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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.
HELLYEAH kick off the second leg of their national headlining More Balls, More Volume, More Strength Tour tonight in Clifton Park, NY, with MACHINE HEAD, NONPOINT and BURY YOUR DEAD supporting.
Tickets are going fast for the gigs, with shows in Flint, MI (February 10th) and Seattle, WA (February 23rd) already sold out.
While on the road, the explosive and uncompromising band will give fans daily updates.
Guitarist Tom Maxwell will “life cast” - a real-time broadcast of his life from his mobile phone - from the tour via www.kyte.tv.
Hellyeah is a band that truly puts their fans first. In addition to giving fans live updates from the road, Hellyeah allowed fans to name their tour and also called upon them to route their tour to cities throughout the US.
In other news, Hellyeah recently released their Below The Belt DVD (Epic Records) which offers fans an inside look at the band’s life on the road with clips dating back to the day the band was formed. Below The Belt debuted at #21 and features footage from multiple live performances and music videos, as well as personal interviews with all band members. Other highlights include snippets of the band’s first recording sessions at Dimebag Darrell’s legendary Chasin’ Jason studio in Dallas, TX, as well as backstage footage from the band’s world tour. More...
Pearl Drums is hosting an autograph session at this year's Winter NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants), which runs from January 17 to January 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The signing will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 at the Pearl booth. It will feature some of the best-known artists in rock and metal, including the following:
Adrian Erlandsson (CRADLE OF FILTH, NEMHAIN)
Barry Kerch (SHINEDOWN)
Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS)
Craig Nunenmacher (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER)
Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL)
Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Y&T)
Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE)
Matt McDonough (MUDVAYNE)
Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME)
Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST)
Vinnie Paul (HELLYEAH, PANTERA)
Important: The NAMM Show is **NOT** open to the public. The only attendees are NAMM member companies and their invited guests.
Fan-filmed video footage of HELLYEAH performing the song "Hellyeah" on December 9, 2007 at The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza in New York City can be viewed here.
HELLYEAH, MACHINE HEAD, NONPOINT and ANKLA will team up for a U.S. tour beginning late January.
HELLYEAH's live DVD, "Below the Belt", was released on November 13. The disc contains footage going back to the formation of the band, including the group's first recording session, the making of its self-titled debut album and various stops on the group's ongoing world tour, as well as personal interviews and other features. The two-hour DVD also includes videos, backstage clips, footage from the band's April record release party and a look inside Chasin' Jason, the studio once owned by late PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott where HELLYEAH recorded. More...
HELLYEAH have announced the second leg of their national headlining Balls, Volume, Strength Tour with MACHINE HEAD, NONPOINT and ANKLA supporting. After wrapping the first leg of the successful tour December 16 in Amarillo, TX, the trek will re-launch January 25 in Clifton Park, NY, with dates running through March.
Featuring PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN double-kick maestro, drummer Vinnie Paul, singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett (both from MUDVAYNE), along with guitarist Tom Maxwell (from NOTHINGFACE) and bassist Bob Zilla (from Damageplan), Hellyeah have just released their third single 'Thank You'; it’s a shout-out to the band’s recently departed family members: Vinnie’s brother Dimebag Darrell, Tom’s mother, and Chad’s grandmother.
“It’s a very emotional track for anyone who’s been through a crazy loss,” Chad said in a March 2007 feature in Revolver. “Dime was brutally murdered. I watched my grandmother, who was this thriving, full-of-life soul, get whittled down to nothing because of cancer. I just felt we owed a big thank you to all of them.” “It was very powerful,” says VINNIE of the first time he heard the completed song. “It made me think of how much my brother had done for me, and how much we had done together, and how much I miss him and how important it is for me and everyone to know we love him and appreciate him.”
In other news, Hellyeah recently released their Below The Belt DVD which offers fans an inside look at the band’s life on the road with clips dating back to the day the band was formed. Below The Belt debuted at #21 and features footage from multiple live performances and music videos, as well as personal interviews with all band members. Other highlights include snippets of the band’s first recording sessions at Dimebag Darrell’s legendary Chasin’ Jason studio in Dallas, TX, as well as backstage footage from the band’s world tour.
Hellyeah’s self-titled debut CD entered Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #9 earlier this year, with current sales of over 250,000.
Catch Hellyeah, Machine Head, Nonpoint and Ankla on the following dates:
25 - Clinfton Park, NY - Northern Lights
26 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
27 - Richmond, VA - Toad’s Place
29 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
30 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
1 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
2 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
6 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
8 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
9 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters (no Machine Head)
10 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop (no Machine Head)
15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
More dates announced soon.
Greg Maki of Live-Metal.net recently interviewed HELLYEAH/MUDVAYNE vocalist Chad Gray. Excerpts follow.
Live-Metal.net: It's almost over now, but how has this [HELLYEAH] headlining run been?
Chad Gray: It's cool. It's the same shit, fuckin' day in and day out. What might be new to you ain't that new to us. We do it every fuckin' day. We try to bring it just as hard every day. Even on days when you don't think you can, something about the music, it's the fuckin' wind in your sails. You can just fuckin' drag your ass up to that stage and it's like, "Fuck." You get on it and the music starts going and it's loud and the crowd's there, it's like fuckin' flipping a switch. It's been cool, though. Like I said, I'm fuckin' burnt. I'm burnt out. I haven't toured this hard probably since 2001, since the early days of MUDVAYNE when did 300-some shows in a year. We toured for "L.D. 50" for 22 months. This is pretty equal to that lifestyle of touring. There's a lot of people on this bus and it's just been going and going and going. This tour that we're on now — by the time I get off of it Dec. 17, I will have not been home for three months. To me, that's a long time because the last time I was not home for three months I was fuckin' 26 years old, 27 years old. This is fuckin' eight years later. It's a little different now. It's harder touring. People have fuckin' families now and you feel more established. No matter how established MUDVAYNE is, this has been very much a starting over process and you would've maybe never thought that. You put these players together, you would think that it's just gonna go BOOM! and everything's gonna be fuckin' limos and fuckin' catering. It's been like, "OK, here's your fuckin' $10 buyout. Go to fuckin' Burger King." It reminds me of 2001. It really does. It reminds me of fuckin' years ago.
Live-Metal.net: After this tour is over, is that gonna be it for HELLYEAH for a while?
Chad Gray: We're gonna go back out. We're working on it. We haven't confirmed anything yet, so I can't even say the bands that we're talking about. We're maybe slated to go out like late January through February.
Live-Metal.net: Headlining or supporting?
Chad Gray: Headlining.
Live-Metal.net: Switching to MUDVAYNE, where did the whole idea come for the new "By the People, For the People" album?
Chad Gray: We had so much shit on hard drives and discs and live versions of stuff, acoustic versions and different shit we had laying around. It was kind of like we need to put this out there. Like, "This is fuckin' stupid. We've got something here that we can put out and I think people would really dig it." We're not putting this out to sell millions. We don't give a fuck, although it did 27,000 the first week, which I was really overwhelmed by. It's just demos and live versions and shit. It's not new stuff. "Dull Boy" is the only new fuckin' song on it. We were just like, "We should do this." I'm like, "Well, fuck it. If we've got all this stockpile of shit, this music sitting around or whatever, we should use the stockpile of artwork that we have sitting around from fans to do the artwork with." Because one of the biggest fuckin' headaches of doing a record is putting together the artwork. It's a nightmare. It's a zillion emails back and forth. I'm like, "Fuck it. Let's collage it, put it together." And then we were like, "Fuck it. If we're doing a contest, there's not one song that somebody could pick that we don't have some version of. So fuck it. Let's let them pick the tracks and then we'll determine what version they get." If somebody wants "Forget to Remember", we've got a live version of it, we've got a demo version of it and we've got a fuckin' acoustic version of it. OK, fuck it. Let's give them the acoustic version 'cause it's something different and it's something we can put out there and whatever. So it's cool, man. There are a couple things, obviously, that people wouldn't have known we had, like the cover of "King of Pain".
Live-Metal.net: Is the new MUDVAYNE album done?
Chad Gray: Yeah, it's done.
Live-Metal.net: Any idea when it will be out?
Chad Gray: We haven't decided what we're doing yet. We talked about writing more. We talked about writing another record. We talked about doing all kinds of shit. I think now we're really trying to figure everything out in the sense of timelining and scheduling and how we want to see things going down 'cause we do have something else now. We're excited about HELLYEAH, but we are very, very much still very passionate about MUDVAYNE and I think we're gonna try to get the most bang for our buck. Give as much to the MUDVAYNE people as we can without wasting a lot of our lives and our time. So maybe we'll do something like — we thought about putting out two records in a year. We put out two records in a year, then that opens up another two years where we would be touring and supporting those two separate records. If you put one out and you tour for 18 months, then you put the other one out and you tour for 18 months, there's a lot of fuckin' time gone there. When you can just write 'em, put one out, start touring, put the next one out while you're touring, finish up touring, support both records at the same time, come off, be done, go back, write a HELLYEAH record, go out, tour, come back, write a MUDVAYNE record — you know what I mean? Let's start hustling. Let's start moving and shaking. Not hustling people, hustling our time, really lassoing our time and fuckin' corralling it and going, OK, this is what the fuck we want to do with our time. We don't want to waste it anymore by going out and touring for 18 fuckin' months and doing fuckin' five runs through the States and two runs in Australia and two runs in Japan and fuckin' two runs through Europe. Essentially, you're doing the same shit anyway. The cool thing is with doing a couple different records in one year is that if you are gonna roll through the States five times, you're gonna go to Australia twice, you're gonna go to Japan twice and you're gonna go to Europe twice, you can schedule everything so that when you do go back to Australia for that second time, you're playing some new new material; go back to Japan the second time, you're playing new new material; you go back through the States for the third time, you're playing new new material; you go back to Europe the second time, you're playing new new material. And the first time you went there, you're playing new new material, too. So it's cool. It gives the fans more, too. They're not seeing the same show.
Danielle Hatch of the Journal Star recently conducted an interview with MUDVAYNE/HELLYEAH frontman Chad Gray. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On performing with HELLYEAH at the East Peoria Convention Center on Wednesday:
"It's kind of where I spread my wings to get into the music business, it's where it all started to happen, so it definitely feels like home to me.
"I'm not on heroin, I've never done heroin, but I assume the road would be a lot like being on heroin. When you're on it, you don't really want to be, when you're off it, you need to get back on it."
On putting everything on the line to be part of MUDVAYNE years ago:
"I had a job that paid good money and I basically wasn't living my life, you know, I wasn't following the dream in my heart. I basically quit a $40,000-a-year factory job and moved to Peoria. In typical kid fashion, I didn't have one dime of savings, spent it on the stupidest crap ever, you know, bubble gum and pinwheels and beer.
"I didn't really know it was going to happen. I mean, I believed in what we were doing, absolutely. The way everything ended up panning out, it was a bit of a Cinderella story. It was kind of cool."
"I've always been an artist, I've always been a creative type of person, and I really needed to try to bring this to fruition. It's been the hardest damn job in my life, and just when I thought it couldn't get any harder, I got another full-time job."
On HELLYEAH's formation:
"It just came from bringing five different people together with five different attitudes and dropping our walls and letting go of our egos and really just trying to write our music. I started playing in HELLYEAH because MUDVAYNE consumed all of my time. (Now, with HELLYEAH) it's been nonstop, just beating it down and grinding. But it's showing in the sales. It's really hard to sell records these days and we're still selling anywhere between 4,700 and 5,500 records a week."
On how he keeps everything straight, switching back and forth between the two projects:
"It's not like I'm Jekyll and Hyde. But MUDVAYNE is a very calculated, very research-oriented math-metal kind of a band. That's how MUDVAYNE's always been and it's gotten more that way in themes and ideas. And that's great, that's fine, there's nothing wrong with that. But HELLYEAH, on the other hand. ... I'll listen to the music as I'm writing the song, and I'm not over-reading the book, and you just write it down and it works. It's just a different kind of thing."
On concerns from fans who are worried that HELLYEAH will cause the demise of MUDVAYNE:
"MUDVAYNE will always be there. Greg and I have been doing these back-to-back records — write, record, tour, take a small break, write, record tour, small break, write, record, tour. And we've been doing that for so many years, we were going to take a break (from MUDVAYNE) regardless. And I was like, you know what, man? We can go home and sit on our ass and watch TV or we can go do this thing. This is a must-needed break, and I think it's going to make MUDVAYNE even better."
HELLYEAH taking part in an interview and acoustic performance of "Alcohaulin' Ass" at 93X WMFS studios in Memphis, TN: More...
The Pulse of Radio reports: MUDVAYNE releases a "fan-generated" collection of rarities, demos and live recordings called By "The People, For The People" on Tuesday (November 27). The record contains demo versions of some of MUDVAYNE's most popular songs, including "Death Blooms", "Fall Into Sleep", "Not Falling" and "Happy". Singer Chad Gray told The Pulse of Radio he thinks fans will enjoy hearing the tracks in their earliest stages. "From the demo standpoint, it's kind of cool because it's like, I think it allows the fan to adhere more to the band," he said. "It allows you to go deeper because they're hearing the songs on the records that are realized, where demos is just mapping. It's just getting down ideas, like broad strokes. So it kind of allows you to see where that song came from and kind of be a part of the life of what that song became."
Fans helped choose songs for the CD at Mudvayne.com, with the group deciding on the final selection.
The set also features a new song called "Dull Boy", which serves as the first single, a previously unreleased cover of THE POLICE's "King of Pain", plus live and acoustic versions of other MUDVAYNE favorites.
MUDVAYNE has posted some previously unseen band footage at its MySpace page in conjunction with the CD's arrival.
The group will enter the studio early next year to complete its fourth studio album, which is due out sometime in 2008.
Gray's other band, HELLYEAH, is currently on the road and recently issued a live DVD titled "Below The Belt".
Soundtrack tracklisting for the Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 album has been released, featuring two newly added A.M. CONSPIRACY tracks:
Nonpoint - Everybody down
Puddle of Mudd - Famous
8Ball&MJG - Stand Up
AM Conspiracy - Welt
AM Conspiracy - Right on Time
Project 86 - Evil (A Chorus of Resistance)
Project 86 - Put your lips to the TV
Sevendust - Driven
Sevendust - Feed
Chevelle - Well Enough Alone
Nobody Famous - Go Hard
Hellyeah - You Wouldn’t Know
HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has issued the following update:
"HELLYEAH's first DVD, 'Below the Belt', is in stores now. Pick it up anywhere — it's a way to live a day in the life of the HELLYEAH band and our rowdy crew.
"We are shooting our video for 'Thank You' in Dallas, Texas at The Palladium the night before Thanksgiving, November 21st... then the party moves to The Clubhouse so bring your ass and let's make it the video and party of the year!
"HELLYEAH will be on tour until December 15th and possibly into next year.
"I wanna thank everyone for making my return to music a great experience! It's been awesome!
"Please keep sending demos as I will get some time to focus on the label (Big Vin Records) early next year and plan on signing a few bands...
"Also, 'Dimevision 2' [DVD tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] is coming along and the first official photo book for Dime is being put together by me and my Dad and will be out next year too. We are very excited about this as it's a true tribute to the King himself!"
"Below the Belt" contains footage going back to the formation of HELLYEAH, including the group's first recording session, the making of its self-titled debut album and various stops on the group's ongoing world tour, as well as personal interviews and other features. The two-hour DVD also includes videos, backstage clips, footage from the band's April record release party and a look inside Chasin' Jason, the studio once owned by late PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott where HELLYEAH recorded.
Singer Chad Gray, who also fronts MUDVAYNE, told The Pulse of Radio that HELLYEAH likes to bring a light-hearted attitude to playing in a band. "Being on the road and touring and playing shows is, like, fun," he said. "You know, to get all in your, you know, leather and your spikes and get up and be all serious and mean and whatever, it's like, that's just not the vibe of our band. We just have a good time with it and people seem to respond to that kind of HELLYEAH vibe, you know, just like, let's have a good time, you know."
On November 13th, Epic Records releases Below The Belt, the highly anticipated live DVD from HELLYEAH.
The band check in with the following: "HellYeah's new DVD Below The Belt will be shown in four parts, from Tuesday November 6th - Friday November 9th at 7 PM (EST)!
Part I will be screened Tuesday November 6th at 7 PM (EST) on HellYeah's official online community site, www.hellyeahband.com/screeningroom !
Below The Belt is a compilation of HellYeah home video, live performances, interviews and other raw footage!
The video is only available for viewing from 7 PM - 8 PM so don’t be late!"
Brian Dukes of FayObserver.com recently conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN).
FayObserver.com: What's it like to work with all these talented performers [in HELLYEAH]?
Vinnie Paul: We knew this band was going to be special from the start. It's been great because there's been no ego problems. We're a band, through and through, and we're having fun doing this.
FayObserver.com: Is there any added pressure or unrealistic expectations since you guys are, essentially, a "supergroup?"
Vinnie Paul: Not really. It's actually been refreshing to be a part of something that's not so high-pressure or that comes with high expectations. We're an old-fashioned garage band — just a bunch of guys jamming out and making music.
FayObserver.com: Is this band a creative outlet for you guys?
Vinnie Paul: Hell yeah, absolutely. We're creating things that you wouldn't necessarily find coming from MUDVAYNE or NOTHINGFACE or DAMAGEPLAN. This band stands on its own two feet.
FayObserver.com: What are some of your goals with this band?
Vinnie Paul: We knew that we wanted to accomplish three things: have a good time, create songs that are heavy but groove-oriented and that people could sing along to.
FayObserver.com: Every member of HELLYEAH comes from a different band with different fan bases. How have those fans responded to this collaboration?
Vinnie Paul: They've really embraced us from day one. They really seem to love how we've made fun, re-energized music that's not so serious and over the top — which is something that's been missing from the music scene for a while.
FayObserver.com: Of all the possible names, why HELLYEAH?
Vinnie Paul: It's simple, and it's a phrase we use all the time. It's very affirmative and full of attitude. When your buddy asks if you want to get a beer tonight, you don't just say "yes," you say, "Hell yeah!"
FayObserver.com: How many times have you said "Hellyeah"?
Vinnie Paul: I've lost count.
FayObserver.com: How'd you pick it?
Vinnie Paul: We had a rule. When we were looking for a name, that if you thought of something, you'd write it down and put it on an amp box outside of the studio. Well, someone wrote "Hellyeah," and we all just looked at each other and said, "Hellyeah!"
FayObserver.com: What are your future plans?
Vinnie Paul: Well, people need to know that this is a real band, not just a side project. We're going to take some time after MUDVAYNE gets done touring and promoting their latest album, and then we're going to come back and do this again — only bigger, badder, faster and harder.
HELLYEAH have issued the following update:
"Due to rescheduling changes, the HellYeah in-store appearance on Friday, October 26th at the RockBox has been moved up to 3 PM.
Get a wrist band to guarantee your place in line when you either purchase the band's debut self titled CD, or pre-order the upcoming new DVD in which you will receive a very cool limited edition litho poster for the band to sign. You can also pick up your concert tickets for the show later that evening at Sunken Gardens.
The Rockbox, located at 4307 Thousand Oaks, off of Perrin Beitel (in the Gold's Gym Shopping Center) across from Brunswick Bowling Alley.
For more details go to theedgemagazine.com or call 210-650-9095."
On November 13th, Epic Records releases Below The Belt, the highly anticipated live DVD from HellYeah. Capturing footage from the day the band formed, Below The Belt includes performance footage from the very making of the album, first studio sessions, coverage of their world tour, personal interviews, as well as a few surprises.
This unique DVD, produced by Hellyeah and Ryan Ziemba and filmed by close friends offers fans a special two-hour long view into the band’s life on the road. Below The Belt features footage from multiple live performances, music videos, as well as personal interviews with all band members as they chat about life both before and after the formation of Hellyeah. Other highlights include snippets of the band’s very first recording sessions at Dimebag’s legendary Chasin’ Jason studio in Dallas, TX, coverage from Hellyeah’S April 10, 2006 album release party held in Dallas, TX as well as backstage footage from the band’s world tour.
The following message has been posted via Hellyeah's offical Myspace:
"BELOW THE BELT"
FIRST LIVE DVD BY METAL SUPERGROUP TO BE
RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 13TH
BAND'S 2ND SINGLE, "ALCOHAULIN' ASS" SOARS INTO TOP 5
AT ACTIVE ROCK RADIO
SALES ARE OVER 300K UNITS WORLDWIDE
New York, NY – On November 13th Epic Records releases BELOW THE BELT, the highly anticipated live DVD from hard rock supergroup HELLYEAH. Capturing footage from the day the band formed, BELOW THE BELT includes performance footage from the very making of the album, first studio sessions, coverage of their world tour, personal interviews, as well as a few surprises.
This unique DVD, produced by HELLYEAH and Ryan Ziemba and filmed by close friends offers fans a special two-hour long view into the band's life on the road. BELOW THE BELT features footage from multiple live performances, music videos, as well as personal interviews with all band members as they chat about life both before and after the formation of HELLYEAH. Other highlights include snippets of the band's very first recording sessions at Dimebag's legendary Chasin' Jason studio in Dallas, TX, coverage from HELLYEAH'S April 10, 2006 album release party held in Dallas, TX as well as backstage footage from the band's world tour.
In other news, HELLYEAH's headline tour BALLS VOLUME AND STRENGTH officially kicks off October 30th in the motor city with support bands OTEP and bloodsimple; the day both Otep (Koch Records) and bloodsimple (Warner Brothers) release their fourth and second respective studio albums. HELLYEAH recently partnered with myYearbook to host the opening band competition. For a complete list of dates and promotions, please go to http://www.hellyeahband.com.
HELLYEAH's self-titled CD has been called "One of the best metal discs of 2007" and has received rave reviews from around the world. In addition to selling over 300k units worldwide, the band's latest and second single, "Alcohaulin' Ass" is 5 at Active Rock while "You Wouldn't Know," the band's first Top-5 single (and accompanying video) from HELLYEAH's self-titled CD is also included on MADDEN NFL 08."
The Pulse of Radio reports that HELLYEAH has officially announced a partnership with 16 social media companies as part of the band's promotional efforts for its current and upcoming fall live dates. The group already used an online poll to select the name of its headlining trek, Balls Volume and Strength, and has aligned itself with high school social network myYearbook to host an opening band competition. More info on that can be found at MyYearbook.com/ballsvolumeandstrengthtour, while the band's other social network tie-ins are listed at HellyeahBand.com.
HELLYEAH is out right now with KORN and played on Friday night (October 12) in Marion, South Carolina. The band's headlining jaunt begins on October 24 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
HELLYEAH released its self-titled debut album last April. The latest single from the disc is called "Alcohaulin' Ass".
HELLYEAH have added a few more dates to their Balls Volume Strength tour. They are:
10.26.2007 San Antonio, TX
11.17.2007 Las Vegas, NV
11.30.2007 Ft. Myers, FL
Gracing the stage with bands from Slayer to Alice in Chains, and straight off the Family Values Tour, Bloodsimple is now venturing on a full-fledged US Tour. The boys, Tim Williams and Mike Kennedy (of legendary New York hardcore band Vision of Disorder), Kyle Sanders (brother of Mastodon's Kyle Sanders), and Nick Rowe, will be direct support for Hell Yeah.
"I can't believe people still care about what I'm doing sometimes, it's pretty funny," said Bloodsimple frontman Tim Williams.
Bloodsimple's latest album Red Harvest hits stores October 30 and their major label debut combines their unique brand of groove-driven metal with a more organic and fine-tuned sound. Their new single, "Out to Get You," is about to hit a radio station near you, if it already hasn't.
Here are the latest bloodsimple tour dates:
10/30 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
10/31 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/02 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/03 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/04 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/07 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/09 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/10 El Paso, TX @ Cohen Stadium
Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has told LiveDaily that he's "chomping at the bit" to record new music with HELLYEAH, the band he formed with lead singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, both of MUDVAYNE, guitarist Tom Maxwell of NOTHINGFACE and bassist Bob Zilla of Abbott's previous group, DAMAGEPLAN.
"We're seeing how far we can take [HELLYEAH] this time around," Abbott said. "Then, early next year, they're going to have the new MUDVAYNE record and they're going to do a tour. When that's all done, we're going to get back together. In one-and-a-half to two years, we'll do HELLYEAH part two.
"New music is something we're looking forward to." Abbott continued. "HELLYEAH's been a lot of fun for all of us. That was the goal behind us from the very start: to not let it be a businesslike band — just go out and have fun."
The surviving members of PANTERA are involved in a legal battle with their former webmaster over the Pantera.com domain name, which once served as the band's official web site (since February 2003, PANTERA's official web site has been located at www.officialpantera.com). According to the Justia.com legal portal, which maintains a database of Federal District Court filings and dockets, Pantera.com webmaster L. Alfenas filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Western District Court on August 2, 2007 against the Pantera Partnership (consisting of Vincent Paul Abbott, Philip Hansen Anselmo, Rex Robert Brown, and the estate of Darell Lance ["Dimebag Darrell"] Abbott) over the domain, which has apparently been registered to Alfenas since 1998. The Pantera Partnership, meanwhile, filed a suit of their own in the Michigan Eastern District Court against Alfenas (who resides in Michigan) the very next day, August 3, 2007.
Writing on the PanteraChat.com message board (which is also apparently registered to Alfenas), Alfenas (who posts under the name "Alfie") stated about the lawsuits, "Their [PANTERA's] lawyer just said, 'Give us the domains or we are going to sue you. They could have saved a lot of money if they were just nice. You don't treat someone that's done nine years' worth of work for you like a piece of shit. Especially me."
Regarding his decision to file a lawsuit before the PANTERA camp had a chance to file theirs, Alfenas wrote, "I filed first because I knew they were going to file the next day." He added, "They are going to argue trademark dilution — meaning that because I own the site, they are losing money and I am tarnishing their mark." [According to Wikipedia, "trademark dilution is a trademark law concept forbidding the use of a famous trademark in a way that would lessen its uniqueness. In most cases, trademark dilution involves an unauthorized use of another's trademark on products that do not compete with, and have little connection with, those of the trademark owner. For example, a famous trademark used by one company to refer to hair care products, might be diluted if another company began using a similar mark to refer to breakfast cereals or spark plugs."]
On the possible outcome of this legal battle, Alfenas said, "One of two things will happen: I will win and keep Pantera.com and PanteraChat.com; or I lose it all, and lots of money to lawyers with it . . . Best part is, they [PANTERA] are using two lawyers — one at $500 per hour and some intern at probably $250 per hour. This is going to drag on for a lonnnnnng time if I have anything to say about it."
When asked by one of the other registered members on the PanteraChat.com message board if the surviving members of PANTERA have offered him any money in exchange for transferring the registration to the Pantera.com domain name over to them, Alfenas replied, "PANTERA has never paid me a dollar in nine years, the entire time I've run the site." More...
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, who have created quite a buzz with their debut album "THE WAY OF THE FIST," will be joining the likes of Korn, HellYeah and Droid on this fall’s B#@CH! WE GOT A PROBLEM TOUR.
Expressing his gratitude to the thousands of fans that witnessed FFDP command the RedOctane "Guitar Hero" stage on this summer’s FAMILY VALUES TOUR, Vocalist Ivan Moody had this to say: “Family Values 2007 has been an experience I will never forget! ALL the bands are above and beyond amazing. Thanks to all the Knuckleheads and the bands for making this summer unforgettable.”
REMAINING FAMILY VALUES TOUR DATES:
08/28/2007 Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
08/31/2007 Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/01/2007 Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord
09/02/2007 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
The following tour dates have been announced:
B#@CH WE GOT A PROBLEM TOUR 2007
Mon. Oct. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom - On sale NOW
Tue. Oct. 02 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theater – On Sale TBD
Wed. Oct. 03 - Youngstown, OH - Chevrolet Center – On Sale TBD
Fri. Oct. 05 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Arena – On sale NOW
More tour dates to be announced.