In questa pagina sono raccolti frasi e saluti in merito all’accaduto, da parte di amici e colleghi di Jimmy.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Jimmy was not only one of the world’s best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy’s family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time. Jimmy you are forever in our hearts. We love you.”

M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ.

“If there’s a kick drum in the sky, THE REV is there keepin’ metal alive, and I, oh I don’t have to cry..”
JT Woodruff (Hawthorne Heights)

“And he has left us. Yet in his absence, his presence is and shall be stronger than ever. For he is everywhere now, and he is inside of us; We, who witnessed the brilliance of his flame and were warmed by its heat; We, who heard the chimes of his churchbell laughter ring the plains of starry dawns; We, who stood in the pure rain of his divine and noble sprit are now its blessed, honored keepers. Within and through us he shall live on, and our lives shall ever be enriched by him in ways wondrous and untold. Fly high, dear friend.”
Robert Zuckerman

“Cried all night. I am heartbroken. Jimmy is gone and my world is a sadder place.”
Papa Gates

“I am heartbroken. My beautiful Jimmy is gone and the world is a sadder place. I feel like I lost a son.”
Papa Gates

“Woke up to the sad news. You will be missed Jimmy.”
Billy Martin

“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of our friend. I’m off twitter for the rest of the year. My prayers go out to Jimmy’s family tonight.”
Joel Madden

“Really sad news, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan has died. This is a tragic turn of events, he will be mourned by many. RIP Jimmy.”
Slash

“fuck i just heard…im at a loss. rest in peace rev, you will be missed.”
Frank Iero

“RIP Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.”
Glamour of the Kill

“I woke up this morning praying that I just had a bad dream! I lost a friend and most of all a brother. Jimmy you will be missed forever!”
Tal Cooperman

“Thank you for your condolences. And please accept mine in return. We have all suffered a great loss.”
Papa Gates

“I hope I am able to comfort them. But I am grateful for how much comfort they bring to me.”
Larry Jacobson (parlando dei ragazzi)

“Assolutamente scioccante… che triste perdita…The Rev ed io ci siamo scambiati molte email e messaggi nel corso degli anni. Mi ha sempre menzionato nelle interviste, citandomi come il suo preferito ispirandosi a me ed ero orgoglioso di ciò. Pensavo fosse un grande batterista e sono un fan degli Avenged Sevenfold ormai da anni. Che tragedia, il mio cuore e le mie preghiere vanno alla sua band ed alla sua famiglia.”
Mike Portnoy

“The storys we all told tonight wr priceless!! The man we knew as “the REV”lives 4 ever!! #therevlives4ever saddddest but best night ever!!”
Tal Cooperman

“It was a sad night, but i do believe jimmy was smiling down laughing with us all #therevlivesforever”
Joel Madden

“We have buried a great person today and beautiful Irish songs lifted him up! You are missed Jimmy #foreveryoungandfree #therevlives4ever”
Rachel Niven

“Spent the last two days celebrating the life of The Rev. RIP Jimmy. We will miss you.”
Billy Martin

“Today was hard. I am exhausted. my eyes are sore. I’m gonna have a nap. Saw the lads from MCR, ATREYU, GC earlier, everyone was hurting bad.”
Jamie Olivier (LostProphets)

“Seemed like there were about 600 people there today to say goodbye to Jimmy. He made all feel like they were a best friend. what a loss.”
Jamie Olivier (LostProphets)

“Funeral today. Beautiful service and EVERYONE had a story to tell”
Papa Gates

“Funeral today. Beautiful service. Family, friends and LOTS of stories. God I’m going to miss that boy”
Paga Gates

“Today our friend and brother Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was laid to rest. There will never be another one like you Jimmy. You are forever in our hearts and you have forever changed the world around you. We will miss you.
Rest in Paradise brother,”
Joel, Benj, Paul, Billy, and Deano.

“You will be missed… Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Born February 9, 1981. Died December 28, 2009. Rest In Peace.”
My Chemical Romance

“Spent the Evening with the A7X Family celebrating the REV. We miss you man. Very lucky to know you and to have all these stories&memorys.”
Benji Madden

“Paying respects to Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. We’re gonna miss you friend.”
James Hart

“woke up this morning thinking about “THE REV” and how much he is missed. Hangin with Shadows last night was good! RIP brother..”

Tal Cooperman

“To all of us who loved Jimmy, the only thing relevant about December 28 is that is the night we lost, too soon, a son, brother, friend and one of the most talented artists in the world. Every day, his parents and sisters, and his brothers in Avenged Sevenfold smile at the many memories they have of Jimmy and his fans around the world revel in the musical legacy he left them.”>
Larry Jacobson

“We went to Marina High, they went to Huntington, but we knew each other well growing up,” Watson said. “They’re awesome guys. In fact, my best friend growing up was Jimmy Sullivan. I think about him all the time. Just recently, we got together with the Sullivan family and some of the guys from Avenged for a memorial.”
Jared (Dirty Heads)

Non so come cominciare o capire da dove iniziare.
Prima voglio ringraziare tutti i fans per il loro supporto durante la venuta a mancare di Jimmy.
E’ stato confortante vedere i suoi fans, i nostri fans e tutti quelli che in generale han dato il loro supporto.
Jimmy era il mio migliore amico, come lo era di molte altre persone inclusi i membri degli avenged sevenfold.
Era senza dubbio la più grande persona che ho mai conosciuto.
Gli ho ripetuto che l’ho amato ogni singolo giorno. Lui chiedeva il tuo amore e non era mai stato intimorito nel ricambiartelo.
Ho camminato fianco a fianco con Jimmy, ogni giorno, in tutti gli ultimi 18 anni della mia vita. Non ho ricordi prima di Jimmy, e sarà dannatamente difficile andare avanti senza averlo qui. Ancora non sembra reale.
Lui era il mio migliore amico, il co autore di canzoni, compagno di band, confidente e cosa più importante, era mio fratello.
La cosa pazza di Jimmy era che ogni giorno c’era qualcosa di pazzo.
Ci siamo raccontati le nostre storie preferite su Jimmy nelle ultime due settimane e nessuno si è mai ripetuto.
Questo ragazzo era magico. L’arte che scrosciava fuori dalla sua anima era talmente speciale che il mondo non l’aveva mai vista prima.
Che tu avessi passato un giorno con Jimmy, o 18 anni, è impossibile da spiegare, quindi neanche ci provo.
Lui ha ispirato le persone in tanti modi. Non era solo un batterista, a lui onestamente non fregava cosi tanto del lato tecnico della batteria, perchè lui può suonare tutto quello che vuole. Lui era tutto concentrato a creare canzoni bellissime, originali e fortunatamente toccando le persone con la sua arte e la sua mente. Ci ha sempre detto per anni, anche ai suoi genitori, che sapeva due cose della vita.
Lui voleva essere una rockstar , e che non voleva superare i trent’anni. Aveva ragione su entrambe le cose, ma io so che Jimmy, se avesse saputo quanto dolore questo avrebbe causato per le persone che lasciava, avrebbe fatto qualunque cosa perchè fosse riuscito a rimanere un po’ di più. Jimmy ha dato molto e alla fine e questo era il suo momento di andare. Tutte le mie ragioni per volerlo ancora qui sono egoiste e so che lui è in un posto migliore di questo, quindi in un certo senso sono felice che il mio migliore amico sia adesso in pace.
E’ stato il primo ad andare dall’altra parte e non posso che aspettare di ritrovarlo ancora. Ho molto da dire ma non trovo le parole e aspetterò quindi il momento che mi permetterà di trovare il modo migliore di esprimermi. Per il resto di noi, è diventato chiaro quello che abbiamo bisogno di fare. Avevamo appena finito di scrivere il disco con Jimmy. Non posso promettere cosa riserverà il futuro perchè al momento è troppo doloroso pensarci, ma sappiamo che abbiamo bisogno di registrare e far uscire questo disco in onore di Jimmy e per Jimmy.
Lui mi chiamava ogni sera per parlare delle canzoni e dirmi “questa roba cambierà il mondo!”. Sono d’accordo con lui, sfortunatamente non sapevo che sarebbe stato per queste circostanze. Per favore siate pazienti con noi, non possiamo immaginare quanto sia difficile andare avanti, sappiamo soltanto che dobbiamo fare per la sua eredità. Dopodichè, chissà?
Ma so che Jimmy ci aiuterà a prendere la decisione quando sarà il momento di farlo.
Ti voglio bene Jimmy e mi sento l’uomo più fortunato del mondo ad averti conosciuto e ad aver passato 18 anni della mia vita con te. Riposa in pace amico mio.
Matt.

As I’m sure you have all heard by now, Jimmy Sullivan passed away on Dec. 28th.

I first met him when he was 14. He came to my house and played the drums exactly the way he played up ‘til now – with flawless technique and reckless abandon. He was, and remains, the most talented musician I have ever met. An artist almost beyond comprehension. He was an unbelievable writer, pianist, and singer that could have made a name for himself doing just those things. But he didn’t. He simply chose to be one of the best drummers on the planet.

Perhaps more importantly, he was a free-spirit who saw the world differently than you and me. His world was measured in quality of relationships, music and art. I knew him well and never heard him speak about politics once. I cherish our long talks about music and life. He remains the only person I have ever known, who truly didn’t care what people thought of him. He said exactly what was on his mind with no thought of editing. Not in a bad or hostile way, but almost like a child. A rare quality, indeed.

But as is always the case with a person of such pure spirit, he was simply too beautiful and fragile to walk this earth for long. God touched him with the gift of art, but not the gift of resilience to handle a harsh and cruel world.

I would love to share the many memories I have of him from the time he was a boy up until now, but I simply can’t bring myself to. Not yet, anyway. Perhaps when the crying is done.

We were all touched by him in many different ways and we will all share in his loss. And though there will forever be a hole in my heart in that place Jimmy occupied, I feel blessed just to have known him.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his “brothers” in the band.
Papa Gates

Its almost been 2 weeks since we hit this storm of sadness! for the loss of one of my brothers for one of my dearest friends that walked this planet!. the last 2 weeks have been so hard and filled with sadness. We have all been threw a lot in our lives Im sure of that, Ive been threw hell and back in my life, losing Jimmy made me sad and hate everything around me for a bit!. until I remembered that the man you all knew as “THE REV” was the most amazing human being that this world has ever laid their eyes on. the amount of love this KID had to give out was endless. I have had the pleasure of having him in my life for all these years and I only wish there was another 20 years for more memories.. Jimmy had so many best friends I cant even begin to tell you, the best part of all of that is that its very true, he was everyones best friend he really wanted to show his love and make sure you knew he loved you. I remember about 4 years ago Jimmy flew back to Los Angeles for my birthday and we went to this show in LA called “METAL SKOOL” now called “steel panther” witch is an 80’s cover band, and I didn’t think he was gonna come BUT he did and that night I remember it was right around the time when “BAT COUNTRY” was smashing the charts and AVENGED SEVENFOLD was pretty much telling the world that METAL ISNT DEAD and they are the new kings in town. BUT that night I remember “Phil Anselmo singer of PANTERA” was there and for those of you who know about AVENGED SEVENFOLD you know they all love PANTERA and most of all The REV loves them as well, well “METAL SKOOL” is famous for calling famous bands out when they go see them! and that night Jimmy was like “there is NO way in hell Im going on stage tonight Tal! I just wanna hang with you and have a good time on your birthday” haahahahah Well they called him out and then they called Phil out as well and Jimmy was like the only way I will go on there is if we play “WALK” and surely they played that song, and I remember going on stage with Jimmy and him looking at me and screaming to me “THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE”. I have been thinking about that night over and over and oveeeeer again in my head! there has been hundreds thousands of nights with Jimmy and I, so many story’s classics that I cant even begin to tell you guys! I have been spending time with all the guys and they are all so strong we have all been telling each other story’s about THE REV and how he touched all of our hearts, We will never EVER have another Jimmy Sullivan he was to good. It was an Honer to have known you my friend you are forever my brother and I will never forget the good times you gave me “Pictures and Memories”….
“DEAR GOD THE ONLY THING I ASK OF YOU IS TO HOLD HIM WHEN WERE NOT AROUND AND WERE MUCH TO FAR AWAY!!!!!!”

REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER..

Tal Cooperman

“Jimmy aveva uno stile innovativo. Era in grado di fondere rock e metal con il meglio di loro. Era molto creativo, non solo come batterista, ma come cantautore. E aveva un cuore caldo, non ha mai voluto far sentire qualcuno escluso o una seconda scelta. Era un batterista speciale e una persona speciale. Anche la sua breve vita si è conclusa bruscamente, ha vissuto una vita che si può solo sognare. Non potrò mai dimenticarlo.”
James Hart

Lo scorso giugno, prendendosi un po’ di tempo durante le registrazioni del loro terzo album, Matt e i suoi compagni Padge, Jay e Moose, noleggiando una macchina si sono diretti ad Huntington Beach per visitare i loro amici A7X. Dal momento che le due band avevano condiviso le tappe in tutta l’America del Taste of Chaos 2008, eran diventati grandi amici e i Bullet erano impazienti di fare due parole con i loro amici dopo un sacco di tempo chiusi in studio. Fu proprio allora che trovarono i Sevenfold di buon umore, mentre lavoravano anch’essi al loro prossimo cd. Vedendo i suoi amici transatlantici Jimmy si gettò sul quartetto imitando qualche mossa di wrestling per scaraventarli in terra, in un momento di primordiale eccitazione, cercando di morderli. Come dice Matt con un sorriso affettuoso, Jimmy era fuori di testa. Sette mesi più tardi, nel gennaio di quest’anno, Matt si è ritrovato di nuovo ad HB ma in circostanze nettamente diverse. Era il giorno del funerale di Jimmy Sullivan, e Matt se ne stava nella cucina di M Shadows. I due, circondati da omaggi floreali per il loro amico, ascoltavano il demo di una nuova canzone degli A7X, una bella ballata al pianoforte scritta e cantata da Jimmy. E in quel momento, il mondo della musica e tutti i successi delle rispettive band, tutti i dischi d’oro, tutti gli show sold-out, tutte le recensioni, non avevano nessuna importanza per i due amici. “Una cosa come la morte di Rev, ha messo in prospettiva quello che è davvero importante” dice Matt. “Penso di esser cresciuto molto negli ultimi anni, Voglio dire, apprezzo e sono grato per la mia vita; ho una ragazza che mi adora, una bella casa, un gruppo fantastico di amici, non voglio questo per niente, era così prima che la band che avevo fottesse tutto. Io adoravo stare a casa, ero in debito con i miei genitori, non avevo niente. Ma so che ci sono priorità più grandi di me.”

Matt Tuck

“(Quando gli Avenged Sevenfold si sono formati) erano l’unica cosa che aveva Jimmy, così ha cercato di diventare un buon batterista. Ha giocato in modo che la sua vita dipendesse da questo, perchè davvero lo ha fatto. Ogni volta che vedeva persone del passato, come i Bleeding Through o gli Eighteen Visions, la sua faccia si illuminava e ti faceva sentire ancora una parte importante della sua vita, anche se nel frattempo lui era andato a fare le cose più grandi della sua carriera. Lui aveva davvero un grande cuore ed è sempre stato gentile ed accogliente con tutti.”
Brendan Schieppeti

“La sua musica è stata una sfida e pericolosa, ma Rev è sempre stato solo un ragazzo con i piedi per terra, molto umile, senza ego. Lui mi ha sempre trattato con il rispetto massimo e ho sempre goduto della sua presenza. E’ stato un grande.”
Vinnie Paul

“I am proud to live out the rest of my life knowing that Jim was my friend”
In memoriam, I am going dark for the next 6 months, no art, no appearances, no shows, and no hostings. Thank you to all friends and family for all of your support, patience and understanding. Please respect his family’s privacy during this hard time. I assure you his legacy will remain intact.
Cam

“This isn’t something I have had to deal with a lot in my life, so I really don’t know what to write,” begins Benji. “Right now, it doesn’t really feel real. [After Jimmy’s service], we went to Shadows house and had a few drinks, telling our best Jimmy stories and we laughed until we cried. The Rev has more stories about him than any other person I know. Stories we couldn’t tell in a church, stories that sound like exaggerations but they aren’t. The Rev is rock ‘n’ roll through and through. One of the greats. One of those souls that comes along so rarely and just touches every single person around him. To know Jimmy is to love Jimmy. If you happen to have spent an evening out with The Rev on tour somewhere or at some get together or function, well, you were best friends for life after that. And Jimmy didn’t forget it. It’s not an act. I must have heard 50 people call Jimmy their best friend [during the service]. And they meant it. Loveable is a great word to describe Jimmy. Endearing. Kind hearted. Carefree. A fucking legend!

“I’m just talking about the kid who, as Shadows recalled, took communion in a ‘Slayer Fucking Slayer’ T-shirt when he was 12, dancing up the church aisle the whole way, making all the kids laugh. I’m talking about the guy that who stood up to his all time musical hero, for talking disrespectfully to his best friend’s girl. He doesn’t judge people. Rev didn’t have a bad bone in his body. That quality… It is impossible to describe, he was just born with it. That’s just The Rev.

“I took you for granted, Rev,” he continues. “I took for granted being able to hang with you at the family get-togethers and holidays over the years. I took for granted watching you play drums. I took for granted our conversations. And fuck man, watching you play drums! You want to love music? Watch The Rev play drums. Listen to him play on a demo. Listen to him play on a record.

“Good Charlotte and A7X are more than just bands,” says Benji. “We are family. We celebrate each other’s lives together, holidays, weddings, kids being born. Successes and failures. Jimmy is at the heart and soul of all of it. He has taught me more then anyone I ever met in any church. And now you get to live forever, Jimmy. You are one of the greats.

“See you on the other side Rev,” he concludes. “We love you forever.”

Benji Madden

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