HELLYEAH Guitarist Tom Maxwell Launches New Lifestyle Brand BlackGoatWear

HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell and his friends Tim Buchenroth and Luke Fletcher have launched a new lifestyle brand called BlackGoatWear. The company sells a number of items including clothing, shadow boxes, self-care items, gourmet spice rubs, hot sauces, comic prints, and more.

Here’s an official press release:

“The pandemic that has gripped and enveloped the world for the past year-plus has actually birthed lots of creativity and allowed artists to further execute their unique visions in other spaces. The time in quarantine has not been for naught. It has fostered ideas and encouraged art. New lifestyle company Blackgoatwear is one such positive product of the pandemic.

During the lockdown, Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell and his friends, Tim Buchenroth and Luke Fletcher, came up with an idea for a boutique-style merch company that leaned into the darker side of life — in terms of its imagery and aesthetics. The trio wanted to create not only wearables but also one-a-kind pieces, like shadow boxes and self-care items like handmade, all-natural soaps, as well as gourmet spice rubs and hot sauces, along with original comic prints, custom glass pieces, and more. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to Blackgoatwear’s carefully curated and highly edited offerings.

Imagine if Etsy and Deviant Art procreated, without the constraints of typical e-commerce and with a passion for the mysterious, the mystical, the paranormal, the occult, and the “What Ifs” that define life as we know it. That’s Blackgoatwear. It’s truly a creepy and cool endeavor, one that is bound to connect with hard rock, metal, industrial, and goth music fans — and more.

If you can never quite find what you are looking for and have an appreciation for this style and aesthetic, then Blackgoatwear will be your new favorite brand. If you love being asked, “Oh my god, where did you get that?” when people visit your home or when sizing up your attire, or if you simply have a hankering for custom, one-a-kind, and totally different decor and that you can’t get at the local big box retailer, then Blackgoatwear is decidedly for you.

The company’s focus will be on craftsmanship as much as it will be about customer service, with the goal of offering shoppers unique pieces of art that they will be proud to wear, display, and use at their dark dinner parties.

Blackgoatwear will officially launch on Monday, September 6. To celebrate the kickoff and a, well, bright future, the brand will be offering its new fans and followers the chance to win one free Dean Guitar, along with a bottle of custom Forbidden Fruit Spicy Gourmet sauce, and a t-shirt. To enter the sweepstakes, simply submit your email address here. No purchase necessary.”

Roy Mayorga On HELLYEAH: “Those Guys Are On Hiatus For Right Now”

Current HELLYEAH touring drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) recently offered an update on the band during an appearance on “The New York Hardcore Chronicles Live!” series. He said the following when asked if the group are still active:

“Not right now, ’cause [HELLYEAH singer] Chad [Gray] is on his way to go do [the] MUDVAYNE [reunion shows]. So those guys are on hiatus for right now.”

Late Pantera And HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul Honored With Commemorative Signature Snare Drum

ddrum have paid tribute to the late Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, HELLYEAH) with a limited edition commemorative snare drum. The drum is limited to 250 pieces worldwide and it can be found at authorized ddrum dealers.

The following was said about the snare on ddrum.com:

“Large and in charge, the Vinnie Paul signature snare takes a maple wood snare to its tonal extreme. Crafted from 8 plies of North American maple, this snare delivers a thunderous punch to the chest, with a high caliber crack on top. 10 double sided turret lugs combined with the die cast hoops to add tuning stability and provide a solid rim shot sound. Available for its initial run in a special Delmar dragon wrap with chrome shell hardware to complement and enhance any finish kit to which it is added. Premium carrying case completes this heavy hitting package.”

The following product details were also shared:

  • 8×14 8 ply North American Maple shell
  • Diecast hoops
  • Special Vinnie Paul Dragon wrap made by Delmar
  • 10 double sided ddrum turret lugs
  • Special synthetic leather bag included
  • 45 degree inner and 30 degree outer bearing ege with slight round over
  • Evans drum heads included
  • Premium snare throw off

Abbott’s longtime drum tech Patrick King commented:

“I’ve spent years working on these snares for Vinnie. This snare resonates on so many levels with me. It rings in my ears (literally and figuratively) and through my core. This snare is not just a snare. It’s an extension of Vince. His sound. His heart. His legacy.”

GoFundMe Launched To Restore The Late Vinnie Paul’s Limo

SirusXM’s Jose Mangin was recently gifted a white 1997 Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine that was owned by the late Vinnie Paul Abbott. After receiving the vehicle from the legendary drummer’s estate, Mangin launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to restore it. Those that donate $33 will get their names engraved in the trunk.

Mangin commented:

“I recently inherited Vinnie Paul’s 1997 Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine.

WTF?!

I know right.

That’s exactly what went through my head when I got the call telling me that Vinnie’s estate decided that I would be the honorable recipient to take on this legendary vehicle. They knew that I would love it, care for it, respect it as a “Pantera museum on wheels,” and bring it roaring back to life.

So many celebrities, family, friends, strippers, politicians and more have been inside this limo. Marilyn Manson famously did donuts outside Vinnie’s “Clubhouse” one time. Vinnie used to drive it to go shopping, drive-through restaurants, and of course to party ALL THE TIME.

I had the honor of partying in it back in 2008 in Dallas, and Vinnie played me some HELLYEAH demos out of his monstrous sound system. I remember my insides were vibrating so hard from the intense volume and kick from those speakers, goddamn!?

Now all these years later, I find myself in a very extraordinary situation, one that I would never imagine. Being the proud new owner of Vinnie Paul’s limousine?!

Vinnie wanted to restore this limo while he was alive, but it cost way too much. He even contacted a known TV show to help him pimp it out, but they wanted a ton of money to fix it up. It needs a SHIT TON of work.

Getting the limo to California from Vegas has burned a hole through my wallet, along with other expenses that barely got this beast rolling. It’s gonna take a lot to get this on the road again.

I need to pay for engine work, body work, paint, transmission, power window/trunk motors, stereo/visual equipment (super important!), tires, wheels, brakes, lights, interior seats/carpet, vinyl roofing, front windshield, sun roof, detailing, registration, insurance, storage, and more costs that I have no idea that will undoubtedly happen.

I need your help please. Here’s where YOU come in.

Every dollar donated will go to complete the restoration of the limo that I inherited from my idol Vinnie Paul.

If you donate $33 or up you’ll get your name engraved on the inside of the trunk. It could be your name, your band name, your organization, your company, your pet’s name, or anything you want. Whatever it is, it’ll be forever immortalized on this iconic piece of rock history.

Throughout the limo pimping out process we’ll be updating this page and our socials with cool videos and exclusive content.

I can’t do ANY of this without your help.

Massive THANX to my brother Sonny Guillen for this great idea after hearing me stress out about how I was going to pay for this stuff. He convinced me to do this, and I appreciate his assistance in helping me to run and manage this.

We know that this is an extremely difficult time, and we’re not asking you to hurt your bank account, or not pay a bill because of this. But if you can donate to help get this piece of Heavy Metal history back on the road again, AND get your name engraved inside the “Pantera limo,” well then, it’s a win-win for ALL!

Hope you are healthy and safe, and THANK YOU for considering, maybe for donating, but mostly for loving Heavy Metal, and the music Vinnie left behind!

Peace in a celebrated cloud of music…

Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin”

Tom Maxwell: “I Don’t Even Know If I Wanna Make Another HELLYEAH Record Without” Vinnie Paul

During an appearance on Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle’s “The Ex-Man” podcast, HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell discussed the possibility of recording a follow up to the band’s latest album “Welcome Home.” However, the guitarist said that he is unsure if he will ever want to record new music without late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.

Maxwell said the following:

“When he died — I’m not gonna lie — my passion, my love affair died as well with him.

I don’t even know if there’s gonna ever be another HELLYEAH record. I don’t even know if I wanna make another HELLYEAH record without him.

I’m at a point right now where I’ve done some amazing shit with some amazing people and I’ve released a lot of great records. And I’ve found success in those — more elsewhere than others.

Like I said, my love affair has kind of been cockblocked a little bit. I don’t find a need or a necessity to continue without Vince.”

He also added:

“Vin passed, and we did two tours, and it didn’t feel right, even though we had Roy, who’s a brother. There’s a lot of shows where I felt I was just phoning in my presence — I wasn’t there.

I don’t know if I even wanna do another HELLYEAH record. I just don’t have the emotional need and drive.

I feel personally, as Tom Maxwell — I’m not speaking for anybody else at all — but I don’t know what I wanna do. I write songs all the time, and I write ’em for me, like I always did.

I don’t see myself doing another HELLYEAH record; I really don’t.”

Despite this, Maxwell still isn’t ruling out the possibility of a new project:

“I would love to get into something new, ’cause I have a lot of songs and I have a lot of music left in me that I’d probably wanna get out there, but I don’t see it happening with what I have at my disposal right now. I need a breath of air, a new lung.

I would need motherfucking players, for me to even have any interest in getting into a studio with everybody. I need motherfuckers.

For my own sanity, I need to write, I need to fucking play songs. But with who and for who, I don’t know. It’s gotta be the right thing. I need to feel like I’m with guys that are likeminded — not green motherfuckers.

I’m not a kid. Doing music and being in a band and being in an explosive band is a young man’s world. And for me to be productive, I need to be with other productive motherfuckers that have juice. I have juice, but do the other people with me have juice? And if they don’t have juice, I’m totally cool with not having juice and being home.

I’m not throwing in the towel — nothing like that — and I’m not saying that I’m fucking done with shit. But what I am saying is it’s gonna take something… For me to fucking leave my house, it’s gonna take guys, gals, aliens — I don’t give a fuck — with a vision and something special about it.

So, moving forward, if something new were to come along, it would have to be something that is real and honest and transparent and fucking badass.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Cutout Of The Late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) Featured In The Stands Of Texas Rangers Games

A cutout of the late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) can be seen in the stands during the Texas Rangers’ home games at Globe Live Park in Arlington, TX . You can watch a video report on the cool tribute below:

HELLYEAH, All That Remains, Butcher Babies, Etc. Tour Cancelled

HELLYEAH have officially cancelled their tour with All That Remains, Butcher Babies, Saul, and Deepfall due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band were previously hoping to reschedule, but they were unable to do so. HELLYEAH issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, with the complications across the country, We (Hellyeah) have been forced to cancel our upcoming tour. Refunds can be made at your original point of purchase. While it is beyond disappointing not to see you all on this upcoming tour, we are looking forward to getting back out and seeing you all once we can all safely return to live shows. be well, stay safe… HY”

Vinnie Paul’s “Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul” Cookbook To Receive Posthumous Release

Prior to his death, Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) was working on a new cookbook called “Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul” and now it appears that it will still be released. The drummer’s longtime girlfriend Chelsey Yeager told Metal Pulp And Paper the following:

“[Vinnie’s] cookbook that he titled ‘Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul’ is in the works. There are over 120 recipes that are saved and pictures to follow that will be in the cookbook as well. Not sure on an exact date when it will be finished.”

[via Blabbermouth]

HELLYEAH, All That Remains, Butcher Babies, Etc. Tour Postponed

HELLYEAH, All That Remains, Butcher Babies, Saul, and Deepfall’s spring tour has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Butcher Babies recently confirmed the news:

“As we all know, ALL spring-time tours have been affected by the recent news and state of our world. We know you’re itching for a show to bang your head at and we’re itching to get back out on the road once this all blows over. Our upcoming tour dates with Hellyeah & All That Remains are NOT cancelled — just postponed. Stay tuned for all the rescheduled dates! More importantly, stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside god damn it! 🤘😘🤘”