HELLYEAH Frontman: It's Such A Big Thing For Us To Continue DIMEBAG's Legacy

HELLYEAH Frontman: It's Such A Big Thing For Us To Continue DIMEBAG's Legacy

Chad Gray spoke to Metal On Loud about HELLYEAH's cover of the 1982 Phil Collins hit "I Don't Care Anymore", from the band's new album, "Unden!able". The song features a guitar track from late PANTERA guitarist — and HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott's brother — "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which the siblings first recorded 14 years ago.

"It's such a big thing for us to continue [Dimebag's] legacy," the singer said (see video below). "It means a lot to Vinnie, it means a lot to me. [Dimebag] was one of my true heavy metal heroes. I was a singer, he was a guitar player, but I still looked up to that dude so much. The way that, from the videos and stuff, you felt like you got to know him, and he was so humble and he wanted to put a smile on people's face and he understood and embraced the true essence of what music really is — about bringing us together and stuff. He didn't put himself above anyone. He was just a fucking outstanding role model. He was for me."

He continued: "Long before I was in the business and signed and playing in bands and doing things professionally, I was watching those [PANTERA home] videos, and that seeded into my head, assuming that it would happen, which is one in a million, how I would be if I did, and I think that I've done that. I feel like I'm still very approachable and I don't put myself above anybody. And I'm thankful — I'm thankful to be where I'm at, I'm thankful to be a part of what we are, all of us, and just have a place. I think that's what's great about metal — is that everybody fits."

"Unden!able" was released on June 3, 2016 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort marks the first time HELLYEAH's current lineup — Gray, guitarists Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Kyle Sanders — has recorded together as a unit.

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