Johnny Christ Talks Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan & The Future Before Metaltown Show. - Avenged Sevenfold

Johnny Christ Talks Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan & The Future Before Metaltown Show.

Aftonbladet sat down with Johnny Christ before Avenged Sevenfold’s show at Metaltown to speak a little about Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and the bands future.

The platinum selling band makes a flash appearance on Metaltown: lands, plays, and flies away again. ‘Nöjesbladet’ are the only magazine allowed to talk to bassist Johnny Christ for half an hour before he goes on stage in front of 25,000 fans.

Last month saw the release of the Avenged Sevenfold song “Not ready to die.” It is the first music the group recorded since their drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead by an overdose in December 2009.

“Dude, I think of him every day,” says Johnny Christ, “Happy thoughts, sad thoughts – he is always there. Everyone talks about him at least once per day and we laugh together at the memories. The grief will never disappear.”

The pale, slight 26-year-old talks openly about how difficult it was to write “Not ready to die,” a song that he says would not fit on any Avenged Sevenfold album.

“Do we feel pressure before the next album? Absolutely. I THINK it will happen. It is a very tough and unusual process, and yet another reminder of our deceased friend. We are missing a crucial piece of the puzzle and I cannot say at all what the next record will sound like, if it is even recorded.”

BE: Are you mad at him because he died as he died?

“The only anger I feel is that his death is irreversible. The Rev was a brilliant man who chose his life path. The guy was clairvoyant regarding his end. “Fiction,” which he wrote and sang a few days before he died, had not been here otherwise. It was his goodbye.”

Christ says that the deceased drummer for a long time, even before the band broke through, said he would be a star and die before he celebrated his 30th birthday.

“He lived life to the max and we cannot be angry or upset at him for it. In his 28 years he lived more than 90 percent of the world’s population makes in a lifetime, I can guarantee that.”

Thanks Mattias for sending this in and Lina for the translation.