HELLYEAH‘s official music video for “Welcome Home”, the title track of its sixth studio album, can be seen below. The clip was directed by William “Wombat” Felch and Sebastien Paquet.
“Welcome Home” will be released on September 27. The disc contains the final recordings by late HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died in June 2018 after laying down his drum tracks for the LP.
HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray and guitarist Christian Brady told Kilpop in a new interview how it felt to play live again last weekend, nearly a year after Vinnie Paul‘s death.
Brady remarked: “Why don’t you just take all of the emotions that you think someone can feel, and that’s where we’re at right now… We’re happy and excited to play together again, happy and excited to be on stage together again, terrified to be on stage together without our fucking brother, even though we know he’s here [in spirit].”
HELLYEAH played its first show since Vinnie‘s passing last Saturday (May 11) in Las Vegas, with STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga making his debut as the former PANTERA drummer’s replacement.
Gray said about Mayorga‘s involvement: “He’s been rehearsing six hours a day for a month and a half… He’s just helping us carry this torch for Vin. And that’s his job. He’s such a brother, though, man — he’s such a beautiful human being. We had a very short list of people, and it was just, like, nobody can sit on that kit that didn’t respect who Vinnie Paul [was] and vice versa. And we nailed it.”
HELLYEAH will kick off an 18-city headlining tour on July 23 in Atlanta and wrap it up on August 17 with a “special celebration” in Dallas, the area where Vinnie and his late brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, spent their formative years.
Bassist Kyle Sanders stated: “While Vinnie Paul is obviously irreplaceable, one thing we can’t not do is tour. As easy as it would be to say we’re not going on the road, we have to. Vinnie would be extremely disappointed in us if we didn’t promote this record properly. He’d be pissed off at all of us… and we know that.”