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HellYeah

Formed: 2006
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete HellYeah news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Hellyeah To Release New Album In 2010

Hellyeah, the southern tinged metal "supergroup" founded by members of Nothingface, Mudvayne and Vinnie Paul of Pantera/Damageplan fame, has announced that they will be releasing their second studio album around the April/May mark of next year with plenty of touring to follow. Drummer Vinnie Paul has also stated the album is half-done at this point in time. No-one is sure whether the band will release the new album through Epic Records again or through Paul's own label, Big Vin Records. The debut sold around 500,000 copies.

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Nothingface Disbands Once Again

Last week, on Thursday and Friday, August 13-14, a series of posts were made by Nothingface members on their MySpace blog before being removed. Tom Maxwell apparently fired the first shot (thanks Blabbermouth for Tom's message, as it was nowhere to be found anymore):

"In the past couple weeks, I've decided that I cannot move forward or continue to work with NOTHINGFACE anymore. This has nothing to do with my NF bandmates Bill Gaal or Chris Houck, but directly with band vocalist Matt Holt. It's in my belief/opinion that Matt no longer has the passion, drive or artistic capabilities to continue in a musical direction. His lack of work ethic and desire to be part of the writing process or to track vocals for the music that has been written has pushed me to make the decision to not be part of NF any longer. It's a shame and I sincerely apologize to all the fans that have stood by us waiting for new music from the original lineup. I don't want to point fingers or lay blame but in fairness to myself, Bill and Chris we tried very hard with the best intentions to bring you all killer new music. Unfortunately, and with regret, I do not think that it's going to happen.

"I just want to say thank you and express my gratitude to all the NOTHINGFACE fans that have supported us over the years. Hailz to you all!!!!"

Bill Gaal responded with this:

"Well, we gave it our best shot, but Nothingface is done. I think Tom said it all in his posting, so there's not much more I'm going to say right now. We're all at different points in our lives, and have all approached music with different levels of ambition and desire over the years. Sometimes those desires match up, but and at this point it just isn't working. This has always been a band with very strong personalities, and we've been able to work through our differences in the past, but those days are over.

"I came back into this band last year with the intention of writing a great record with the original lineup, and I'm sorry that it will not be happening. I apologize to all of the fans out there who stuck by us through this process and who were excited to hear a new record. I was excited to!

"Although I do not think there will ever be a reunion between the 4 of us ever again, there may be projects that some of us collaborate on in the future.

"Thanks again to all of the Nothingface fans all around the world, your support has been unwavering over the years and I've always appreciated that."

Chris Houck made a forum post on Friday in response to the discussions sparked by those short-lived MySpace blogs, which seems to reinforce that the band is done. More...

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Big Vin Records Signs Chinaman

Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records has announced the signing of comedian Chinaman, well known for his impressions of rockers among other things. You can watch a few video clips below. More...

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Hellyeah To Enter The Studio Next Month

Hellyeah, the Southern flavoured supergroup featuring former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul as well as members of Mudvayne and Nothingface, has announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record their second album. The band will be hitting the studio on May 15th.

Speaking on label situations, Vinnie Paul states; "We don't know. We're free agents right now. We had a one-disc deal with Epic, and they're practically begging us to come back. We sold nearly 500,000 records for them, which is practically unheard of these days. That's like going platinum 10 years ago."

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Affliction Coverage Of Golden Gods Posted Online

Affliction Clothing's web channel Affliction Vision streamed live video from the black carpet at the first annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on April 7th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. It was hosted by Ozzy Osbourne/ex-Rob Zombie bassist Rob 'Blasko' Nicholson and included brief interviews with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and members of Slayer, Testament, Hatebreed and more. Watch video highlights below. More...

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Phil Anselmo Denies Drug Rumours, Talks Pantera

Phil Anselmo, former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual and current vocalist of Down and guitarist for Arson Anthem recently did an in depth interview with AntiQuiet, during which he spoke about his days in Pantera, feud with the Abbott brothers and the rumours that he is back on drugs. Some excerpts are as follows:

Antiquiet: I don’t mean to dredge up old bullshit, but I want to talk about something you’ve encountered firsthand. When you had that beef with Dime and Vin, us fans got the word through fuckin’ Metal Hammer and the music journalists, who of course tend to… you know, pull the juicy quotes out, to keep the circus going, to get attention, to sell magazines.

So let’s say things were different and the journalists minded other business, and you guys had space to work it out on your own. Do you think things might have turned out differently?

Phil Anselmo: Well… it’s kind of a moot point here. But if you’re talking in… imaginary terms, if you’re talking what ifs, theoretically, yeah. Rex and I actually talk about it a lot and we know… Pantera could have kept going.

The interview that sparked off everybody’s imagination… Little to everyone’s knowledge, the guy who asked me that- it was supposed to be off the record- he asked me straight out what would happen if [we] got into a fight- a physical thing. First of all, that never would have happened. Second of all, theoretically, once again- obviously, I would have the advantage over them. So I put it in a [certain] way, like a million motherfuckers do every day- boxers, et cetera- you know, they say they’re going to do terrible, horrible things to each other, and then after everything clears, they shake hands and hug each other and it’s done.

But if things are put as an absolute, and it’s just black and white, it’s just read and it’s taken that way, and it’s very unfortunate that it was. Because, as I’ve said before, Pantera was a mighty force man. More...

Read the full article at AntiQuiet.

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Nothingface Posts Short Message of Reassurance

Since announcing plans to reunite earlier this year and reportedly working on new material, Nothingface has been fairly quiet in the news. With all of the members' side projects including Hellyeah, Noise Within, and Knives Out!, one might wonder if Nothingface is still on track with their reunion.

Now, the band has issued a short message of reassurance:

"To the fans... Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for all the support over the years!

"Nothingface is very much ALIVE and WELL...

"The Violence Returns in 2009"

Nothingface reunited earlier this year and started writing and recording music for a new album, marking the first time the band's original members have worked together as a unit since their "Violence" record in 2000.

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Ex-Hellyeah Bassist Suing Country Singer

Jerry Montano, the former bassist of Nothingface, Hellyeah, and Danzig is to sue country singer John Rich after the two had an altercation at a hotel recently. Montano claims that Rich became violent and belligerent over a girl, which led to the incident between the two. Montano claims he is suing for an undisclosed amount relating to cuts, permanent scarring, scrapes, swelling and bruising to his lips, jaw, face, teeth and nose. The bassist had apparently previously been warned of Rich's behaviour when drunk.

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Hellyeah, Nothingface Members Form Knives Out!

Formed in 2008 in their hometown of Baltimore, MD, five friends - members of HellYeah, Nothingface, Dog Fashion Disco and PolkaDot Cadaver - have come together to form a new band, KNIVES OUT! The band consists of:

Todd Smith (Dog Fashion Disco) - vocals
Jasan Stepp (Dog Fashion Disco) - guitar
Tommy Sickles (ex-Nothingface) - drums
Dave Cullen (PolkaDot Cadaver) - bass
Tom Maxwell (Hellyeah) - guitar

You can check out a few songs from the currently unsigned back on their MySpace page.

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Ddrum and Vinnie Paul Announce New Signature Line

Vinnie Paul Abbott has announced his deal with Ddrum to create a new signature product line of drums.

“I’m proud to announce that I am making the move to Ddrum. This opportunity is giving me the chance to expand beyond playing music and bring my own line of kick ass, affordable drums to skin bashers around the world. Simply put, these drums look and sound amazing. Hell yeah!” Vinnie Paul.

"Vinnie Paul is the star in metal drumming, period. There is no doubt that this is a new day at Ddrum" says Ddrum CEO, Elliott Rubinson." Division manager, Terry Platt adds “The signature products from Vinnie are going to be sick.”

The new line will be displayed at Winter NAMM 2009 in January and Vinnie Paul will be on hand to sign autographs and help promote the new line.

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Ex-Hellyeah/Danzig Bassist Involved In Hotel Brawl

Former Nothingface/Hellyeah/Danzig bassist Jerry Montano was reportedly involved in a fight early this morning with country musician John Rich (of Big and Rich fame). Police arrived at the hotel around 4:28 AM and are currently investigating the incident, although no arrests have been made at this time. Neither musician has pressed charges against one another.

This is not the first time Montano has been the source of controversy, he was relieved of his duties from the supergroup Hellyeah last year after becoming drunk and disorderly at the band's album release party and making offensive statements regarding firearms. He was replaced by former Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha.

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Ozzfest 2008 Deemed A Success By Organizers

Billboard.com reports: Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas' Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.

Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year's Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year. This year's one-off event did "fantastically well," Sharon Osbourne told Billboard.com. "The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that's what they're doing."

In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, The Destro and "battle of the bands" winners Debris and Black Tooth.

Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. "Ozzfest ain't going anywhere," she says. "We do try and shake things up and experiment. We're not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Ozzfest 2008 Set Times Announced

The single-day Ozzfest 2008 destination event is fast approaching. The festival will be held this Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas. The set times have been released and are as follows (listed mostly in reverse order):

Main Stage:
Metallica 9:45 - 11:15 pm
Ozzy Osbourne 8:00 - 9:15 pm
Serj Tankian 6:45 - 7:45 pm
HellYeah/Dime tribute 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Johnathan Davis 4:25 - 5:15 pm
Cavalera Conspiracy 3:35 - 4:15 pm
Shadows Fall 2:50 - 3:25 pm
Apocalyptica 2:10 - 2:40 pm
In This Moment 1:30 - 2:00 pm

Second Stage:
Sevendust 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Devildriver 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Kingdom of Sorrow 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Soilent Green 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Witchcraft 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Goatwhore 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Third Stage:
The Sword 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Drowning Pool 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Rigor Mortis 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Within Chaos 1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Destro 12:00 - 12:30 pm
1st place battle of bands 11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd place battle of bands 10:30 - 10:40 am

Doors open at 10:00 am.

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Metal Stars Confirmed For Dimebag Tribute

The Ozzfest live tribute to fallen Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has began to take a clearer shape with many big name members of the metal community confirmed. The musicians will perform a set of Pantera classics after the set of Hellyeah at Ozzfest. Among the confirmed artists are:

Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah)
Kerry King (Slayer)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, Solo artist)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Chad Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick, Kingdom Of Sorrow)
Bob Zilla (Damageplan, Hellyeah)

Dimebag's former girlfriend Rita Haney has said about the tribute: “To have this event on the Mainstage at OZZFest in Dallas is such a treat and an honor!” says Rita Haney. “When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community come together like I've never seen before. To have the name ‘Dimebag’ still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision, it's always been about a damn good time!"

“When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year’s OZZFest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell since it was his hometown,” said Sharon Osbourne. “’Dimebag’ was a part of our OZZFest family and everyone in the metal community misses him dearly.”

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Vinnie Paul To Produce Hatebreed Live CD

Hatebreed has tapped the Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, Damageplan, Pantera) to produce, document, and record Hatebreed live during their Dallas, TX show at the Palladium Ballroom on May 27th.

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta comments: "We can't even begin to explain how excited we are to be recording our live album with Vinnie Paul! It's a great honor and privilege to be working with him on this. Vinnie knows his shit and doesn't fuck around! He's the man to get us the massive live tones we need to make this a special release. This is not just a live CD, this is live in Texas, where everything is bigger and badder! We're also going to be shooting some video footage for a short bonus DVD that will be like a mini-movie about the who, the what, the how and the why behind this whole project, so stay tuned and we'll see you at the show! Be ready to lose your mind and your voice!"

Vinnie Paul also commented, saying: "I am extremely excited to be producing, recording and documenting Hatebreed for their LIVE CD from Dallas, Texas! After touring with them and being personal friends with them for years, I know first-hand what a brutal and energetic band they are and how die-hard their fans are. I plan on capturing that energy and brutality live and then some!"

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Rock Against Diabetes Auctions To Launch May 18

Rock Against Diabetes is gearing up for their upcoming event on August 23rd by auctioning off spectacular music memorabilia and instruments donated by celebrities and artists in support of the event. Featured items include:

A 3 hour private guitar lesson with Bumblefoot (GnR) in the NYC Gibson showroom, Winner will receive a guitar (TBD model), a one of a kind private lesson, signed Bumblefoot T-shirt, and signed CD's, including the new release "Abnormal."

A Minarik Lotus Guitar, autographed by ALL of the Houseguests of Big Brother 9, Evel Dick Donato, Janelle Pierzina, and loads more of the cast and crew of the Big Brothers series.

A Vigier Excalibur Bfoot model, signed by Bumblefoot himself.

Minarik Inferno bass, autographed by Motorhead.

Sets of VIP R.A.D. tickets, only 50 sets in existence.

Hundreds of other autographed memorabilia, from Duran Duran, INXS, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Ok Go, Kylie Minoge, Triumph, Depeche Mode, Dropkick Murphy's, John Mayer, Mandy Moore, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Kidman, Meatloaf, BuckCherry, Simple Plan, Y&T, Phil Collins, Joan Baez, Bumblefoot, Hellyeah, Natalie Portman, Billy Squire, Wolfmother and MANY more.

Most items will be available on EBay, with key auctions taking place on RockAgainstDiabetes.org.

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Ozzfest 2008

As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.

Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.

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Ozzfest 2008 Confirmed As One-Day Event

OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).

Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.

The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.

“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."

This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.

“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."

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HellYeah Wants Fans To Pick Next Single

HellYeah are asking their fans to decide which song should constitute the band's fourth single. Tracks in the running are "Matter of Time," "Waging War," "God Damn," "In The Mood," "Star," "Rotten To The Core," "Nausea," and "One Thing." To vote for your favourite song, you can go to this location, or click below. More...

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Vinnie Paul Posts Record Label Update

Drummer VINNIE PAUL (PANTERA / DAMAGEPLAN / REBEL MEETS REBEL / HELLYEAH) has issued the following update:

"Big Vin Records plans on releasing SEVENTHVOID which is Johnny and Kenny from TYPE O NEGATIVE... all I can say is it's bad ass. Check it out here.

And the picture book that me and my Dad put together celebrating my brother Dimebag Darrell's life - it's very special... both will be out this summer.

As for Hellyeah, we're on a break but I will have some exciting news soon..."

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