HELLYEAH's VINNIE PAUL: 'I Think DIMEBAG Is 100 Percent Proud Of Us'

Former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has told Tim Brouk of Journal & Courier that he has had a "fantastic" experience touring with HELLYEAH and KORN so far.

"It was a great opportunity to play in front of a lot of people, a lot of fans. It's been a blast and one of the easiest tours. Everyone's so friendly," Abbott said. "The fans have really embraced us. We have new fans or followers of other bands these guys are in. This is a good-time band and we hope to bring fun back to music."

Abbott said security has been fine at shows so far but he believes nothing is "100 percent safe."

"There's wacky people out there all over the (freaking) place," Abbott added. "Everyone is at risk."

As HELLYEAH moves on to its first headlining tour, what would Dimebag think of HELLYEAH?

"I think he's 100 percent proud of us," Abbott said. "We recorded it in the same studio we recorded DAMAGEPLAN, all in his back yard. We felt he was part of it from the start and part of what makes it special."

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