The upcoming release of Hellyeah’s sixth studio album, ‘Welcome Home,’ has been preceded by the official music video for the song “Oh My God.” The video can be seen in the link below. ‘Welcome Home’ will be released on September 27.
The new album will be memorable for the fact that it will contain the final recordings by late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died in June 2018. Like the previous albums, 2016’s ‘Unden!able’ and 2014’s ‘Blood For Blood,’ the new disc was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.
Hellyeah played a live show in Vegas on May 11th, and singer Chad Gray and guitarist Christian Brady spoke about how it felt to play without Vinnie Paul. Brady said, “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 brother, even though we know he’s here [in spirit].” Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga made his debut as Abbot’s replacement.
Gray elaborated on Mayorga’s involvement: “He’s just helping us carry this torch for Vin. And that’s his job. He’s such a brother, a beautiful human being. We had a very short list of people, and nobody can sit on that kit that didn’t respect who Vinnie Paul [was] and vice versa. And we nailed it.”
Bassist Kyle Sanders said, “While Vinnie Paul is obviously irreplaceable, 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.”
Hellyeah’s new tour, and 18-city headlining event, will begin on July 23 in Atlanta with a “special celebration” in Dallas, where Vinnie and his late brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, spent many years.
Vinnie Paul died in June 2018 of an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle.