadows stated that the band would proceed with the recording process of their new album which they had been writing at the time. He said that it would be important to The Rev, and he wanted to make sure it happened in honor of his wishes. The only question remained- who would drum for A7X? Well, it appears we finally have an answer.

Avenged Sevenfold have asked Jimmy's favorite drummer, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater to take hold of the sticks in the studio, and he has happily agreed. In a statement made over the band's myspace yesterday, the band posted the following message:

"...I want our fans to know that with Jimmy in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began. Jimmy helped leave this world an amazing gift and now it's our job to make sure to deliver that gift to our fans. We asked Jimmy's all time favorite drummer Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that’s what Jim would have wanted. Its comforting to us that someone like Mike, who is undoubtedly revered as one of the best drummers in the world, held such respect and adoration for the Rev's abilities. Even though it will never be the same without our brother by our side, his essence lives in our hearts and through the music he helped create. He was a legend before any of the success or any of that bullshit and we are fucking excited to lay this down for our fans, and especially for Jimmy."
-Avenged Sevenfold

I think its pretty awesome for Mike to step in like this. This band has been through a very difficult few months and its really great to see the music community come together like this and support fellow acts. Kudos to Mike and best of luck to the boys because this is not going to be an easy time for them.

I'm stoked for this new album, I'm sure it will be brilliant!
Rock On,
- Girl At The Rock Show
Rock On

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