Since the departure of Mike Portnoy at the end of 2010, there has been constant speculation amongst the Avenged Sevenfold fanbase as to who would replace him and in turn, drum in place of Jimmy ‘the Rev’ Sullivan. After mentioning that they had been practicing with someone, A7X have released an official statement to confirm they have a new drummer to tour with. Their statement reads –
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas tour.
Arin used to drum for the band Confide. You can see A7X at numerous upcoming dates on their Nightmare After Christmas tour, Download Festival and more.