We don’t often drop a single article for a video or album release news but… Vinnie. HELLYEAH’s upcoming album will be the last to feature work by the ex-Pantera drummer after his death in June last year. He wasn’t just a tub-thumper, though – he was very much part of the songwriting team within the band as their statement below details. Vocalist Chad Gray goes into the details:
Vinnie originally came up with the idea for “333”. A lot of people may think Vinnie was just a drummer, but he was much more than just a badass, slamming, smashing drummer. He understood production and composition and he was very much a contributor to the writing process.
This song was his baby; it belonged to and came from him. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to actually write the lyrics, it was after Vinnie had passed. The lyrics embrace and recognise the feelings that most metal fans have. Being treated like outcasts and being judged for the way we look or dress. It’s a reminder to all the metal fans that no matter what, you will always have a place in our worldwide metal community. With that said…Welcome to the family! We’re all the root of half evil reppin’ 333!
I love “333” and what it represents — being half evil. It was a part of Dime (Darrell Abbott) and (brother) Vinnie before HELLYEAH was formed and very much became a part of HELLYEAH as we carried the torch for Dimebag. They were both so accepting of me and many others, and they taught us to treat people with respect, dignity and humility.
The album, as yet untitled, will be out sometime this summer.