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.”