New Drummer Speaks Out On Joining Hellyeah
Stone Sour and new Hellyeah drummer Roy Mayorga spoke recently with Detroit's 101 WRIF about taking over the drums in Hellyeah following the death of Vinnie Paul Abbott. Mayorga remarked, "I'm happy to be there to help the guys and honor our brother, our friend, Vinnie. It's an honor, man. It's bittersweet. It's horrible even thinking about it. He's not here anymore . . . It's mind-blowing to me."
Mayorga said that he first met Vinnie at an Ozzfest show in England in 1998, when Mayorga was in Soulfly and Vinnie was still in Pantera. Mayorga recalled, "He was a really cool dude, man. His energy was great . . . it made me f**king play even better and harder. He was definitely a big influence on me and every drummer that I know."
On how he approached taking the job with Hellyeah, Mayorga explained, "I'm just here helping him and the band carry the torch, man. That's it. No filling shoes -- none of that stuff. People are saying, '(Those are some big shoes to fill,' but I keep saying, 'Look, it's not about filling shoes. No one can fill his shoes."
Mayorga made his live debut with Hellyeah on May 11th at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away in June 2018 at the age of 54 from heart disease. Welcome Home, Hellyeah's first album since his death and the last with him on drums, will be released on September 27th.