AVENGED SEVENFOLD Honors Late Drummer In New Video

According to The Pulse Of Radio, AVENGED SEVENFOLD will premiere the music video for its latest single, "So Far Away", on Tuesday (May 10) via MTV, MTV2 and MTV.com. The clip is described as a "raw and emotional" tribute to late AVENGED drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December 2009 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The track itself, which appears on the band's current "Nightmare" album, is said in a press statement to be a "very personal goodbye" to Sullivan.

The "So Far Away" video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has previously helmed videos for such established artists as METALLICA, MTLEY CRE, SIMPLE PLAN, PANTERA, 'N SYNC, SHANIA TWAIN, GODSMACK, BRITNEY SPEARS, LEONA LEWIS, PINK FLOYD, SHERYL CROW, JOSS STONE, MADONNA, AVRIL LAVIGNE, DEF LEPPARD and BON JOVI.

Following Sullivan's death, the band recruited his favorite drummer, ex-DREAM THEATER member Mike Portnoy, to record the drum tracks for "Nightmare" and tour with the band through 2010. The group then found a new touring drummer in 2011 named Arin Ilejay. Guitarist Synyster Gates talked about the newest member of AVENGED. "We always kind of thought it would be cool, you know, with Jimmy's death if it could breathe new life and a new career for somebody young, which is the case," he told The Pulse Of Radio. "We have a new drummer, his name's Arin Ilejay, and he's unbelievable. He's 22 years old, and he's just a sweet, young, awesome kid. He shreds, he's amazing, and it's really made us feel certainly very excited to give him this opportunity."

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's fifth album, "Nightmare", has been certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies.

The band is currently on its "Welcome To The Family" headlining U.S. tour, which brings it to Orlando, Florida on Monday night (May 9) and will wrap up on May 21 at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has also contributed a brand new track called "Not Ready To Die" to the newest content pack for Call Of Duty: Black Ops, the wildly successful seventh installment in the Call Of Duty video game series. The pack, called Black Ops Escalation, is ready for download worldwide through the Xbox Live network and features four new multiplayer maps.

"Not Ready To Die" is the first AVENGED studio track to feature Ilejay on drums.


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