Template:Infobox musical artist The Rev (born James Owen Sullivan on February 10, 1981) in Huntington Beach, California) ,short for The Reverend Tholomew Plague, is the drummer and backing vocalist of the American Heavy Metal band Avenged Sevenfold. He is also a vocalist and played the piano in the Metal side-project Pinkly Smooth, his name in that band was first Rat Head.


Jimmy attended a Catholic school with M. Shadows (Matthew Charlie Sanders), and was expelled in the 3rd grade. James was also expelled from Huntington Beach High School, and was then expelled from the reform school resulting in his dropping out. His first record was released with the band Suburban Legends at the age of 18.

He was also formerly the drummer for third-wave ska band Suburban Legends, and vocalist for Avenged Sevenfold side project Pinkly Smooth. The Rev took part in the band Ballistico as their guitarist and vocalist. On the Avenged Sevenfold DVD, All Excess, while discussing how each member got their stage names, it was stated that Sullivan attained his name via a shortened version of The Reverend Tholomew Plague. The decision was seemingly random, as there were no specific reasons stated as to the inspiration for the name. He had a tendency to wear eccentric outfits such as outrageously colored kimonos or bath robes, baggy shorts, and fluorescent socks. In the DVD, he was said to terrorize people on his campus while wearing the eccentric outfits , and rode around in a golf cart.[1]

Jimmy has been to jail several times in his life, mainly for fighting, which he claims to have given up forever now. When he was 15 years old, he and a friend were caught stealing from an electronics store and then fled from the cops, they were both caught and were charged with armed robbery but plea bargained, he does not recommend fighting, stealing or fleeing from cops.

Jimmy is engaged to Leana Silver, and has her name tattooed on his ring finger, rather than wearing an engagement ring.

One of his favorite tattoos is the word 'FICTION' down his sternum.

Some of his favorite bands are Rancid, The Transplants, and Slayer.. Sullivan cites his influences as being Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Dave Lombardo and Paul Bostaph of Slayer, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Steely Dan, and Terry Bozzio.

Jimmy uses and is sponsored by DW Drums, although he appears in advertisements for DW's budget company, PDP, his old tour set was a PDP. He is also sponsored by Sabian cymbals, Pro-Mark sticks and Evans drum heads.[2]

Recognized for vocals and piano in side project Pinkly Smooth, Sullivan is utilized as a back-up vocalist in Avenged Sevenfold. Besides screaming with M. Shadows in songs Chapter Four and Eternal Rest, the single from the band's eponymous album, Critical Acclaim features Sullivan at lead vocals during the chorus of the song, both singing and screaming. His vocals are also featured in other songs from the Avenged Sevenfold eponymous album.

The Rev is featured singing in the songs he wrote, "A Little Piece of Heaven", "Brompton Cocktail", "Afterlife", "Almost Easy". He also sang in songs he co-wrote such as, "Critical Acclaim", "Scream" and "Lost". All of which are from the eponymous album.

The Rev died at age 28 from natural causes on December 28, 2009.


Avenged Sevenfold [2007]Edit


  • Evans EQ4 Batter Clear
  • Evans EQ3 Resonant Black
  • Evans Genera G2 Clear
  • Evans Genera G1 Clear
  • Evans Power Center Reverse Dot
  • Evans Hazy 300 Snare Side


City of Evil [2005]Edit

DW DrumsEdit

2003 to 2005

  • 22x18 bass drum (DW 9000 double pedal)
  • 10x8 tom tom
  • 12x9 tom tom
  • 14x12 mounted floor tom
  • 16x14 mounted floor tom
  • 14x5 brass snare

2005 to 2007

  • 22x18 x2 bass drum (in 2007 he switched to a triple bass drum set-up)
  • 8x7 tom tom
  • 10x8 tom tom
  • 12x9 tom tom
  • 14x12 mounted floor tom
  • 16x14 mounted floor tom
  • 6.5x14" Bronze snare

Sabian CymbalsEdit

  • 14" Sabian AAX-XCelerator Hi-Hats
  • 18" Sabian AA Metal-X Crash
  • 19" Sabian AA Metal-X Crash
  • 22" Sabian AA Metal-X Ride
  • 18" Sabian AA Metal-X China
  • 9" Sabian Max Splash
  • 11" Sabian Max Splash

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DW HardwareEdit

2006 to 2008 (DW 9000)

Pro-Mark SticksEdit

Pro-Mark Natural 5B Wood Tip


  1. All Excess, Avenged Sevenfold DVD (2007)
  2. Drum! Magazine November 2007 issue

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