VINNIE PAUL To Auction Car, Barbecue Grill

On July 14, Meltdown of Detroit, Michigan's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and guitarist Greg Tribbett of HELLYEAH. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

When asked about his unusual habit of putting strange personal items up for sale on eBay, Vinnie said, "Let me tell you something... If you're anybody — not just me, but anybody — and you can put an oven that doesn't work at all on eBay and sign your name on it and sell it for 1200 bucks and somebody will drive from Seattle to Dallas, Texas to get it, that's pretty cool.

"And then I found a cell phone that was a Motorola cell phone — back in the day it was the size of a walkie-talkie...

"I've got this dude named Videobob that's kind of always dreaming things up. He goes, 'Let's put that thing on eBay.' I sold that thing for six hundred dollars.

"It's not about the money — it's not like I can't afford to buy my own coffin when it's time to go, you know, but it's about the 'nut' factor.

"I've got something else I'm about to put on there, too. Well, I've got two things — I've got one barbecue grill I'm about to put on there, and it works just fine — but I've also got my 1993 Mitsubishi 3000 [car] I'm gonna put on there. Probably the 'Blue Book' [value] on it [is] 700 dollars, but I guarantee you I'm gonna get about 12 grand out of that thing."

Regarding his plan to sell his toilets from his newly purchased house in Las Vegas, Vinnie said, "The toilets are definitely going on [eBay].

"When I bought that house in Vegas... That house was built in 1986 and apparently people were smaller back then. I took [the toilets] all out, put them in the garage [and] got new ones, but those are going on eBay. And I will autograph those — there's three of them — and I guarantee you those will probably go for 1500 to three grand apiece."

He added, "It just pays for me and Greg's drinking habits."

On the topic of the upcoming 20th-anniversary reissue of PANTERA's "Cowboys From Hell" album, Vinnie said, "The bottom line is it was a great time, a great period — we made some pretty amazing music back in the day — and I'm very proud of it, and I'm really happy that the fans still embrace it and still love it, and I'm happy that they enjoy what we do now with the band HELLYEAH; it's what it's all about with me right now."

According to industry web site Hits Daily Double, "Stampede", the sophomore album from HELLYEAH — featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN) — is on track to sell between 25,000 and 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

The Hits estimate is based on one-day sales reports. The album arrived on Tuesday (July 13).

HELLYEAH will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with HELLYEAH by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

HELLYEAH will headline the Jägermeister Second Stage at the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which is set to rock North America in August-October. Performing on the main stage will be DISTURBED and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, along with STONE SOUR and HALESTORM. AIRBOURNE, HAIL THE VILLAIN, NEW MEDICINE and the Jägermeister Battle of The Bands Winner in each city will round out the Jägermeister Second Stage bill. The 36-date tour launches August 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will visit arenas and amphitheatres across North America before wrapping October 4 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Vinnie Paul Abbott and Greg Tribbett interviewed on Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM (click on player below to launch audio):

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