Avenged Sevenfold name new drummer

Band name Mike Portnoy's replacement on the eve of US tour

Avenged Sevenfold have named former Confide drummer Arin Ilejay as their new sticksman.

The Californian metallers said that the drummer was recommend to them by their longtime drum tech Mike Fasano.

Ilejay replaces former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the band’s set-up in December. Portnoy had been filling in after the death of the band’s founding drummer, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, in December 2009.

“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,” the band said. “Our longtime studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay.”

The band begin their US tour tonight in Reading, Pennsylvania.