Hellyeah Guitarist Says Band Might Not Continue After Vinnie Paul’s Death
Following the death of Vinnie Paul Abbott in 2018, Hellyeah would go on to release one more album, Welcome Home, featuring the late drummer’s recordings. But that might be it for the outfit: guitarist Tom Maxwell has said in a new interview that Hellyeah may not continue on.
Speaking to Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex-God Forbid) on The Ex-Man Podcast, Maxwell said:
“When [Vinnie Paul] 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.”
Tom is only one member of the band, of course, and isn’t speaking for the others. What’s more, history is littered with examples of musicians who said their band is done, only to eventually return once nostalgia (and finances) get the best of them. But if Hellyeah really are done, well, it was a helluva ride: who would’ve expected that the second act from both Paul and members of Mudvayne would be as successful as it was? The music was never really my bag, but you gotta what these guys did.
You can listen to the full chat below.
[via The PRP]