“We knew the music was incredible and we were just really excited… maybe too excited,” Vengeance says, adding that the band was having an incredible year before Sullivan’s death. “Talking about the future and everything and how this album was just going to take over — we learned a lesson real quick that everything can change in a second. The world has a funny way of working.”
The band struggled with intense emotions after the Rev died, but Vengeance says he doesn’t think there’s anything any of the bandmates could have done to prevent Sullivan’s sudden passing. “Jimmy was just a magical person,” says Vengeance. “He was always the most eccentric, most exciting friend that we ever had. He was the kid in high school that all the other kids dressed up as for Halloween. He really only truly lived for his friends, his family, and all of our fans. As far as warning signs or anything like that, you can never see something like that coming. That guy wasn’t meant to grow old. He didn’t want responsibility. I don’t think it could have been any other way, to be honest.”
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