After the end of drummer Mike Portnoy’s tenure with Avenged Sevenfold there has been much speculation and rumor as to who would fill the position with the band. The wait is over and Avenged Sevenfold has released a statement today on their official website announcing who they have selected to be their new touring drummer:
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano (Warrant), recommended Arin Ilejay. We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas
The “Nightmare After Christmas” tour begins tonight in Reading, PA and this will be the first opportunity for fans to see A7X backed by their new drummer.
But who is Arin Ilejay? Arin was the drummer for the now disbanded Los Angeles area Metalcore band Confide from 2007–2009, he then left the band to pursue other opportunities. After leaving Confide he stepped out of the spotlight and became Artist Relations Manager for TRX Cymbals. And that’s all I know, yes that is it. Who doesn’t love a bit of mystery, right?
Arin with his former band Confide:
I will be honest, I have never heard of Arin Ilejay or Confide, so I don’t have an opinion about how Arin will fit into A7X, but I support the band’s decision. I am sure there are thousands of people who share this sentiment. My conclusion is that A7X has previously expressed that they are a unit; there is no singular individual who is more or better than anyone else in the band. That is why someone such as Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) just wouldn’t work for them. Mike’s popularity, which is greatly warranted by his talent, is just as big of an entity as Avenged Sevenfold therefore picking someone so unknown gives an opportunity to be seen again as a singular unit.
Avenged has always been a band of brothers, maybe Arin could be a part of the family, only time will tell. I will have to say that one thing about A7X fans is they stick together and they support this band. It can be safely said that no matter what happens, it will always remain a “Welcome to the Family” mentality with A7X.
This announcement also brings up memories of A7X drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan who passed away suddenly in December 2009. I don’t want anyone to think that The Rev has been forgotten. It goes without saying that Jimmy will always be missed, but there comes a time to move on and look forward. It is inevitable and it is not necessarily a bad thing, Jimmy would want that for the fans and for the band. So I say let’s welcome Arin, and I for one can’t wait to hear how this new drummer fits into the “family” when they come to my town, Knoxville, TN, on January 26th. It’s going to be one hell of a show.
Jan 20 – Reading, Pa
Jan 22 – Lowell, MA
Jan 23 – Baltimore, MD
Jan 25 – Huntington, WV
Jan 26 – Knoxville, TN
Jan 28 – Lexington, KY
Jan 29 – Cincinnati, OH
Jan 30 – Evansville, IN
Feb 1 – Moline, IL
Feb 2 – La Crosse, WI
Feb 4 – Battle Creek, MI
Feb 5 – Detroit, MI
Feb 7 – Sioux City, IA
Feb 8 – Grand Island, NE
Feb 11 – Boise, ID
Feb 12 – Kennewick, WA
Feb 13 – Eugene, OR