Rock music magazine Revolver put together a special July 2010 collector’s issue for the band Avenged Sevenfold in the wake of drummer Jimmy Sullivan’s death on Dec. 28, 2009. In it, they repurposed my Nov. 2007 profile of him from Drum! magazine. This is the re-edited version.
“No.” That’s how 5-year-old Jimmy Owen Sullivan, now better known as Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer the Rev, responded to his parents when they first suggested that he take music lessons. “I fought them on it,” he says. “But I was always kind of interested.”
A little over two decades later, that interest has led him to a Manhattan recording studio, where the Huntington Beach, California, native is working on his band’s follow-up to its platinum-certified 2005 album, City of Evil. It’s been a long couple of months for the Rev. Much of his year has been spent writing and recording basic tracks for the record, and just a few days prior, his iPod went berserk, vaporizing the 4,500 songs he had stored for inspiration. “I don’t do too well with technology,” he professes, arms held wide in surrender.
What the Rev does do well with is a drum kit, though his first was “a serious mail-order drum kit,” he says, laughing, “a piece of crap… I got my own kit a year later.”
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