James 'The Rev' Sullivan was the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold
until his tragic death on December 28, 2009. The Rev wrote the lyrics to most of their songs and was one of the most kick-ass drummers to ever walk the face of the earth. He was a fan of Mike Portnoy
from Dream Theater
, who is now helping A7X
to get back on their feet. 3 days before his death, he came to the band after finishing the lyrics to 'Fiction' and said, "That's it. That's the final song on the album." Their new album 'Nightmare' has many references to Jimmy, like the lines;
'Never in question, lethal injection'
'Details blurry, lost him too early'
'I see, you're a king who's been dethroned'
'Cast out, in a world you've never known'
from 'Welcome To The Family'.
R.I.P. The Rev, foREVer in our hearts, never forgotten. Best Rev quote:
"One day, I'm gonna jump off the bus, and run into the woods, and never come out! And when I do, I'm gonna be the knife master."
We'll miss you Jimmy! Teach God how to play those drums!