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

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Vinnie Paul Talks About Former Bandmates

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."

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Hellyeah Postpone Reno Show

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."

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Hellyeah's Download Set Available To Watch Online

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:

"Hellyeah": Video
"Matter of Time": Video
"Goddamn": 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.

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Hellyeah Frontman Speaks of Bassist Sacking

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.

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Hellyeah Filming Footage For First DVD

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."

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View Tonight's Headbangers Ball Lineup

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

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HellYeah Plan More Headlining Tour Dates

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

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HellYeah Announce Aussie/New Zealand Dates

Hellyeah have booked the following Australian/New Zealand dates:

June 27th Auckland, NZ - Powerstation
June 29th Brisbane, AUS - The Arena
June 30th Sydney, AUS - UNSW Roundhouse
July 01st Melbourne, AUS - The Venue
July 03rd Perth, AUS - Metropolis Fremantle

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Reasons For Montano's Hellyeah Ousting Revealed

According to TheMetalDen.com, Hellyeah bassist Jerry Montano was ousted from the band after he punched guitarist Tom Maxwell in the face, was ejected from the club, and said "I am going to go get a gun, come back and shoot everyone!" while intoxicated following their CD release show at The Clubhouse in Dallas, TX.

As previously reported, former Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha was recently confirmed as Montano's replacement.

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Damageplan Bassist Bob "Zilla" Joins HellYeah

Despite previous denials by the band, former DAMAGEPLAN bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha has officially replaced Jerry Montano in HELLYEAH for the band's upcoming tour dates. HELLYEAH begins their tour schedule this Sunday, May 20, 2007 in Baltimore.

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Hellyeah Put "Alcohaulin Ass" Acoustic Online

Hellyeah have made the acoustic version of their track "Alcohaulin' Ass" available online here. The song is a bonus track included exclusively on copies of the groups self-titled album purchased at Best Buy stores.

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Thirteen More Bands Added To Download Festival

Thirteen more bands have now been announced for the UK's Download Festival. The Download 2007 line-up is now as follows:

Friday 8 June

Main Stage:
My Chemical Romance
Velvet Revolver
Zico Chain

2nd Stage:
Enter Shikari
Porcupine Tree
From Autumn To Ashes
Ill Nino

3rd Stage:
Suicidal Tendencies
Hayseed Dixie
Job For A Cowboy
The Hedrons
The Higher
I Was A Cub Scout
This Et Al
Drive By Argument

Saturday 9 June

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HellYeah Deny Reports Of New Bassist

Hellyeah have denied yesterdays report of the addition of former Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha to their line-up. The band parted ways with original bassist Jerry Montano in mid-late April.

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Jasta To Host Dimebag Darrell Black Tooth Bash

Hatebreed front man, Jamey Jasta, will be hosting this year’s Dimebag Darrell Black Tooth Bash on May 17, 2007 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Featuring a slough of guest performances, Dimebag’s Black Tooth Bash will be an all-star event, with all proceeds going to the Little Kids Rock foundation, Dimebag Darrell’s charity of choice. The Black Tooth Bash will include mash up performances by the Black Tooth Band, featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott, Scott Ian, John 5, Matt Byrne (Hatebreed), Ripper Owens, David Draiman (Disturbed), Bob Zilla (Damageplan) Dave Navarro, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and many more. The Black Tooth Band will cover material from Dimebag’s many projects – including Pantera classics. Jamey will close the night by performing as part of the Black Tooth Band and will be hosting the entire tribute event.

Jasta will also be introducing a special performance by the L.A. division of The Little Kids Rock Foundation, showing the fruits of the foundation’s labors. The Black Tooth Bash is an apropos tribute to Dimebag’s impact on metal and his ardent dedication to bringing the arts to children. In support of the Black Tooth Bash, Coffin Case, Seymour Duncan, Dean Guitars, Schecter Guitars, EMG Pickups and GHS Strings have jumped on as the evening’s sponsors.

Preceding the Black Tooth Bash is the Six String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute auction, where over 60 hand-painted Dean guitars (painted by celebrities and famous tattoo artists) will be auctioned off. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Little Kids Rock Foundation, helping bring music programs to public schools throughout the US. Fittingly, Dimebag will also be inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk at noon the same day, establishing his timeless impact on the rock and metal world.

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HellYeah Post Video of CD Release Party Online

On April 10, Weblo.com was the exclusive host for HELLYEAH's CD-release party, which took place at The Clubhouse in Dallas, Texas. View the footage online at this location.

HELLYEAH will launch the "Fire It Up" tour on May 20 in Baltimore before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year's Download festival. The band also hit the road on this summer's Family Values Tour. Also taking part in the trek are EVANESCENCE, ATREYU, TRIVIUM and FLYLEAF, alongside headliners KORN.

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HellYeah Part Ways With Bassist

HELLYEAH, the new band featuring former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, has parted ways with bassist Jerry Montano (NOTHINGFACE, DANZIG). His replacement will be announced shortly.

As previously reported, HELLYEAH will launch the "Fire It Up" tour on May 20 in Baltimore before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year's Download festival. More...

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HellYeah Confirm US Tour Dates And Download Fest

HellYeah have confirmed a batch of US tour dates as well as an appearance at the UK's Download festival. The current HellYeah tour dates are as follows:

May 20 2007 (8:00P) Rams Head Live Baltimore, Maryland
May 22 2007 (8:00P) Expo 5 Louisville, Kentucky
May 23 2007 (8:00P) East Peoria Convention Center Peoria, Illinois
May 25 2007 (8:00P) House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio
May 26 2007 (8:00P) Orbit Room Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 27 2007 (8:00P) Barrymore Theater Madison, Wisconsin
May 29 2007 (8:00P) Fillmore Auditorium Denver, Colorado
May 30 2007 (8:00P) Sokel Omaha, Nebraska
Jun 1 2007 (8:00P) Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
Jun 2 2007 (8:00P) Cains Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jun 3 2007 (8:00P) Southbeach Lubbock, Texas
Jun 5 2007 (8:00P) Pavilion Corpus Christi, Texas
Jun 9 2007 (8:00P) DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Donington

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Vinnie Paul And Chad Gray Further Discuss HellYeah

HELLYEAH! drummer Vinnie Paul has released a short video message for fans at this location.

The legendary Pantera sticksman said that he saw the band as a continuation of the music he had always strived to make with his late brother Dimebag Darrell.

"I was playing with people that I'd never played with before. I knew that if I'd ended up comparing them to Dime, it would never live up to my expectations.

"But I did it the right way, man. I just took it for what it was, and once we started playing, all of the ominous feelings that was there when we first came in went away."

Regarding the band’s name, singer Chad Grey of Mudvayne said, "It's rebellious. It means late teens, keggers and chicks and AC/DC and METALLICA. That's what I think when I hear these songs. It's a very youth- ful, making-bad-decisions-and-learning-from-them record. To me, it's summertime when I was 19 years old."

"The other night we were at the SALIVA show, and the singer said, 'Can I get a Hellyeah?' And I'm like 'Thanks for promoting my band, brother!' "

"All of these rock singers are gonna have to come up with something else to ask the crowd now, 'cause we done coined it. It's ours. We own it now."

Last night saw HELLYEAH! broadcast their album launch party live on their website. The band’s first video for single ‘You Wouldn’t Know’ can be seen here.

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Abbott Says Hellyeah "Felt Like The Right Thing"

Launch Radio Networks reports: HELLYEAH releases its self-titled debut disc on Tuesday (April 10), featuring a new all-star collaboration between members of PANTERA, MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul was initially hesitant about joining the new project, but told Launch that NOTHINGFACE bassist Jerry Montano helped push him over the edge. "He just kept insisting, you know," he said. "He just called me seven or eight times. He's like, 'Dude, you gotta do this, you gotta be the drummer, man,'and finally one night he caught me when I'd been drinking and listening to some kick-ass music, and it just dawned on me. I just said, 'You know what? Let's give this thing a shot, you know.'And the next day I got on the phone with all the guys, and I just loved everybody's attitude. Everybody was so gung-ho about doing this thing, nobody had any ego, and it just really felt like the right thing to do. So that's why I decided to become part of it."

HELLYEAH is the first group Paul has played in since DAMAGEPLAN, the band he formed with his brother and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott after the breakup of PANTERA. "Dimebag" was shot and killed by a disturbed gunman during a DAMAGEPLAN show in December of 2004.

In addition to Paul and Montano, HELLYEAH features NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell, MUDVAYNE guitarist Greg Tribbett and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray.

Chad Gray told Launch why he wanted to put it together in the first place. "I don't know, I think I always wanted another outlet besides MUDVAYNE," he said. "MUDVAYNE's pretty intricate, it's pretty technical, and there's, like, a lot of themes, and I just wanted to do a band that was all screaming and yelling and basically no singing — a band that I could really have fun on tour with. So I was just thinking, 'You know, we should just be insanely extreme and come out and just crush everything and have fun.'"

An exclusive version of HELLYEAH's album, featuring a bonus acoustic demo version of the song "Alcohaulin' Ass", is available at Best Buy.

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Hellyeah Helps Pantera's Paul Face The Music

Billboard.com reports: It took some doing to get Vinnie Paul into a band again. Nothingface bassist Jerry Montano approached the former Pantera and Damageplan drummer to be part of the all-star outfit Hellyeah several times before Paul -- still mourning the December 2004 onstage shooting of his brother, Dimebag Darrell, at a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio -- acquiesced.

"I've known Jerry forever," Paul tells Billboard.com, "and he started calling me and said, 'Dude, you've gotta be the drummer for this band.' And I was like, 'Man, I'm not sure if I'm ready to do this. I just started my own label (Big Vin Records)."

"But persistence pays off," Paul continues. "He kept calling and finally one night he got me when I'd been drinking and listening to music. And I said, 'This sounds like a great idea.' The next day I talked to everybody and loved everybody's attitude and said, 'What the f*ck. I'm in!'"

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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