It has finally been revealed that HELLYEAH‘s sixth studio album will be called Welcome Home and will be the band’s last release to feature Vinnie Paul on drums, who passed away as the band were finalising the recording process last year.
In his place, Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga has been announced as Vinnie’s replacement for their tour/tribute shows throughout America, something the band addressed on their social media earlier in the week:
With the upcoming release of our latest album “Welcome Home” it has been heavy on our hearts and minds on what we do next… While Vinnie Paul is obviously irreplaceable, one thing we can’t not do is tour. As easy as it would be to say we’re not going on the road, we have to. Vinnie would be extremely disappointed in us if we didn’t promote this record properly. He’d be pissed off at all of us for putting all this work into finishing the record and then just letting it sit there on the shelf while we put a couple of songs to radio and whatever…and we know that. So with that being said, we want you all to welcome the incredible Roy Mayorga to the family. We have a lengthy past with Roy, from being in bands together, from touring and a life long friendship with him. When Roy hits the stage he brings it 333%. Vinnie and Roy were great friends and we have had such great times on and off stage with Roy over the years. Welcome To The Family Roy. Let’s go!.
They do make a good point, there’s no reason for them not to hit the road and celebrate the life of Vinnie and the last bit of music he had a hand in creating. The band worked tirelessly on this release and if they weren’t to do any promotional work for it, to at least push it for Vinnie’s sake, then it’d all be for nothing. With or without him, this is still part of his and the band’s legacy so it’ll be great to hear these songs live, lets hope they make it down to Australia not long after to keep the memory going here too.
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HELLYEAH – Welcome Home