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In the April/May 2014 issue of Revolver magazine, the surviving members of PANTERA — vocalist Philip Anselmo, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and bassist Rex Brown — speak about the making of the band’s classic 1994 album, “Far Beyond Driven”, which is being re-released next week as a 20th-anniversary, two-disc edition. The new version will include a newly remastered version of the original recordings along with a new live performance from the 1994 Monsters Of Rock festival.

Speaking about PANTERA‘s touring activities that followed the release of “Far Beyond Driven”, Vinnie Paul said: “When we went on the road, that’s when the wheels started coming off and people didn’t know what other people were doing. Phil had his own bus. Things started turning into what they turned into in the end.

Phil started isolating himself from the rest of us. It got to the point where we wouldn’t see each other until about 20 or 30 minutes before showtime. You never knew if he was going to be in a shitty mood or a good mood. You just hoped it was good enough to get through the show. That’s truly where some of the shows started lacking. They weren’t as good as they used to be, and he would start his rants and go on for 20 minutes while we stood around and looked at him, like, ‘What the fuck are you saying to these people, dude? They want to hear us play some songs. Let’s play some music.'”

Said Anselmo: “The touring was really a mixed bag for me. The [chronic back] pain was intense, but the thrill was still there much of the time, and when I was onstage, that part of it I enjoyed very much. But during this time, I was drinking an entire bottle of Wild Turkey every night before a show to numb the pain I was experiencing.

“I felt trapped, man. I felt lost even trying to explain to the guys in my band, who were so used to seeing Superman up onstage, that I was not Superman anymore. I felt like a trapped animal, honestly. I felt cornered and very confused.

“The words that would come out of my mouth [while we were on stage] were abrasive. I was lashing out at other bands when I really had no business mentioning other bands during a PANTERA show. I was going slowly insane throughout the touring of this record, whether it be from pills, alcohol, or the mental stress from carrying around the chronic pain along with the addiction.”

When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Vinnie Paul and his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.

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RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. You can now watch the chat below.

HELLYEAH‘s fourth studio album, “Blood For Blood”, will be released on June 10 via Eleven Seven Music. The CD was helmed by producer Kevin Churko at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

Prior to the recording of the new album, HELLYEAH parted ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE) and bassist Bob “Zilla” Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN). A replacement bassist in the shape of Kyle Sanders (former member of BLOODSIMPLE and the brother of MASTODON‘s Troy Sanders) has been secured.

Still in the lineup are original drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, guitarist Tom Maxwell and singer Chad Gray.

Speaking to RockNLive.org about Sanders‘ addition to HELLYEAH, Vinnie Paul said: “After we realized we were gonna have to part ways with Bob and Greg, we wanted to make sure that we brought somebody in that was a ‘bro,’ somebody that we felt comfortable with. We didn’t wanna go through an audition process and bring a whole bunch of different people in that we had no idea, anything about their character or dynamic or what they were all about. And Kyle had toured with HELLYEAH many times with his band BLOODSIMPLE, who we were all fans of. As a matter of fact, BLOODSIMPLE was on Chad‘s label when he had a label. And he was the first guy that came to our mind. And the first phone call we gave to him, we barely mentioned it and he said, ‘I’m the guy. I wanna do it. I wanna do it.’ And that’s all we needed to hear; that was perfect. So he’s gonna be a perfect addition to the band. We shot the videos together and we hung out, and he’s really into it. So it worked out perfect for us. And to complement Tom on guitar, these songs for this record really have a lot of duelling guitars and a lot of parts, we’re gonna add a touring guitarist. We haven’t announced who that is yet, but I can tell you he’s a hell of a guitar player. So we’ll do that soon. And the band’s gonna be stronger than ever. There’s nothing like having some fresh blood out on the road with you. And these guys are gonna kill, we’re gonna kill, and we’ve got a great new record to tour with.”

A press release describes “Blood For Blood” as a “welcome return to form” for the band, adding that it “sounds like a recharged HELLYEAH, taken up many notches.”

HELLYEAH will hit the road this spring, starting with several festival slots in April and May.

HELLYEAH was formed in 2006 by NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and bassist Jerry Montano, MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, and former PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.

Montano left a week after the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in 2007 and was replaced by Bob “Zilla” Kakaha, who had played with Abbott in DAMAGEPLAN.

HELLYEAH‘s other albums include 2009’s “Stampede” and 2011’s “Band Of Brothers”.

MUDVAYNE has not released an album since 2009 while Gray and Tribbett have been working with HELLYEAH.

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During a brand new interview with Artisan News, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was asked about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion with him filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar. “It’d be up to [former PANTERA members] Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums], Phil [Anselmo, vocals] and Rex [Brown, bass] — they’re the guys that make everything happen,” he said (see video below). “So if they were all gonna do it and honor Dimebag and [if they said to me], ‘Zakk, would you wanna honor Dime and do Dime‘s parts?’ Of course, I was a pallbearer for him — I laid him to rest — so, of course, I’d say, it would be a beautiful way to honor him and stuff like that. And to celebrate all things PANTERA and what they achieved. ‘Cause they changed the game, as far as extreme metal goes. I mean, they’re the kings of it. But it’s up to the fellows. Then it would just be me woodsheddin’ 25-8, learning all of Dime‘s parts, you know what I mean?! Yeah, but like I said, as far as I’m concerned, it would just be honoring Dime. Like with the Yankees, you honor… everybody’s wearing Thurman Munson‘s ’15’ for that day, just because we’re honoring Thurman‘s greatness. So it’s the same thing, man.”

Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Vinnie, who is Dimebag‘s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag‘s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag‘s killer.

Speaking to Fuse News, Anselmo said about the possibility of a PANTERA reunion with Wylde filling in for Dimebag: “For me, really, I think it would mean a lot for [ex-PANTERA bassist] Rex [Brown] and [ex-PANTERA drummer] Vince [Paul Abbott] and myself to sit down and, I guess, bury the hatchet where we can be on more friendly terms. And, you know, I think it would mean a lot to the fans.”

He added: “Without Vince, there’s not any PANTERA reunion at all; it’s useless. But he damn well knows my door’s wide open. He needs to bust out the keys and unlock his, man. I’m waiting, but I’m not holding my breath.”

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Fuse News recently spoke to former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo. You can watch the report below.

Asked about the persistent Internet rumors about the possibility of a PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar, Anselmo said: “For me, really, I think it would mean a lot for [ex-PANTERA bassist] Rex [Brown] and [ex-PANTERA drummer] Vince [Paul Abbott] and myself to sit down and, I guess, bury the hatchet where we can be on more friendly terms. And, you know, I think it would mean a lot to the fans.”

He added: “Without Vince, there’s not any PANTERA reunion at all; it’s useless. But he damn well knows my door’s wide open. He needs to bust out the keys and unlock his, man. I’m waiting, but I’m not holding my breath.”

Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Vinnie, who is Dimebag‘s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag‘s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag‘s killer.

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Metal-Trails.com recently conducted an interview with HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

As previously reported, HELLYEAH has tapped producer Kevin Churko to helm the band’s fourth studio album, tentatively due in early 2014. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

The recording sessions for the new HELLYEAH CD will take place this fall at Churko‘s The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HELLYEAH‘s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

Speaking to the 93X radio station at this year’s Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH‘s plans for the next CD: “We’ve done the past three HELLYEAH records [at my home studio in Dallas], but this [next] record, we really wanna go to another level with our music, and we’re working with Kevin Churko, who’s produced Ozzy and FIVE FINGER and IN THIS MOMENT and all that. We’re actually recording that in Vegas right down the street from my house in Vegas, so it’s almost gonna be as convenient as doing the Texas one.”

He added: “We’re already writing [material for the next album]. This tour [Gigantour] goes until August 20 and as soon as we’re done, we go right into the studio with Kevin and we should have a record out probably early next year.”

HELLYEAH took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

HELLYEAH‘s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Legendary PANTERA/DOWN vocalist Philip Anselmo recently spoke to Loudwire about why late PANTERA axeman “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was the “Greatest Metal Guitarist.” You can check out the clip below.

Recalling his former bandmate, Anselmo said: “He lived it, he breathed it, he meant every fucking second of it, and he could do it all. He had taste, he had heart, he had this thing called soul. And I’m from New Orleans, Jack. If you make a note wiggle with beautiful vibrato… He had all that. Then he had that whammy bar, which at the time might have been considered hackneyed, and somehow he brought it to life and made it do different things. He could make his guitar talk. He brought this thing called… a different type of heavy tone as well. He was very responsible for tone. [He was] very particular, fought for it for a long time, not happy for the longest time. Each record, [he would] strive for more, more, more and more… better, better, better, better. But that could be said of the whole band, man. As a whole, I’ve never to this day played with tighter musicians in my fucking life.”

Dimebag was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.

February 2012 marked the 20-year anniversary for PANTERA‘s “Vulgar Display Of Power”, a landmark album widely acknowledged as one of metal’s most enduring and influential masterworks. Recorded by Anselmo, Dimebag, bassist Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul, the album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and features several of the group’s most iconic songs including “Walk”, “Mouth For War”, “This Love” and “Fucking Hostile”.

To celebrate, Rhino released a two-disc Deluxe Edition of “Vulgar Display Of Power”. The CD includes the original album remastered and “Piss”, a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains an unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992 plus the three official music videos from the album.

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Ondes Chocs conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott on August 10 at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. Photos of the concert are available at this location.

As previously reported, HELLYEAH has tapped producer Kevin Churko to helm the band’s fourth studio album, tentatively due in early 2014. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

The recording sessions for the new HELLYEAH CD will take place this fall at Churko‘s The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HELLYEAH‘s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

Speaking to the 93X radio station at this year’s Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH‘s plans for the next CD: “We’ve done the past three HELLYEAH records [at my home studio in Dallas], but this [next] record, we really wanna go to another level with our music, and we’re working with Kevin Churko, who’s produced Ozzy and FIVE FINGER and IN THIS MOMENT and all that. We’re actually recording that in Vegas right down the street from my house in Vegas, so it’s almost gonna be as convenient as doing the Texas one.”

He added: “We’re already writing [material for the next album]. This tour [Gigantour] goes until August 20 and as soon as we’re done, we go right into the studio with Kevin and we should have a record out probably early next year.”

HELLYEAH took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

HELLYEAH‘s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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MusikUniverse.net conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott on August 10 at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. Photos of the concert are available at this location.

As previously reported, HELLYEAH has tapped producer Kevin Churko to helm the band’s fourth studio album, tentatively due in early 2014. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

The recording sessions for the new HELLYEAH CD will take place this fall at Churko‘s The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HELLYEAH‘s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

Speaking to the 93X radio station at this year’s Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH‘s plans for the next CD: “We’ve done the past three HELLYEAH records [at my home studio in Dallas], but this [next] record, we really wanna go to another level with our music, and we’re working with Kevin Churko, who’s produced Ozzy and FIVE FINGER and IN THIS MOMENT and all that. We’re actually recording that in Vegas right down the street from my house in Vegas, so it’s almost gonna be as convenient as doing the Texas one.”

He added: “We’re already writing [material for the next album]. This tour [Gigantour] goes until August 20 and as soon as we’re done, we go right into the studio with Kevin and we should have a record out probably early next year.”

HELLYEAH took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

HELLYEAH‘s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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CFMU-FM, the Canadian radio station broadcasting at 93.3 FM in Hamilton, Ontario, recently conducted an interview with HELLYEAH/MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray. You can now watch the entire 41-minute chat below.

As previously reported, HELLYEAH has tapped producer Kevin Churko to helm the band’s fourth studio album, tentatively due in early 2014. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

The recording sessions for the new HELLYEAH CD will take place this fall at Churko‘s The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HELLYEAH‘s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

Speaking to the 93X radio station at this year’s Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH‘s plans for the next CD: “We’ve done the past three HELLYEAH records [at my home studio in Dallas], but this [next] record, we really wanna go to another level with our music, and we’re working with Kevin Churko, who’s produced Ozzy and FIVE FINGER and IN THIS MOMENT and all that. We’re actually recording that in Vegas right down the street from my house in Vegas, so it’s almost gonna be as convenient as doing the Texas one.”

He added: “We’re already writing [material for the next album]. This tour [Gigantour] goes until August 20 and as soon as we’re done, we go right into the studio with Kevin and we should have a record out probably early next year.”

HELLYEAH took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

HELLYEAH‘s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Fan-filmed video footage of HELLYEAH‘s August 8 performance at the Asylum in Portland, Maine as the support act for DEVICE can be seen below.

As previously reported, HELLYEAH has tapped producer Kevin Churko to helm the band’s fourth studio album, tentatively due in early 2014. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

The recording sessions for the new HELLYEAH CD will take place this fall at Churko‘s The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HELLYEAH‘s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

Speaking to the 93X radio station at this year’s Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH‘s plans for the next CD: “We’ve done the past three HELLYEAH records [at my home studio in Dallas], but this [next] record, we really wanna go to another level with our music, and we’re working with Kevin Churko, who’s produced Ozzy and FIVE FINGER and IN THIS MOMENT and all that. We’re actually recording that in Vegas right down the street from my house in Vegas, so it’s almost gonna be as convenient as doing the Texas one.”

He added: “We’re already writing [material for the next album]. This tour [Gigantour] goes until August 20 and as soon as we’re done, we go right into the studio with Kevin and we should have a record out probably early next year.”

HELLYEAH took part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill were headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

HELLYEAH‘s third album, “Band Of Brothers”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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