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.
In other news, 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.
"Fire It Up" tour dates:
May 20 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
May 22 - Louisville, KY @ Expo 5
May 23 - Peoria, IL @ East Peoria Convention Center
May 25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 26 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 27 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater
May 29 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 30 - Omaha, NE @ Sokel Auditorium
Jun. 01 - Wichita, KS @ Cotillion
Jun. 02 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
Jun. 03 - Lubbock, TX @ Southbeach
Jun. 05 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Pavilion
All tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 21 (except Cleveland, which goes on sale on Friday, April 20).
HELLYEAH will take part in this summer's Family Values Tour. The official announcement was made March 26 via VirtualKorn.MTV.com. Also taking part in the tour are EVANESCENCE, ATREYU, TRIVIUM and FLYLEAF, alongside headliners KORN.
HELLYEAH's self-titled debut album has sold just under 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.
A three-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH's "You Wouldn't Know" video has been posted at YouTube. The clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Dallas, Texas stripclub owned by Vinnie Paul Abbott. The finished "You Wouldn't Know" video is available for viewing at this location.