REPLACE VINNIE? HELL NO!
Band denies Vinnie Paul replacement rumour
HellYeah have denied that former Every Time I Die drummer Daniel Davison is set to replace the late Vinnie Paul in the band.
Frontman Chad Gray took to social media after rumours began circulating online that Davison had joined up with the band.
Posting on Twitter, Gray described the notion that Davison had replaced Paul as “absolute fake news”.
The news came shortly after bass player Kyle Sanders revealed that at the time of Paul’s passing in June, the band was three-quarters of the way through recording a new album.
“We’re in the middle of huge things right now,” Sanders told SiriusXM Liquid Metal. “This is the last thing you expect to hear. We’re in the studio right now, man. We’re doing a record, [this is] everything that Vinnie lives for. It’s devastating, man. The music that I’m sitting on right now, it makes me so happy to hear it, to have all the music done. We’re doing vocals now, we’re like 75 percent done with this record. [The] tour’s starting in September, all these festivals [are booked]. We just were on the phone with Vinnie talking about the game plan.”
In a statement at the time of Paul’s passing, frontman Gray credited the drum icon for, among other things, saving his life.
He said: “I just want to say, thank you, Vinnie Paul! For saving my life, for your music, for your endless generosity, for accepting me into your life, for creating our music that touched people, for being proud to be in HellYeah and for always treating me like a brother and more importantly for treating me like a friend… I will always love you and go to the end of the earth to carry the torch for you and Dime’s legacy.”
Vinnie Paul passed away on 22 June at his Las Vegas home.
HellYeah’s late, legendary Vinnie Paul remains irreplaceable