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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."
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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
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
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.
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.”
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!"
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.
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.
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."
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...
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..."
Patrick Douglas of the Great Falls Tribune recently conducted an interview with MUDVAYNE/HELLYEAH guitarist Greg Tribbett. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On MUDVAYNE's latest release, "By The People, For The People", a collection of rarities including live tracks and demos:
"This is stuff that you can't get online. This was in a vault. ... I'm sure you can get it online now after the record has been put out. It was something that nobody had ever heard and was an opportunity for our fans to hear how we wrote (songs), how certain songs came together at first before they made it onto a record."
On keeping busy touring with HELLYEAH:
"HELLYEAH has definitely given me another outlet of music that I needed. I needed some time away from MUDVAYNE to do another project. It's definitely gotten me wanting to go back and do some more writing with MUDVAYNE."
"I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to be in both bands. It's a lot of hard work, man. It's going to pay off in the end and we're going to continue to do it. We're definitely going to do another HELLYEAH record and we're doing another MUDVAYNE record. I don't think I'm gonna get too much time off in the next five years."
On the past 18 months, which have been a blur to Tribbett:
"It's been like a roller coaster ride, man. We started writing the HELLYEAH record after MUDVAYNE got done touring 'Lost and Found' and pretty much haven't had a break. We put the record out and started touring it nonstop. In between that we started working on ... 'By The People, For The People' It's been pretty insane."
On being a veteran of nonstop touring:
"A lot of people can do it and a lot of people can't. The road's a hard life but we've been touring nonstop for seven, eight years now. I think that's the biggest change is how to handle the road, growing with the music, growing with touring. Maturing basically."
On the next MUDVAYNE record:
"I've been writing for a couple months, actually. I'll be prepared for it. It's like starting all over again."
On the album's musical direction:
"That's something where everyone's gonna have to wait and see what happens. We're trying some new stuff on the next record and the next tour to keep stepping it up. We definitely have a lot of ideas. Chad's [Gray, vocals] got a lot of interesting things that he's gonna write about."
According to The Pulse of Radio, MUDVAYNE's touring and album plans for 2008 have yet to be nailed down. The band was initially rumored as one of the big acts on this summer's Rockstar Mayhem tour, which is already confirmed to include DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT on the bill. MUDVAYNE drummer Matt McDonough told The Pulse of Radio that he heard the same rumors but can't say precisely what MUDVAYNE plans to do. "We almost assuredly will be touring this summer, and we're investigating options of what's gonna happen," he said. "You know, as far as the Mayhem tour, you know, that would be a great situation for us. We're great friends with SLIPKNOT and I believe DISTURBED is on it. God, I'd love to tour with all my bros, my friends, but I think it's just another possibility."
As for the new MUDVAYNE album, McDonough is hoping for a summer release. The band completed most of the recording last summer in New Orleans, but is working on additional material.
MUDVAYNE's plans could also be complicated by the touring schedule of HELLYEAH, the group launched last year that features MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett.
HELLYEAH kicked off a new North American tour on Friday (January 25) and plays Tuesday night (January 29) in Charleston, South Carolina.
MUDVAYNE issued a collection of fan-selected rarities late last year titled "By The People, For The People". It sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number 51 on the Billboard album chart.
UK's Metal Hammer magazine conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) for its January 2008 issue, which celebrates the life of Vinnie's brother, late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal Hammer: Do you think [Dimebag] gets the recognition he deserves? That people were too quick to merely see him as Dimebag the party animal and not the talented guitarist?
Vinnie: No, he knew those things went hand in hand. He knew he was the life of the party and a character and that kind of came along with everything he did. That was okay with him and okay with us.
Metal Hammer: Did the pair of you turn to each other for support when Phil Anselmo [PANTERA singer] started encountering his various problems whilst in PANTERA?
Vinnie: Oh, yeah, we spoke to each other about it all the time. We'd made several attempts to reach out to Phil. In the end, we felt it had gone too far and we really needed to do something. I remember, Dime had made some demos, and Jerry Cantrell [ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist] was over. We were just hanging out, pretty depressed. Dime took Jerry out in the car and played him the demos — which later became DAMAGEPLAN — and Jerry said, "You need to move on and do your own thing." Dime came back into the house and said, "Fuck this shit, we're not waiting around anymore. Let's just start our own band and do our own thing." And that's how DAMAGEPLAN came about.
Metal Hammer: Much has been made of the interview Phil did with Metal Hammer in 2004, just prior to Dimebag's tragic death, to the extent that you actually requested a tape of that interview to confirm its veracity, which we supplied. Since then, Phil has said a lot online and in the press about wanting to make amends. Has he ever tried to make contact with you?
Vinnie: No, man. I don't want to talk to him. I don't believe anything he says. He's the master of lies. He says that shit because he wants the fans to believe what he has to say and follow what he does. And they're like sheep and they will. I don't want to elaborate on it any further apart from to say: listen to the Metal Hammer interview and you'll know exactly how he felt about my brother. He can say anything he wants, now on the backside.
Metal Hammer: This is obviously a very sensitive area, and I hope you don't mind me asking the question, and you don't have to answer this if you don't want to, but what memories do you have of that tragic night?
Vinnie: Ah, man, the last thing that really matters to me is the last thing we said to each other before we went on stage. We were warming up on the side of the stage like we always did and we were both really excited — we only had two shows left and we were gonna be going home for Christmas and to begin work on the second [DAMAGEPLAN] record. Our code word to let it all hang out and have a good time was "Van Halen," man. And that's the last two words we ever said to each other. I said "Van Halen" and he said "Van Halen" and we high-fived each other and went on the deck to do our thing… and a minute and a half later I'll never see him again.