During a recent appearance on Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ’s “Drinks With Johnny,” HELLYEAH frontman Chad Gray discussed the possibility of releasing new music with the band. Notably, the group still have about “two or three songs” featuring the late Vinnie Paul’s drumming.
Gray said the following:
“When we lost Vinnie, I was just thinking about, ‘We have to do the same thing that we did for Dime for Vinnie now. We have to keep going to keep carrying the flag for Vince.’ It’s been tough. And I’ve talked to Tom [Maxwell] a little bit, I’ve talked to members and shit like that, and we’ve talked about to keep writing some music. We don’t know what the touring plans would be ever — maybe ever again — but we could still release music. And there’s actually — I think there are, like, two or three songs that Vinnie actually tracked drums to that we didn’t end up [finishing] for whatever reason. So there is a potential for us to write maybe a couple of more songs with Vinnie’s drums added on.”
He also commented on recruiting drummer Roy Mayorga:
“HELLYEAH was obviously an emotional situation, although I don’t think we could have gotten a better drummer to fill in than Roy Mayorga. He’s fucking phenomenal and he’s just such a genuinely kind and sweet person. And anybody who knew Vinnie, he was very warm, very giving, very loving, very just fucking cool and fun. And that was what Roy was. So Roy, for us, was a round peg, round hole. But it was still emotional… But you feel like you’ve gotta embrace your brothers and continue on for yourselves and for your fans. That’s what I felt like we had to do, because Vinnie was so much of a supporter or music — all levels of music.”
Gray also added that he thinks about Vinnie Paul all the time:
“I think about him and Dime. And it’s kind of what sucked about just everything being pulled back with HELLYEAH. And that’s kind of where the MUDVAYNE [reunion] came from too — we just kind of felt like everybody was emotionally exhausted from going out and trying to carry the flag for Vin and doing the ‘Celebration Of Life’ tours. We did two legs of that. But it was highly fucking emotional, man.”