Avenged Sevenfold is finally ready to return to the recording studio following the tragic death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan back in December.
They seem to have gotten their hands on a “dream drummer” to fit the bill. Here’s their announcement:
“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 bullsh-t and we are f–king excited to lay this down for our fans, and especially for Jimmy.”
Wow, wow, wow. Dream Theater‘s Mike Portnoy drumming for Avenged Sevenfold. Now that should be something special.