Avenged Sevenfold have lined up former Confide drummer Arin Ilejay to handle the drums for them for the foreseeable future. Ilejay takes over the spot from Mike Portnoy, who recently vacated the position.
The group offered the following statement on the matter:
“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. Our long time 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.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas“