The Rev (born James Owen Sullivan February 10, 1981, short for The Reverend Tholomew Plague) is the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold. The Rev attended a Catholic school with A7X lead singer M. Shadows, but was kicked out in 2nd grade.
His first record was released when he was at the age of 18. He also has a side project with A7X guitarist Synyster Gates, as well as members from surf-punk band Ballistico, called Pinkly Smooth, in which he sings lead, instead of drumming. His stage name in this band is Rat Head. He was formerly the drummer for third-wave ska band Suburban Legends. Two of his favorite bands are Rancid and Transplants.
As for drumming, he’s sponsored by DW, Evans, Promark and Sabian.
The Rev’s influences are Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Paul Bostaph (Slayer).
He has said that he has 6 different cars, one for all but one day of the week. Ironically, he used to live in a car, and at another time lived in a Laundromat, where he worked during the day, and slept at night.
He is engaged to a girl named Leana. He has been arrested 7 times, although only for incidences such as bar fights.