It is with heavy sorrow that we lost Jimmy to natural causes 12/28/2009. Rest in Peace we will love and miss you eternally!
The Rev aka The Reverend Tholomew Plague aka James (Jimmy) Owen Sullivan (Born 02/10/1981) is the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold. He started playing the drums when he was 10 years old and his first record was released when he was 18 years of age.
Jimmy and Brian formed a band called Pinkly Smooth that is currently on hold so they can focus on Avenged Sevenfold full time. In Pinkly Smooth Jimmy's stage name was Rat Head. He sang in the band and played drums. Jimmy was also in another band called Third-Wave Ska band Suburban Legends. He was in the band with the former Avenged Sevenfold bassist Justin Sane.
Jimmy's favorite bands are the Transplants and Rancid. He cites his influences as being Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Dave Lombardo, Paul Bastaph of Slayer, and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater.
Jimmy wrote every part, Lyrics, riffs ect. of 4 of the songs recently written for the Avenged Sevenfold album.
Jimmy is a self proclaimed perfectionist.
Brian has given Jimmy informal guitar lessons through the years.
Larry Jacobson, A7X Manager, says Jimmy looks like an octopus when he plays Almost Easy.
Jimmy joined the percussion ensemble at Harbor College in L.A. in the 6th thru the 8th grade.
Jimmy began transcribing exceedingly difficult metal tunes including Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera eventually learning Dream Theatre and Rush.
Jimmy's parents wanted him to take piano lessons when he was 5 but he resisted them but secretly wanted to play.
Jimmy started out at age 10 with a mail ordered drum kit which he calls crap. A year later he got his own kit.
Jimmy was raised Catholic.
Jimmy lived with Brian for a while and Papa Gates had this to say about him: "Jimmy is eccentric to a nearly dangerous level. I would guess his I.Q. would be in excess of 160. He is possibly one of the most natural musicians I have ever met."
Jimmy’s drum tech is Jason Berry.
Jimmy has been chosen the second best drummer on Drum magazine’s 2008 list.
Jimmy has lived in many homes and at one time even lived in a laundry mat that he worked at.
Jimmy thought he was too good to be in Matt’s original Band "Successful Failure", not A7X.
Jimmy was kicked off of the basketball team at Huntington Beach High School.
Jimmy has known Johnny the longest because he was friends with Johnny’s' Older brother.
Jimmy stands at 6'2.5 and has blue eyes.
Despite Jimmy revealing his arachnophobia he allowed spiders to walk on his face for the "Afterlife" video. He said he did it for the fans.
Jimmy has stated that he owns 6 cars. Almost one for every day of the week.
Jimmy wrote the lyrics for Almost Easy, Afterlife and A Little Peice of Heaven. He also came up with the concept for Brompton Cocktail.
Jimmy brought the fly swatter he used in the Bat Country Video from home.
Rev's Poem "Grapes in the mouth" -- "All Excess" DVD
Oh s**t! What's in the bucket?
What's in the bucket but a bucket ofshit
but a bucket of grapes,
and the grapes in the mouth make you happy down south.
Make you getta big boner what ya gonna do.
"We love being on the road. I get really bored if I'm home for too long or in one spot for too long. Touring is more fun, but the act of creating music that people love is also very satisfying."
"The first couple of months when you release an album, the crowds don't know the songs quite as well, so the shows get better after a few months."
"I'm just proud and I'm touched when I see someone with a new Avenged Sevenfold tat. and now I always make sure I check them out if they're sportin'one. That's meaningful when you put someone else’s ink on your body."
"Like most bands we're a family, family before band. If we broke up tomorrow, we'd still be friends."
"I call it the double-ride thing just for the lack of a better definition because no one does it.
"It is very hard to keep yourself on the bells without being able to look. You can't look at the two places at the same time. My right hand naturally can find the ride on its own, so I have to look at the bell on the left, and you also have to bring it over to hit the snare, so it gets a bit hard and that's when you start looking like a ******** octopus weirdo, its awesome!"
"I love it, I live for it. I've never been able to stay in one place and I just like the Excitement of getting out there and playing live and the whole lifestyle that comes along with it. I like to party when the time to party is right, as we all do, I believe. Being in new countries every week is just awesome when you take in the foreign culture. When we go to other countries, we always make sure we have a couple days between shows and get to see the places we want to see. It's perfect-you're on vacation and your working, too. I'm obsessed with seeing as much of the world as possible."
"Over all Avenged Sevenfold the album is 10 times better than the others."
"Critical Acclaim is just in your face madness going, it all just sticks to that and doesn't transition to something that's completely left field."
"The biggest headlining show we ever done were at the Gibson Amphitheater in L.A. That was an overwhelming moment. Also, a great moment was the first time we went out on stage with Metallica. Oh and meeting a lot of my idols like Vinnie Paul. Those moments are always really rewarding."
"She was very influential in me being a musician in general. She took me into her percussion ensemble, which kind of ended up being a band and she taught me about music theory as well as drum theory. She's always pumped me up and nerver failed to point out to me that she thought I had a lot of potential as a drummer. I think a lot of drum instructors don't really influence you to try to write music, they mainly focus on drumming, you know? Referencing his instructor at L.A. Harbor College Jeannette Wrate.
"I started playing double bass in the 6th or 7th grade but no one ever taught me, so I didn't really figure out how to build up my endurance and stamina to just do straight sixteenth-notes as fast as you want until much later, until I was about 19 or so."
"I don't do well with technology." referencing when his i-pod broke loosing over 4500 rare and vintage songs.
"It was a bit of a letdown. It was just like drinking something that tasted kind of bad and didn't do a thing for you. In the long run, I would have just rather let the King cobra live, you know? Because he was a cool looking ********." referencing the drinking of the cobra blood."
"The Rev is very good at coming up with full songs. That guys a piece of work; he's badass and he's a great writer. He walked in with a "Little Piece of Heaven", and it was like an eight-minute movie in his head. And we were like ******** yeah dude!"-M.Shadows-
"I can write any style that I choose. I've always been heavily influenced by Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo, Mr. Bungle, and bands like that. With all the different parts and the cinematic feel." "No one could get anything done if they were completely out of control all of the time. Everyone likes to go out and have a few drinks with their best friends; I don't think anyone on the planet doesn't like to do that."
"I tore out of my mother's womb as a bloody, screaming mess causing her as much pain as possible. I'd say that was depraved."
"Everyone in this band has beaten Johnny up at some point."
"I beat myself off 17 times in one day. That's the worst beating I've ever handed out. I was so sore that it was hard to get that last load out."
"Your clothes you would think would always be clean when you live in a laundry mat, but no!! I lived in a laundry mat for 6 months and I only washed my clothes twice."
"The Revs a crazy b*****d and he's everyone’s best friend". -M. Shadows-
Jimmy’s favorite quote and best turn around in the shortest period of time as told to him by Matt Berry: "One day I am just gonna get off this bus and I'm gonna run in the woods and I am never gonna come back and when I come back I 'm gonna be the 9th master".
"Spiders and ******** s**t on my face. I'm not happy about it at all. There is nothing to be happy about spiders on my face. But it's gonna look cool."--Jimmy referencing the spiders crawling on his face in the "Afterlife" video--
"The Rev is one of the most talented guys I know and have ever met. No matter what band you talk about, the biggest most famous bands off all-time, he’s right up there as far as I’m concerned. He’s a brilliant writer, he’s got one of my favorite voices in the world, and I know this for a fact, he’s the best drummer in the world. I mean, put those things together and he’s a pretty unstoppable dude."-Brian Haner Jr./Synyster Gates-
For those of you who do not know, James Owen Sullivan(better know as Jimmy, or The Rev)
was the drummer for the Band Avenged Sevenfold.
We will miss him dearly, and he is forever in our hearts,
he was a best friend and a brother to all. We will never forget you♥
Date of Birth: February 10,1981
Died: December 28, 2009 at 1pm in Huntington Beach California[Age 28]
Years active 1999-2009
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