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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.
New York metalcore crew BLOODSIMPLE has issued the following statement:
"Sorry to say but we will have to cancel the Family Values show in Marysville [California] on Friday. Tim [Williams, vocals] has to have an emergency tooth pulled in L.A. in about an hour. He is in bad shape. We hope to be able to play Saturday in San Francisco (Mountain View) and Sunday in Irvine. Have to wait and see how he recovers. This totally sucks for all of us and we apologize!!!"
BLOODSIMPLE is scheduled to release its sophomore album, "Red Harvest", on October 9. A single, "Out to Get You", is expected to impact radio shortly.
Rehearsal footage of BLOODSIMPLE playing the new song "Dark Helmet" from its forthcoming CD "Red Harvest" has been posted at MetalKult.com. MetalKult.com has posted a new video interview with BLOODSIMPLE in which the band talks about a range of topics, including their roots in VISIONS OF DISORDER and SKREW, and their approach to writing their latest album, "Blood Harvest".
"This record is definitely a step up from the last one," says guitarist Nick Rowe.
"We tried to write more as a band this time," adds guitarist Mike Kennedy. "The last record was written a lot on ProTools and it was a little more structured whereas on this record we tried to open it up a little bit and make it feel like a real band wrote it. I think we definitely achieved that, for sure."
"Red Harvest" was produced by Machine (LAMB OF GOD, WHITE ZOMBIE). The LP will contain around 11 tracks, including "Dead Man Walking", the title cut and "El Myr" — the name of an Atlanta burrito bar the band loves to visit while on the road.
BLOODSIMPLE's debut CD, "A Cruel World", was released in March 2005 on MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray's Bullygoat label imprint (via Warner Bros.).
KORN will embark on the "Bi#%h! We Have A Problem" tour beginning late September. Support on the shows will come from HELLYEAH, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, and DROID. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Sep. 22 - Reno, NV - Lawlor Events Center
Sep. 23 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
Sep. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Amphitheater
Sep. 27 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Sep. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Oct. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 02 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theater
Oct. 03 - Youngstown, OH - Cheverolet Center
Oct. 05 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Arena
Oct. 06 - Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheater
Oct. 08 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
Oct. 09 - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center
Oct. 10 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Wachovia Center
Oct. 12 - Marion, SC - Carolina Amphitheater
Oct. 13 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Oct. 14 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Oct. 16 - Little Rock, AR - Alltell Arena
Oct. 17 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
Oct. 19 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
Oct. 20 - Hidalgo, TX - Dodge Arena
Oct. 21 - Beaumont, TX - Montagne Center
Oct. 23 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
Oct. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - Joint
Oct. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
Oct. 27 - Seattle, WA - Wamu Theater
Oct. 28 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
KORN's new, untitled album sold 123,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 on The Billboard chart. This is slightly more than half of the 221,000 first-week tally achieved by its predecessor, "See You on the Other Side", which landed at No. 3 back in December 2005.
KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette why the band chose not to continue working with veteran drummer Terry Bozzio, who played on the band's new album. Shaffer explained, "There were certain demands that he made. We weren't ready to meet those demands...He was a great guy and a phenomenal drummer. But the demands that he made were offensive. He wanted to be a member of the band, and that included ownership. We were like, 'What? You want to have 25 percent of everything?' We can't just sign away the rights to music on a whim."
MTV.com has issued the following report:
HELLYEAH - the band featuring members of MUDVAYNE, PANTERA and NOTHINGFACE - are on the hunt for a dozen women they'd like to act as their "Hellyeah Girls".
The winners will be featured in the band's 2008 calendar. To enter, contestants need to post an audition video to Break.com and send a link to the clip to email@example.com .
The Pulse Of Radio recently issued the following Hellyeah update from Don Kaye:
Hellyeah plans to stay on the road beyond September, when it finishes up it's current run on the Family Values tour with KORN, EVANESCENCE and others.
That could complicate matters for singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, who recently completed a new album with their other band, Mudvayne.
But Gray told us that he's confident everything will fall into place: "Obviously we've got some Mudvayne commitments and stuff that are getting ready to come up, and we're, like, right in the middle of all of that right now. I'm dealing with my other two members of Mudvayne and stuff, and everything's really great right now between all of us. They're being really super supportive of what Greg and I doing in our headspace and it's really exciting. So we're just gonna try to carve out a little more time for Hellyeah and figure out the Mudvayne thing when it comes up."
Gray said that he expects the new Mudvayne album, the band's fourth, to come out either near the end of this year or very early in 2008.
Hellyeah's debut disc has sold 155,000 copies since coming out in April.
Hellyeah is one of the bands included on the soundtrack of Electronic Arts' new Madden NFL 08 video game. The group will also appear as featured artists at EA.com's "EA Trax" section.
The first nine dates of Korn's "BI#%H! WE HAVE A PROBLEM" Tour with special guests Hellyeah, Five Finger Death Punch, and Droid have been announced. Tickets for these shows will go on sale this coming weekend. More tour dates to be announced soon.
Sept. 22 Reno, NV - Lawlor Events Center
Sept. 23 Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
Sept. 25 Vancouver, BC - Pacific Amphitheater
Sept. 27 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Sept. 29 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Oct. 1 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 2 Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theater
Oct. 3 Youngstown, OH - Cheverolet Center
Oct. 5 Nashville, TN - Nashville Arena
More video footage has surfaced from HELLYEAH's CD-release party and the "You Wouldn't Know" video shoot. The party took place on April 10, 2007 at the Clubhouse, the Dallas nightclub founded by HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul and his late brother, PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The "You Wouldn't Know" clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Clubhouse.
According to unconfirmed reports, it was during HELLYEAH's CD-release party on April 10 that the group's then-bassist Jerry Montano got drunk and violent, allegedly threatening his bandmates. One week later he was dismissed from the band and was subsequently replaced by Bob "Zilla" Kakaha, who played with the Abbott brothers in their post-PANTERA group, DAMAGEPLAN, until Dimebag's death.
HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray recently spoke to The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) about the events leading up to the band's dismissal of Montano. While Gray was not present for the incident, he told The Pulse of Radio that the group took the decision to let Montano go very seriously. "I've heard through the grapevine that obviously some things went down or whatever, and we just banded together as a group and we felt, all of us, including Jerry, I think we all felt like we needed to do what was best for HELLYEAH and we wanted to do what we thought was best for Jerry at the time," he said. "And we wish him the best and we love him, and it was for a lot of reasons and it was, believe me, there was a lot of deliberation. I mean, it took us a long time to come to that decision."
No official explanation was ever given for Montano's exit.
HELLYEAH's debut album entered the Billboard chart at No. 9 upon its release. The latest single from the disc is "Alcohaulin' Ass".
The band is currently on the road with the Family Values tour. More...
HELLYEAH's video for the track "Alcohaulin' Ass" has been released and can be viewed below. "This is a collection of live clips from the 2007 tour of the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand," says the group. The video was shot by Videobob and Bridog, and it was directed and edited by Videobob Moseley.
HELLYEAH is the new band featuring members of MUDVAYNE, PANTERA and NOTHINGFACE. The group is currently touring in support of its self-titled debut album, which has sold 155,000 copies in the United States since its April 10 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. More...
Brazil's Roadie Crew and Argentina's Jedbangers magazines recently collaborated on a very special story on SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to arranging a lengthy interview with Max conducted by Thiago Sarkis and Fernando Ibáñez, the two publications invited several world-renowned musicians who witnessed and/or toured with Cavalera in the early years of his career to talk about his importance to the heavy metal scene and to reveal interesting stories about him and SEPULTURA. This ultimate tribute to the most important and influential South American metal musician and band ever is the cover story in the brand new issue of Roadie Crew (which is out on the newsstands right now) and will be a highlight in Jedbangers' next issue, which will be released in two weeks (featuring MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine on the cover).
Here is what some of heavy metal's most renowned musicians have had to say about Max Cavalera and SEPULTURA:
Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD):
"Max Cavalera is a very important man. He with the rest of SEPULTURA were the first Brazilian band to play outside of Brazil, and gain a large, fanatical following. We met them in 1991 when we played together, and we soon realized they were arrogant sons of bitches same as we were! Since then we've played with Max, SEPULTURA, then SOULFLY, and with SEPULTURA featuring Derrick, the big lad. They always put on a great show, the fans go crazy, and they keep pushing the odds. Luck to them."
Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN):
"Max is metal! We had the pleasure of having both SEPUTURA and SOULFLY touring with PANTERA and every night they gave us a run for the money. Max writes intense lyrics and delivers them with conviction and passion. His riffs are crushing and he has always had a great metal guitar sound. In short, Max is a metal god and he lives and breathes it every day. He and his bands put Brazil on the heavy metal map and brought a new tribal feel to the scene. So, here's to Max: 'dente preto my brother!!!'"
Mille Petrozza (KREATOR):
"I've known Max since '85. He was my first penpal from Brazil. Back then his name was Max Possessed and his brother Igor drew a self-made SEPULTURA t-shirt for me. Max is still a good friend who hasn't changed a bit over the years. If we run into each other on festivals nowadays it's always cool and relaxed. Max is one of metal's most creative and down-to-earth characters. A living legend!"
Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST, NEUROTICA, UNHEARD):
"Max Cavalera is a fucking living legend, easily one of the most influential characters to ever play metal. When we first met years ago during the recording of 'Beneath the Remains', I was fortunate enough to work with him on a tune called 'Stronger Than Hate'. I wrote some lyrics, and helped him with his pronunciations, etc., because at that point he was not speaking English nearly as well as he does today. When I first heard the finished product, I was blown away at the quality of the music of SEPULTURA: they had great riffs, massive drumming, and it was quite memorable. I think since then, he has influenced many, many bands, and many in today's metal scene owe him a great deal of gratitude. I have maximum respect for Max, and all his work including SOULFLY. I tip my metal hat to you Max, you're a bad-ass mutherfucker!!!"
L.G. Petrov (ENTOMBED):
"Max and SEPULTURA were the ones that opened the doors for many bands from South America, and they got the rest of the world's attention with their full on thrash metal! I love Max's aggressive and energetic vocals. Personally he is one of my favorite singers of all time."
David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL):
"I've always had good thoughts of Max. I'm not only a contemporary and a friend, but also a fan. From SEPULTURA's 'Morbid Vision' death metal days to the innovation of SOULFLY, Max forged a path that in my opinion has given tremendously to the world of music. His early successes helped introduce the world to many new Brazilian artists who may not have had the same opportunities previously. I've seen the 'drink 'till you drop' days of the early 1990s and now the balanced, spiritual plateau he has achieved today, and Max remains a true star. From myself and the rest of MORBID ANGEL: 'Obrigado meu Amigo'!"
The Family Values show tonight (July 29th) will not be featuring Hellyeah as their bus has broken down and are unable to get there otherwise.
Andre Mihsin from Canada's Chart Attack has posted this report:
After the murder of his brother, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Vinnie Paul Abbott took a break from making music. But he has finally returned with HELLYEAH, a band that includes Abbott on drums along with DAMAGEPLAN bassist Bob Zilla, vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from MUDVAYNE and guitarist Tom Maxwell from NOTHINGFACE. After such a long time away from the music scene, there was a lot of catching up to do with Abbott's new project, his Big Vin Records label and the relationship with his former PANTERA band mates.
Chart Attack: Did you guys make a conscious decision to make a more straight-up rock record as opposed to a heavy record like DAMAGEPLAN or PANTERA?
Vinnie Paul: "The two most important things to me for this record were I wanted everything to have a really kick-ass groove to it that you can tap your foot to or bang your head or mosh to or whatever and have really great songs - songs that people will remember."
Chart Attack: You have a lot of friends from Zakk Wylde to David Allan Coe that you could have worked with. Did you approach anyone about forming a band?
Vinnie Paul: "I decided it was something that was going to have to fall in my lap. It wasn't something that I was going to go searching for. I was really content at the time working on my record label. We had just released the Rebel Meets Rebel and the Dimevision when the [MUDVAYNE] guys called me."
Chart Attack: Even back in the PANTERA days you were always involved in the production aspect of the record. Is producing a record without being in the band something you would want to try?
Vinnie Paul: "I've thought about it, but I still love touring and I still love being out on the road. I missed it quite a bit during the time period I was away from it. So I feel like as long as I'm physically able to go do that, playing is always going to be a part of what I do."
Chart Attack: As the most experienced guy in the band you certainly add a level of leadership. However, is there anything you learned from working with the younger guys?
Vinnie Paul: "I think we always complemented each other quite well. It was really cool to see how well Chad and Greg worked together on his vocal performances. Everyone has different ideas and different techniques that they bring to the table so every time you go into the studio it's new and a different experience and you try to remember all the good things that you learned from it and pass on the things that didn't work and the ideas that were time-consuming and just go from there."
Chart Attack: Why did you guys decide to join the Family Values Tour?
Vinnie Paul: "They invited us to be a part of it. We wanted this band to play to as many people as possible. Going out doing a headliner as a brand new band is really tough, you only reach 500, 600, maybe 1,000 people a night, whereas being part of a big package tour like that there's an opportunity to play for anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 people a night. We really felt like this music was made for the masses and that's what we want to do is bring it to as many people as possible."
Chart Attack: Will you get involved in any other musical projects when the other HELLYEAH guys go back to their bands?
Vinnie Paul: "The main thing is I'm really going to listen to a lot of demos this summer while I'm out because I really am interested in signing a band or two to my label that I really feel has something new and different to offer and putting them out. When those guys get done touring for the MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE records, we'll get back together and do 'Hellyeah II' as soon as we can because everybody is really fired up about it, and they all come from great bands so we'll see where it goes from there."
Chart Attack: I heard that 'Hellyeah II' is already in the works.
Vinnie Paul: "We'll let that rumour fly around, but there's a lot of material there. We're videotaping and collecting everything that we're doing out on the road and we definitely feel like the kind of excitement and fun that goes along with this band that would definitely dictate us having a DVD. So I think that's the next thing you'll see from us."
Chart Attack: You mentioned your label, Big Vin Records. Do you have any upcoming releases?
Vinnie Paul: "The only thing that's really in the works is Dimevision II. We're looking for a fourth quarter release. I also got this comedian that I love called The Chinaman. I'm working on his DVD that we're going to get out pretty soon. That's where it kind of sits right now."
Chart Attack: Any unreleased DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA or Dimebag material?
Vinnie Paul: "I've got all the demos that me and Dime were working on before everything had happened, and we felt like it was some of the best music we'd ever written and we were really excited about it. We felt like it was going to get us back to a place of recognition like we were with PANTERA. I would think people would definitely want to hear that music and we'll get it out, but right now I'm really focused on HELLYEAH and seeing where this goes. And once this runs its course for this particular record then I'll look at some of those demos."
Chart Attack: What's HELLYEAH doing after Family Values?
Vinnie Paul: "We plan on staying out until the end of the year. The success of the band will dictate that. I'm hoping we finish strong on the Family Values Tour. At that point we'll go out and do another headlining run."
Chart Attack: I don't want to talk too much about the past because what needed to be said has already been said. But what I haven't heard anything about is your relationship with former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown. Do you still have relationship with him?
Vinnie Paul: "Not really. The bridges and the family and everything were destroyed back in 2001. It's kind of hard to have any reason to want to speak to either one of those guys [Rex and former PANTERA vocalist Phil Anselmo]. I just leave it at that. I'm moving on with my life and I'm sure they're moving on with theirs and that's how that's going to be."
The following message has been posted on Hellyeah's Myspace:
"Due to a family matter, HELLYEAH regrets their upcoming show tomorrow, Friday, July 13 at Stoneys in Reno has been postponed. Please hold on to your tickets as an announcement concerning rescheduling will be made by end of day Friday. HELLYEAH apologizes to their fans for any inconvenience this rescheduling may have caused.
HELLYEAH will resume their headline tour on Saturday, July 14 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and Monday, July 16 at House of Blues in San Diego, prior to joining Family Values on Friday, July 20."
Professionally filmed video footage of HELLYEAH's June 9, 2007 performance at the Download festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England has been posted at YouTube:
"Matter of Time": Video
"Stone Cold Crazy" (QUEEN cover): Video
"Alcohaulin' Ass": Video
"You Wouldn't Know": Video
High-quality photos of HELLYEAH's June 5, 2007 performance at the Pavilion in Corpus Christi, Texas have been posted online at Tomorrow's Productions web site.
HELLYEAH is touring in support of its self-titled debut album, which has sold 116,000 copies in the United States since its April 10 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
HELLYEAH's first official live performance took place on May 20 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.
Australia's X-Press Online recently conducted an interview with Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
"We wanted to bring the personality of the members out in the music. There are so many bands out there right now where everything's serious and completely political and anti-human. And we didn't want to be that band. We grew up with bands like AC/DC — it's about having a good time and letting your hair down and not listening to the preacher tonight."
On former bassist Jerry Montano's recent sacking, which is rumored to have been a result of letting his hair down a bit too far recently (read: being thrown out of a club after punching guitarist Tom Maxwell then threatening to return with a gun):
"I'm not going to get into it but it was definitely bizarre how it went down. But we just kind of moved past it, we had to do the right thing and Jerry understood that — and that was where it was amicable. You've always got to keep moving forward (Damageplan's Bob Zilla now plays bass) and I mean we're very passionate about this. We don't look at it as a side band, we look at this as another band that we all play."
On how Hellyeah's music has given him a sense of freedom:
"I'm an artist in many areas and I can exercise the demons from my past and I can speak out on things that bother me. It's a very freeing experience to go and put down songs and to be able to re-live it every day. Sometimes that can be painful though if you write about the wrong thing. . . Sometimes you’re like, 'Oh, I'm glad I got that off my chest,' but the next thing you know you're singing it and re-living that experience every single day. It kind of freaks you out.
"In the beginning of Mudvayne I really wore my life on my sleeve to the point where you could go through there and see some of the stuff I've been through. I still do that to a certain point."
Hellyah are among the artists featured on the "Madden NFL 08" 29-song soundtrack, according to MTV.com, and are featured with the likes of Shadows Fall, Ozzy, and Atreyu. The game is expected to ship on Aug. 14.
Simon Milburn of The Metal Forge recently conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (Hellyeah, ex-Pantera, Damageplan). A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On the chemistry in Hellyeah:
"Oh, I think the thing that really made this band click from the start was the fact that everybody came into it with no egos. We really left all that behind and everybody came into it with a lot of mutual respect for each other for what we've all done with our previous bands. The main focus that we've all said from day one was that this has got to be fun or we shouldn't even be doing it. I think that really came through in the music, and it's something that really sparked the whole thing."
On Hellyeah's sound:
"i think it just developed (its own sound). It took on a life of its own. I don't think we had to focus on that at all. I think it really does sound like its own band and its own entity. It wasn't anything that we really had to strive for. Everybody brought what they do to the table and we put it all together to make the new sound."
On how Hellyeah's self-titled album has been received:
"i think it's really, really, really struck a nerve with the fans. We're over 125,000 units here in the States, we debuted at number 9 on Billboard, our record is at number three at rock radio, so it's really, man, taken on a great life of its own. The fans have really embraced it. The shows that we've done so far have been a total blast. I had no idea that they were gonna come out and chant ?Hellyeah!' every night before the show. We just got back from England. We played this huge, er, I guess they call it Donington Download festival now, over 100,000 people and the fans over there treated us absolutely fantastic. I know we're gonna have a great time in Australia and New Zealand as well. . . I think all of us in the band really believe that it was something special and something that could go a long way, but it definitely impressed Epic Records and other people that are a part of it. They really thought that we were gonna be lucky to move 20,000 units in that first week and we moved 46,000. So we really way out did their expectations, so that was a nice feeling for sure."
On whether he had any hesitation about taking the stage again each night:
"Nah, man. I love playing, I love the audience reaction, I love the feeling of being on stage ? that's something that I'm so comfortable with. Like I said, the thing that happened on December 8 has never happened in the history of music and I pray that it never happens again to anybody. I just think that security at most venues is definitely better now and I feel comfortable up there playing."
On Hellyeah's next release:
"We're working on our first Dvd right now. We're recording all the live shows and all the crazy antics that go on back stage. So probably around the end of the year, Christmas time, we'll have our first Dvd ready for release. Then, we've got this Family Values Tour lined up that we're gonna be a part of all summer long, that's with Korn and several other bands, so we got our plate full right now, man. We're gonna go, go, go and when it comes time for us to take a break, Mudvayne will get back to doing their thing, and two years from now, we'll all get back together and do Hellyeah part two."
Tune into this week's Headbangers Ball, which airs at 11pm EST, Saturday night on MTV2, to watch videos from Machine Head, Trivium, and more captivating interview segments provided by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. Here's the complete video playlist:
HellYeah - You Wouldn't Know
Pantera - Cemetary Gates
Job For A Cowboy - Embedded
Mastodon - Blood And Thunder
Kamelot - Ghost Opera (debut)
Anthrax - Caught In A Mosh
Black Label Society - In This River (From Dimebag Darrell 2007 Rock Walk Induction)
Alice In Chains - Sea Of Sorrow
Trivium - The Rising
Damageplan - Explode
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
Clutch - Electric Worry
Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
Black Sabbath - Neon Knights
Diecast - Fade Away
Death Before Dishonor - Break Through It All
Mudvayne - Happy
Alabama Thunderpussy - Words of A Dying Man
Amon Amarth - Cry of The Black Birds
Gojira - To Sirius
Hellyeah have lined up some more headlining tour dates. They include:
July 06th Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
July 07th Cedar Rapids, IA - Woody's Show Club
July 09th Blackfoot, ID - El Ray Events Center
July 10th Boise, ID - The Big Easy
July 11th Spokane, WA - The Big Easy
July 13th Reno, NV - Stoney's
July 14th Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
July 16th San Diego, CA - House of Blues