HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell recently sat down Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES) on his “The Ex-Man” podcast where he discussed his feelings on a potential follow up to the band’s latest effort, “Welcome Home”, which was the last album to feature drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.
Vinnie Paul died back in June 2018 at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease.
“When he died — I’m not gonna lie — my passion, my love affair died as well with him,” Tom said.
“I don’t even know if there’s gonna ever be another HELLYEAH record. I don’t even know if I wanna make another HELLYEAH record without him.
“I’m at a point right now where I’ve done some amazing shit with some amazing people and I’ve released a lot of great records. And I’ve found success in those — more elsewhere than others,” he continued.
“Like I said, my love affair has kind of been cockblocked a little bit. I don’t find a need or a necessity to continue without Vince.”
STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga stepped in as drummer for the band’s touring cycle after the album’s release, however according to Maxwell, it was hard for him to get up on stage as HELLYEAH without Vinnie Paul behind the drum kit.
“Vin passed, and we did two tours, and it didn’t feel right, even though we had Roy, who’s a brother,” Tom admitted. “There’s a lot of shows where I felt I was just phoning in my presence — I wasn’t there.”
He then reiterated: “I don’t know if I even wanna do another HELLYEAH record. I just don’t have the emotional need and drive.
“I feel personally, as Tom Maxwell — I’m not speaking for anybody else at all — but I don’t know what I wanna do. I write songs all the time, and I write ’em for me, like I always did.
“I don’t see myself doing another HELLYEAH record; I really don’t.”