Hellyeah Officially Recruits Stone Sour Drummer
As rumored last month, Hellyeah has officially recruited Stone Sour's Roy Mayorga as its new drummer. The band issued a statement on Monday (May 6th), saying, "Please welcome our dear friend and brother Roy Mayorga, who will be guesting behind the drum kit as we honor our brother Vinnie Paul. These men had so much love and mutual respect for each other, this makes our transition so much easier. Ready or not, here we come!"
Mayorga will follow in the footsteps of founding Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in June 2018 from heart disease. The legendary Pantera and Damageplan drummer was just 54 years old.
Word of Mayorga's involvement with Hellyeah gained strength last month after Mayorga posted two Instagram photos of his new drum setup, which some deemed "very Vinnie Paul-like." Mayorga previously played with Hellyeah bassist Kyle Sanders in Medication, which also featured members of Ugly Kid Joe and Machine Head.
In March, Hellyeah released the official music video for a new song titled "333." The track is taken from the band's sixth album, which is due later in the year. The LP will mark the group's final effort with Abbott, who recorded his drum tracks before his death.
Mayorga will make his live debut with Hellyeah on Saturday (May 11th) at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the band will celebrate Abbott's life with a special performance.