LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Avenged Sevenfold have recruited Dream Theatre's Mike Portnoy to perform on their upcoming album, taking over for the band's drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, who recently passed.
"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." the band wrote in a statement on their website.
"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."
Sullivan was found deceased at his home in Huntington Beach on Dec. 28th and is currently undergoing post-mortem testing to determine the cause of death.
Avenged Sevenfold's eponymously named 2007 album hit #4 on the domestic charts and went gold. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers