New Avenged Sevenfold Drummer Named: Arin Ilejay Indulged by Brian Willett | Published on January 20, 2011 New Avenged Sevenfold Drummer Named: Arin Ilejay After the untimely passing of original Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater stepped into the massive void. However, Portnoy’s stint with the band was not a permanent one, and Avenged Sevenfold has been eagerly searching for a new drummer. It seems the search has come to an end, as the band announced Arin Ilejay would be the new Avenged Sevenfold drummer. “We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic,” explained Avenged Sevenfold in a statement. “We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.” According to Avenged Sevenfold, they were looking for someone who had a style similar to Jimmy’s. Although The Rev can never be replaced, the band felt that Ilejay would come closest to continuing Jimmy’s legacy. “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,” Avenged Sevenfold explained. “Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay.” Avenged Sevenfold will be giving Ilejay a trial by fire on the Nightmare After Christmas tour, which kicks off January 20; find full Avenged Sevenfold tour dates below and pick up Avenged Sevenfold tickets right here. Bloginity reviewed Avenged Sevenfold’s latest release, Nightmare, right here, and you can download that album here. Other Avenged Sevenfold downloads are here. Avenged Sevenfold Tour Dates, Tickets Find the lowest prices on Avenged Sevenfold tickets right here. Jan 20 Reading, PA Sovereign Center Jan 22 Boston Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell Jan 23 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena Jan 25 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena Jan 26 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium Coliseum Jan 28 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena Jan 29 Cincinnati US Bank Arena (Firstar Ctr) (End Stage) Jan 30 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium Feb 1 Moline, IL i Wireless Center Feb 2 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center Feb 4 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena Feb 5 Detroit The Palace Feb 5 Detroit Palace of Auburn Hills Feb 7 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center Feb 7 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center Feb 8 Grand Island, NE Heartland Events Center Feb 11 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena Feb 12 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center and Toyota Arena Feb 13 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena Feb 27 Rooty Hill, Australia Eastern Creek Raceway Read more: http://www.bloginity.com/blog/2011/01/20/avenged-sevenfold-drummer-named-arin-ilejay/#ixzz1PJdZ8zpV

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