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A7X Part Ways With Drummer Arin Ilejay

Surprising news out of the Avenged Sevenfold camp today as the band announced drummer Arin Ilejay is no longer with the band.

The following statement was published to A7X’s official website:

“We are writing this to inform you all that we will be moving forward without Arin IIejay as our drummer. Arin has been nothing but a positive energy and monster drummer for us over the past 4 years. We love the guy and always will. We are and will always be grateful to him for helping us to move forward through some very dark times. Creatively though, we felt we needed to move in a different direction. While we can’t say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon with the greatest fans in the world. As always we appreciate your understanding and unwavering support.

With Love –
Matt, Zack, Brian, Johnny”

Ilejay joined the band in 2011 after the passing of James “The Rev” Sullivan in December 2009.

A7X recently wrapped on a series of summer tour dates.  So far, there are no other shows scheduled for the near future.



Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.