HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell: “Whether There’s Ever Going To Be Another Record, I Don’t Know”

HELLYEAH will be releasing their final album with the late Vinnie Paul Abbott, “Welcome Home,” on September 27, but it is still unclear if it will be their last or not. Tom Maxwell recently opened up about the band moving forward without Abbott during an interview with Outburn and said “whether there’s ever going to be another record, [he doesn’t] know.”

Maxwell said the following about touring without Abbott:

“My love affair with touring and being a part of the whole grind has suffered greatly from losing him. If we are evolving more emotionally and just trying to take those steps to heal, we want to be able to get back out on tour and be excited about it. The tour we just finished was our first in two years. It was our first tour without Vince ever, and I was emotionally crippled.

I was almost vomiting every morning leading into it just because of my nerves, anxiety, and fear levels were at extreme heights. I think down the road if and when we ever do another record, it’s gonna be completely different. That’s going to be the big test. Vince is not gonna be there. I’m not going to go in there and write songs and have somebody go, ‘What would Vinnie play?’ It can’t be that way. It would have to be an evolvement.”

He also had the following to say about the various eras of the band:

“I look at this band as two parts now. The first part is us with the original lineup until the first record ‘HELLYEAH‘, the second record, ‘Stampede‘, and then the third record, ‘Band Of Brothers‘. That’s the first half of the band. I loved the first record, but I felt extremely detached from the second and third albums. The type of music we were playing wasn’t really my cup of tea. I think there’s good stuff.

There’s a couple of songs on those albums that get a hall pass from me, but I don’t think the band really became what we are now until our fourth album, ‘Blood For Blood, when we got our other guitar player, Christian [Brady] and our bass player, Kyle [Sanders]. I think that period was the biggest milestone catalyst. That’s really what I love about this band now. We’re writing and releasing the type of songs that I’ve always wanted to do with this band. We’ve become the band that I’ve always wanted us to become.

I think we’ve matured in a lot of ways. Not only musically, but also as people and as brothers. We started out wild, crazy, and alcohol fueled, not really giving a shit about tomorrow. We were just living in the moment. Over the years we’ve kind of pulled the reins back and really started tightening up everything. Now that Vince is gone, we really had to buckle down and pull ourselves and our emotions together to honor him and this record. That’s what our focus is right now.

We’re still very much brothers, but there’s a struggle there. We’re still trying to find our footing and trying to see if we can we can still do this without him. I mean, we know we can, but the emotional side of it is a big thing. I’m hoping that we can figure it out. I have faith that we will, but it’s going to be a long ride.”

Maxwell also talked about the band’s future:

“The only thing we’re focusing on right now is honoring this record, touring it, and honoring Vince with every show that we play. Kyle said it best, ‘Whatever doors the universe puts in front of us, we’re gonna have to go through, whether it’s good or bad.’ So, we’re just gonna have to see. I can’t really forward think that far ahead.

Whether there’s ever going to be another record, I don’t know. Would I like to do one? Sure. Am I ready to do one? No. It’s too early to say anything. We’re just gonna take this one day, one tour, one song at a time right now. We’re just lucky enough that we found somebody that is a brother who is going to be there to help us and step into that drum world and help us get through. There’s no way we could have done it with anyone else. It’s kind of cosmic.”

HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell Says His Hand Surgery Went “Perfectly”

As previously reported, HELLYEAH recently cancelled some shows so Tom Maxwell could undergo hand surgery. Now, the guitarist has since offered an update on the operation:

“Had my surgery today and it went perfectly. A few weeks of rehabilitation and I’ll be 100% for the November tour. Thank you Hellions/friends and family for all your support and understanding…big love to you all! 🤘🏻❤️🤘🏻- Maxwell”

HELLYEAH Cancel September Shows Due To Tom Maxwell’s Injured Finger

HELLYEAH have been forced to cancel their September dates due to Tom Maxwell’s worsening finger injury. The guitarist previously said he would be undergoing surgery after the shows, but his doctor has since advised him to stop performing until the procedure is done.

Maxwell commented:

“As previously announced, I was scheduled to have surgery following our last show at ‘Blue Ridge Rock Festival‘. My condition has worsened and my physician has advised me against performing again prior to surgery.

I was previously involved in a car accident and broke the middle finger on my left hand. I now suffer from trigger finger, a condition that causes my finger to lock. I received a series of cortisone shots to alleviate the problem, however, the cure rate is about 70%. Unfortunately, that procedure did not work in my case.

I am devastated that my finger has been very stiff and painful. We have been performing at our very best and the support of all those who have paid tribute to Vinnie Paul has really helped us recover from our loss. We will reschedule the headline shows. I’m really sorry we could not perform for you this time… But we will see you soon!

– Maxwell“

Here’s the cancelled dates:

09/06 Jacksonville, NC – The Tarheel
09/07 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
09/08 Concord, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival

This news comes as HELLYEAH are preparing to release their new album “Welcome Home” on September 27.

HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell To Undergo Hand Surgery

During a recent interview with 100.5 The KATT, HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell revealed that he will be undergoing surgery on his left hand in September. As a result, the band will most likely have to wait until November before they can continue touring in support of their new album “Welcome Home” (out September 27).

Maxwell said the following:

“I got in a car accident and broke my middle finger in my left hand. I keep getting trigger finger, which — it gets stuck. It’s really odd — an odd feeling. So I’ve got a series of cortisone shots, which the percentage of the cure rate from that is about 70 percent. Unfortunately, I didn’t fall into that. So now [ my doctor is] gonna go in and make a little incision and go in here and fix what’s not right.”

He also added the following about the timing being so close to the record’s release date:

“Better now than… I can’t keep getting these cortisone shots. You’re only allowed to have a certain amount. [My doctor] hooked me up last time before this [summer] tour. So I just have to get it done.”

Maxwell is expected to play the following dates with HELLYEAH before the surgery:

08/16 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
08/17 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
09/06 Jacksonville, NC – The Tarheel
09/07 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
09/08 Concord, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival

[via Blabbermouth]

HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell Pays Tribute To Vinnie Paul On The First Anniversary Of His Death

HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell has penned an open letter to his late bandmate Vinnie Paul. You can see what he had to say below. The legendary drummer passed away one year ago today (June 22).

Maxwell’s letter:

“Vince,

In the blink of an eye everything changed. I’m writing you this letter to tell you how much I miss and love you. Never could I have imagined you not being here with us anymore. There’s so much all of us lost when you left us. Your smile, your infectious laugh, your always steadfast care of all those around you. Everything has changed now.

Our family is just shards of what it used to be. It seemed like everyday was harder then the one before it. It’s hard just knowing that you’re not here to lift everyone up and make everything better with just the simplest things you always used to do. It’s hard waking up and trying to navigate thru such murky waters. We’re doing our best, some better then others, some not so much.

Grief is just love with no place to go and that’s how I feel sometimes. Our record is coming out soon and I know you would be hella proud of it. We’ve committed to represent the record and honor your memory and what you would have wanted us to do. But it’s not easy. Passions have been diluted and almost lost to certain degrees but in the end I just think about how disappointed you would be if we didn’t move on. To what eventual extent I do not know.

I go for days/weeks sometimes without even looking at a guitar. My desire and hunger for all of it suffers greatly but I know that it’s temporary. Or at least I hope so. Maybe going back on the road and surrounding myself with the HY family will help resurrect my love affair with music and playing. I know you would want that from me and everyone else.

You were always so positive and not one to dwell in negativity. I’m trying, we’re all trying. We love you Vince and we miss you terribly. I’m going to put my hat back on, lace up my Chuck’s, put on my guitar and deliver/destroy and represent HY the best best way I can. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for encouraging me, letting me into your life and most of all, being my dear friend. I miss you and hope that we get to see each other again someday on the other side. Until then.

Your friend,
Maxwell“

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Vince,  In the blink of an eye everything changed. I amm writing you this letter to tell you how much I miss and love you. Never could I have imagined you not being here with us anymore. There is so much all of us lost when you left us. Your smile, your infectious laugh, your always steadfast care of all those around you. Everything has changed now. Our family is just shards of what it used to be. It seemed like everyday was harder then the one before it. It's hard just knowing that you're not here to lift everyone up and make everything better with just the simplest things you always used to do. It's hard waking up and trying to navigate thru such murky waters. We're doing our best, some better then others, some not so much. Grief is just love with no place to go and that's how I feel sometimes. Our record is coming out soon and I know you would be hella proud of it. We've committed to represent the record and honor your memory and what you would have wanted us to do. But it's not easy. Passions have been diluted and almost lost to certain degrees but in the end I just think about how disappointed you would be if we didn't move on. To what eventual extent I do not know. I go for days/weeks sometimes without even looking at a guitar. My desire and hunger for all of it suffers greatly but I know that it's temporary. Or at least I hope so. Maybe going back on the road and surrounding myself with the HY family will help resurrect my love affair with music and playing. I know you would want that from me and everyone else. You were always so positive and not one to dwell in negativity. I am trying, we're all trying. We love you Vince and we miss you terribly. I'm going to put my hat back on, lace up my Chucks, put on my guitar and deliver/destroy and represent HY the best best way I can. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for encouraging me, letting me into your life and most of all, being my dear friend. I miss you and hope that we get to see each other again someday on the other side. Until then. Your friend,  MaxwellÂ

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Report: Vinnie Paul’s Death Was The Result Of A Major Heart Attack

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, people who knew Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) are saying his death was the result of a “major heart attack.” However, an official cause of death has yet to be confirmed. TMZ are reporting that once the medical examiner does determine his cause of death, his body will be flown back to Texas. The 54-year-old drummer passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on June 22. R.I.P.

In other news, HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell has since commented:

“Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place.

Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close.

Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.

—Maxwell 💔”

HELLYEAH’s label Eleven Seven Music Group also issued a statement:

“Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.

A founding member of Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HellYeah, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.

His most recent release, Hellyeah’s UNDEN!ABLE contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.

Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.

Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time.”

Vinnie Paul’s longtime girlfriend Chelsea Yeager also posted the following:

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, who has had a troubled relationship with Vinnie Paul over the years, also shared a picture of a lit candle:

Pantera’s Rex Brown has since tweeted as well:

Nothingface Members Pay Tribute To Matt Holt With “For All The Sin” Live Performance

During the Knives Out! show at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland last night (May 5), Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell, Bill Gaal, and Tommy Sickles played the Nothingface track “For All The Sin” as a tribute to singer Matt Holt, who passed away last month. Dog Fashion Disco’s Todd Smith handled the vocals for the performance.