HELLYEAH, the new band featuring former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, kicked off its "Fire It Up" tour Sunday night (May 20) in Baltimore. The group's setlist was as follows:01. Hellyeah
02. Matter of Time
04. Stone Cold Crazy (QUEEN cover)
05. Thank You
06. Waging War
08. One Thing
09. In The Mood/Star
10. Rotten To The Core
11. Alcohaulin' Ass
12. You Wouldn't Know Bob Suehs of Rock N Roll Experience, who attended the concert, commented in his review: "I've personally covered too many shows at this venue to even remember them all, and in all that time, I've NEVER seen security as tight as it was at this particular show! I had a photo pass and I even went through a very detailed search...entrance into the venue was slow because of this, but I assume it was the necessary precaution that Vinnie wanted after the tragic situation he experienced, and to be totally honest with you, I don't blame him, and it almost reminded me of the strict airplane security after 9/11. I will be really curious to see if any bootlegs pop up from this tour, because the only other act I recall seeing with super tight security like this in recent years was MARILYN MANSON during the height of the band's career." Read the rest of Suehs' review, and check out photos from the concert, at Rock N Roll Experience. HELLYEAH will play this year's Download festival in England before taking part in this summer's Family Values Tour. Other bands scheduled to appear on the trek are EVANESCENCE, ATREYU, TRIVIUM and FLYLEAF, alongside headliners KORN.
HELLYEAH's self-titled debut album sold just under 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. A three-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH's "You Wouldn't Know" video has been posted at YouTube. The clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Dallas, Texas stripclub owned by Vinnie Paul Abbott. The finished "You Wouldn't Know" video is available for viewing at this location.