Gig Of The Week: Hellyeah
WHERE: London King’s College
WHEN: Tuesday, June 15
The metal superheavies – featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Nothingface and Damageplan – are preparing a massive energy surge in the venerable confines of King’s College.
“We really do deliver live,” says drummer Vinnie Paul. “And we’ll be really warmed up after playing at the Download Festival and also at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods on the two previous days. But this is just the start for us. The aim is to otur for two years.”
The band – Paul, vocalist Chad Gray, guitarists Greg Tribbett and Tom Maxwell and bassist Bob Zilla – are about to release seocnd album Stampede, and there will be a lot of those songs in the set.
“I think we’ll do about 75 minues in all. With stuff from the new album and also our debut (2007′s Hellyeah). In America, the firsr album has solf nearly half-a-million copies, but it got so little label backing in the UK that it’s almost like a new record to most people. That’s why I’m happy we’ve got a new record deal, with Spinefarm. They’re very enthusiastic about us.”
One thing the band will not be doing is any material from their other bands.
“We’ve never done that, and we’re not about to start now. All of us agree that we want this band to stand on its own merits, rathan than because of what else we’ve done. And there’s total commitment here to making Hellyeah our priority. Hey, I love this band!”
Paul’s also proud of the fact that the band can deliver onstage what you hear on the record.
“We don’t do the overproduction thing, with lots of pro tools shit. We just go into the studio and belt it out, That’s why our records have loads of energy and a dangerous edge. There are just the five of us up there. No tapes, no hidden extras.”
If all goes to plan, then Hellyeah will return here in November for a proper tour.
“That’s all dependent on how we do this time. But we’re looking towards that time of year to get back.”
Supporting are Nonpoint, who are old friends.
“We took them out as our support band a couple of years ago in America, and Chad and Greg produced their new album, Miracle, which is really cool too. They’re a very good band, and that makes the night a strong package.”
Find out more at www.hellyeahband.com