Avenged Sevenfold have announced that former Confide drummer, Arin Ilejay, will be joining the band for their Nightmare After Christmas tour.
The California metallers stated:
“We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy [Sullivan] and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano 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.”
Following the untimely death of drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan in December 2009, the band recruited former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. But, in December 2010, Portnoy and Avenged Sevenfold parted ways.
Avenged Sevenfold kicked off their Nightmare After Christmas tour tonight (January 20) in Reading, PA.