On Saturday, May 11th, Hellyeah played their first show since the death of their drummer and Pantera legend Vinnie Paul from heart-related issues. The band — singer Chad Gray, guitarists Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders — enlisted Stone Sour’s Roy Mayorga, a longtime friend of Paul’s, to handle drum duties at the concert, which was a billed as “A Celebration of the Life of Vinnie Paul” and took place at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hellyeah played a career-spanning set list of original cuts, including the live debut of the band’s most recent single “333,” and they also blasted through raucous renditions of a few Pantera classics, “I’m Broken” and “Walk.” The celebration notably included the official declaration of May 11th as “Vinnie Paul Day” in Clark County, a.k.a. the area of Las Vegas, where the Texas-born Paul spent his later years before his death.
Check out footage of both Hellyeah’s Pantera covers and of the proclamation being read before the show below. Hellyeah’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Welcome Home — which includes the song “333” as well as the last material that Paul recorded in the studio before his passing — is due to be released on September 27th.
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