HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell will undergo hand surgery in September, just before the release of the band's sixth album, "Welcome Home". The group will stay off the road for a couple of months while he rehabilites before kicking off a new tour cycle in November.
Speaking to Rock 100.5 The KATT's Cameron Buchholtz before HELLYEAH's August 14 concert at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Maxwell said (see video below): "I got in a car accident and broke my middle finger in my left hand. I keep getting trigger finger, which — it gets stuck. It's really odd — an odd feeling. So I've got a series of cortisone shots, which the percentage of the cure rate from that is about 70 percent. Unfortunately, I didn't fall into that. So now [ my doctor is] gonna go in and make a little incision and go in here and fix what's not right."
While Tom agrees that the timing of his surgery is not ideal, he says: "Better now than… I can't keep getting these cortisone shots. You're only allowed to have a certain amount. [My doctor] hooked me up last time before this [summer] tour. So I just have to get it done."
"Welcome Home" is due on September 27 via Eleven Seven Music. The disc will mark the group's final effort with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died more than a year ago.
HELLYEAH's May 11 concert in Las Vegas marked the first time the band had taken the stage since Vinnie's passing and the debut of Roy Mayorga as Vinnie's replacement.
HELLYEAH's 18-city headlining summer outing kicked off on July 23 in Atlanta, and will culminate in a special celebration on Saturday, August 17 in Dallas, Texas.
Like the last two records, 2016's "Unden!able" and 2014's "Blood For Blood", "Welcome Home" was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.