Chad Grey says that there’s “discuss” about HELLYEAH writing and recording new music.
HELLYEAH has been inactive since early 2020 when its U.S. tour was canceled within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the meantime, Grey has reunited together with his earlier band MUDVAYNE, which lately performed its first two exhibits in 12 years, with plans to proceed touring in 2022.
A number of months earlier than the pandemic hit, HELLYEAH had accomplished a few U.S. excursions in honor of its drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott, who handed away in June 2018 on the age of 54 in his sleep at his dwelling in Las Vegas. The official reason behind loss of life was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged coronary heart, in addition to extreme coronary artery illness.
The previous PANTERA drummer recorded a complete of six albums with HELLYEAH over a decade, together with its newest, “Welcome House”, for which he laid down his drum tracks earlier than his passing.
Throughout an look on “Drinks With Johnny”, the Web TV present hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ, Chad stated that no long-term plans for HELLYEAH have but been made because the band continues to be in a holding sample.
“After we misplaced Vinnie, I used to be simply fascinated about, ‘We’ve to do the identical factor that we did for Dime for Vinnie now,” he stated (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET),referencing Vinnie‘s brother, late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed onstage in December 2004 whereas performing with DAMAGEPLAN on the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. “We’ve to maintain going to maintain carrying the flag for Vince.’ It has been powerful. And I’ve talked to Tom [Maxwell, HELLYEAH guitarist] just a little bit, I’ve talked to members and shit like that, and we have talked about to maintain writing some music. We do not know what the touring plans could be ever — perhaps ever once more — however we may nonetheless launch music. And there is really — I feel there are, like, two or three songs that Vinnie really tracked drums to that we did not find yourself [finishing] for no matter purpose. So there is a possible for us to jot down perhaps a few extra songs with Vinnie‘s drums added on.”
STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga stepped in as Vinnie Paul‘s alternative for the touring exercise in assist of “Welcome House”, which got here out in September 2019.
“HELLYEAH was clearly an emotional scenario, though I do not assume we may have gotten a greater drummer to fill in than Roy Mayorga,” Chad instructed “Drinks With Johnny”. “He is fucking phenomenal and he is simply such a genuinely sort and candy individual. And anyone who knew Vinnie, he was very heat, very giving, very loving, very simply fucking cool and enjoyable. And that was what Roy was. So Roy, for us, was a spherical peg, spherical gap. Nevertheless it was nonetheless emotional… However you are feeling such as you’ve gotta embrace your brothers and proceed on for yourselves and on your followers. That is what I felt like we needed to do, as a result of Vinnie was a lot of a supporter or music — all ranges of music.”
Grey went on to say that he thinks about Vinnie Paul each day. “I take into consideration him and Dime,” he stated. “And it is type of what sucked about simply all the things being pulled again with HELLYEAH. And that is type of the place the MUDVAYNE [reunion] got here from too — we simply type of felt like everyone was emotionally exhausted from going out and making an attempt to hold the flag for Vin and doing the ‘Celebration Of Life’ excursions. We did two legs of that. Nevertheless it was extremely fucking emotional, man.”
In September 2020, Maxwell instructed “The Ex-Man” podcast that he wasn’t certain there could be a follow-up album to “Welcome House”.
“When [Vinnie Paul] died — I am not gonna lie — my ardour, my love affair died as nicely with him,” Tom stated. “I do not even know if I wanna make one other HELLYEAH report with out him.
Mayorga‘s addition to HELLYEAH was made official in Might 2019. On the time, the band stated Roy was the proper man to take Vinnie Paul‘s place. “These males had a lot love and mutual respect for one another, this makes our transition a lot simpler,” HELLYEAH stated in a press release.
Mayorga beforehand performed with HELLYEAH bassist Kyle Sanders in MEDICATION, the early 2000s outfit which additionally featured guitarist Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD) and singer Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE).