Late Avenged Sevenfold drummer "The Rev" would have been 38 years old today!
Who was "The Rev"?
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was the original drummer for world renowned heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.
"The Rev" was born in Huntingdon Beach, California in 1981. He received his first set of drum sticks at the age of five and then a full drum set at the age of 12. He first started playing in bands whilst in high school. Before Avenged Sevenfold he was apart of a band called "Suburban Legends" which was a third wave ska band.
At the age of only 20 years old, Jimmy recorded his first studio album with Avenged Sevenfold which was titled "Sounding the seventh trumpet". The Rev also mentioned in multiple interviews some of his influencers were:
Frank Zappa - who was a very well known drummer and activist from the early 70s.
Vinnie Paul - who was originally the drummer for legendary band Pantera and Hellyeah.
Lars Ulrich - who is the drummer of thrash metal band Metallica.
Tommy Lee - who is the drummer for Motley Crue. The Rev said in an interview with
ModernDrummer.com "It's funny, of all my influences, Tommy Lee is a visual influence. I never thought I'd have one of those".
Here we have a video of Jimmy pratictising the song "Almost Easy" which features "The Double Octopus" The video was uploaded by YouTuber Andrei Figuracion
The Rev told DrumMagazine.com that the "Double Ride Thing" is a technique that can be heard on tracks such as "Almost Easy" "Critical Acclaim" "Cross Roads" and "Dancing Dead". The technique is done by doubling up at a fast tempo between the double bass and ride cymbals.
At the second annaul Revolver Golden God Awards (2010), The Rev won the award for best drummer which was hosted by Ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and late drummer Vinnie Paul. The award was received by family members and Avenged Sevenfold on his behalf due to the drummer passing away in 2009.
Video uploaded by YouTuber MeXiCaNrEVa7x
The Rev was also apart of the band "Pinkly Smooth" which was a side project for Avenged Sevenfold members The Rev and Guitarist Synyster Gates formed in 2001. The band only released one album "Unfortunate Short" which also featured Avenged Sevenold bassist Justin Meacham as a keyboard player.
On December 28th 2009, the world was shocked with the news that Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was found unresponsive at his Huntingdon Beach home. Sadly, he was later pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Police initially belived that he had died from natural causes, but after examination the cause was a mixture of drugs and alcohol.
On that day, we lost a legend of rock.
On 6th January 2010 a private funeral attended by close family and friends was held and then buried in The Good Sheperd Cemetery in his home town Huntingdon Beach, California.
In rememberance of The Rev, Avenged Sevenfold dedicated there fith studio album "Nightmare" to him in which the tracks "So Far Away" and "Fiction" where noted to be the songs dedicated to Jimmy.
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan left the world early, but also left behind some of the worlds best musical art.
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