The official music video for the song “Oh My God” from HELLYEAH can be seen below. The clip was directed by William “Wombat” Felch and second DP Sebastien Paquet.
“Oh My God” is taken fromHELLYEAH‘s sixth studio album, “Welcome Home”, which will be released on September 27 via Eleven Seven Music. The disc contains the final recordings by late HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died in June 2018 after laying down his drum tracks for the LP.
HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray and guitarist Christian Brady told Kilpop how it felt to play live again last month, nearly a year after Vinnie Paul‘s death.
Brady remarked: “Why don’t you just take all of the emotions that you think someone can feel, and that’s where we’re at right now… We’re happy and excited to play together again, happy and excited to be on stage together again, terrified to be on stage together without our fucking brother, even though we know he’s here [in spirit].”
HELLYEAH played its first show since Vinnie‘s passing on May 11 in Las Vegas, with STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga making his debut as the former PANTERA drummer’s replacement.
Gray said about Mayorga‘s involvement: “He’s been rehearsing six hours a day for a month and a half… He’s just helping us carry this torch for Vin. And that’s his job. He’s such a brother, though, man — he’s such a beautiful human being. We had a very short list of people, and it was just, like, nobody can sit on that kit that didn’t respect who Vinnie Paul [was] and vice versa. And we nailed it.”
HELLYEAH will kick off an 18-city headlining tour on July 23 in Atlanta and wrap it up on August 17 with a “special celebration” in Dallas, the area where Vinnie and his late brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, spent their formative years.
Bassist Kyle Sanders stated: “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… and we know that.”
Vinnie Paul died in June 2018 of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.
Not long before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for “Welcome Home”.
Like the last two records, 2016’s “Unden!able” and 2014’s “Blood For Blood”, the new disc was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.
Photo credit: William Felch
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