Since the unfortunate death of Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, many have loudly wondered who the next A7X percussionist will be. Earlier today, it was announced on the band’s MySpace that Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater will be recording the drums for their next record.
“..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.
It’s safe to assume Portnoy would not be touring with the band, so a tour drummer or permanent member will still need to be selected.