At the the end of this weeks “In The Pipeline” Chris Epting sends out a special message to all Avenged Sevenfold fans:
Finally, a comment about the overwhelming amount of mail I received last week and continue to receive in regards to my piece on Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. I’ve never experienced anything like this as a column writer. The majority of the messages were from young fans over the world. Collectively, they mourn, but individually, they expressed in vivid, heart-wrenching language the pain they feel from Sullivan’s death. Their notes became like so much poetry; intense love letters and introspective reflections about a drummer, and a band that is an integral part of their existence. This loss is a huge moment in their young lives, and judging from the writing I saw, this loss ties them all even closer together as a community.
I wish all of you A7X fans, if you’re reading this, peace and healing. And may the power of the music push you to do great things. Lastly, I’m in the process of answering each note received, and though it may take a while, I promise to do it.
Chris, your words were not only beautiful but brought closure to some fans as we felt like we got to take part in laying Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan to rest and share our stories of meeting the legend while talking about the impact he had on our lives, along with everyone else. Thank you.