Avenged Sevenfold Drummer Found Dead

On December 29, 2009, in Uncategorized, by admin

Ok. My reddgranite peeps. Most of you are not across this group as it truly caters my hard rock side which few of you share.  But from multiple news sources today, it is reported that Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead in  his Orange County home today, dead of apparent natural causes.  Very little information was available, the band posted a very brief statement on their website www.avengedsevenfold.com confirming his passing and requesting respect for his family. He was 28. It will be interesting to see what they autopsy reveals.  This group is known for a lifestyle of debauchery, a reputation in which they were trying to overcome. In fact, this is a paradoxical set of guys; in spite of their life style, many of their songs have deeply religious themes.  Songs such as “Afterlife”, “City of Evil” and many others have religious under tones that mainly detail the struggle of good and evil, or one’s true connection to God. Interesting group, in my book, and one who’s music I love. I have referred to them as kind of a modern day hard rock version of Kansas…a group who’s music uses many influences and instruments, from thrashing, gravel voiced, speed hard rock to songs that are laced with strings, somewhat melodic; all the way to the extreme of melodic and downright country sounding. Their last single, “Dear God” could easily been confused as a country song. No doubt, as they claim to take in many musical influences, including the music of Toby Keith; when searching for new directions. Again, interesting sort of group. I have seen them twice in concert, both times with very good reviews and  performances with great crowd response.

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold

As of late, they have been off of the touring schedule, initially due to the lead singer’s voice needing serious rest, and of late, to work on their fifth studio album which is partially finished at this point. It has been over two years since their last release, and fans are eager for another album, which will surely now be delayed. Their last self title album went gold, selling over 500,000 copies. Not bad in today’s world of musical downloads. Their most popular song of their catalog comes from 2006’s “City of Evil” album with the wildly popular “Bat Country” , a song about the  late Hunter S. Thompson. The band started in 1999 in Orange County playing clubs. They were barely out of high school.

So, in honor of the drummer’s death, I feel compelled to add “Dear God” to my New Years Eve play list. Do not worry, it will sound like my best shot at a country song, not a rock song, afterall, we are just accoustic players, but do remember, I hate country music. But I love this song, so it will all be good.


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