HELLYEAH will release its sixth studio album, "Welcome Home", on Friday, September 27 via Eleven Seven Music. The official music video for the disc's title track will be made available on Friday, May 17.
HELLYEAH played an emotional sold-out concert on Saturday, May 11 celebrating the life of its late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The show, which began with an emotional procession by the Las Vegas Golden Knights DrumBots, and a live painting by renowned fine-artist Rob Prior, marked the first time the band has taken the stage since Vinnie's passing and the debut of STONE SOUR member Roy Mayorga as Vinnie's replacement. In a poignant moment during the set, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes presented the band with an official proclamation from the Clark County Board of Commissioners declaring May 11th, 2019 as "Vinnie Paul Day" for his incomparable role as a musician, and helping make the entertainment industry in the city of Las Vegas what it is today. A portion of the proceeds from the sold-out show, were donated to the American Heart Association in honor of Vinnie Paul.
"Welcome Home", the eagerly anticipated new album featuring the late Vinnie Paul's final recordings, will contain 10 tracks, driven by their love, loyalty, reverence and respect for their fallen brother, including the first fiery song "333", recently released.
As bassist Kyle Sanders so succinctly 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 for putting all this work into finishing the record and then just letting it sit there on the shelf while we put a couple of songs to radio and whatever… and we know that."
HELLYEAH's 18-city headlining summer outing will kick off on Tuesday, July 23 in Atlanta, and will culminate in a special celebration on Saturday, August 17 in Dallas, Texas.
Tickets with VIP packages are available for purchase beginning Tuesday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. local time. Fan club pre-sales begin on Tuesday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. local time. On-sale to the general public begins Friday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. local time. In honor of Vinnie Paul, HELLYEAH will donate $1 from each ticket sold on the tour to the American Heart Association.
HELLYEAH 2019 tour dates:
Jul. 23 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
Jul. 24 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Jul. 26 - Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
Jul. 27 - Inwood, WV - Shiley Acres
Jul. 28 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Jul. 30 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
Jul. 31 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Aug. 01 - Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Distillery
Aug. 03 - Denver, CO - Summit
Aug. 04 - Sturgis, SD - Iron Horse Saloon
Aug. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Aug. 08 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Aug. 10 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Aug. 11 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
Aug. 13 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Aug. 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Aug. 16 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Aug. 17 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Mayorga's addition to HELLYEAH was made official on May 6. At the time, the band said Roy was the perfect guy to take Vinnie Paul's place. "These men had so much love and mutual respect for each other, this makes our transition so much easier," HELLYEAH said in a statement.
Mayorga previously played with Sanders in MEDICATION, the early 2000s outfit which also featured guitarist Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD) and singer Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE).
Vinnie Paul died last June of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn't pump blood as well as a healthy heart.
Not long before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for "Welcome Home".
Like the last two records, 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.
Photo credit: William Felch