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Rockers Raising A Little Hellyeah In All-Star Band

Of the Oakland Press

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The denizens of Hellyeah are beginning to contemplate the band’s future.

It’s a heavy metal “supergroup” featuring members of Mudvayne and Nothingface — as well as drummer Vinnie Paul of Pantera and Damageplan infamy. Nevertheless, singer Chad Gray says they hope to make it more than just a side project.

“Y’know, we’re just plugging away as long as we can,” says Gray, 36, who’s preparing a Mudvayne rarities set for November release and working on a new band album for 2008. “We’ve had a lot of offers, and there’s a lot of (stuff) going on.

“People are really learning about what Hellyeah is and digging it. We just have fun with it. We don’t take ourselves seriously at all. People seem to respond to that kind of ‘hellyeah!’ vibe we put out there, that kind of ‘let’s have a good time’ headspace.”

Paul, 43, is among those who are particularly enjoying it. Though he remains active with his own label, Big Vin Records, and projects such as “Rebel Meets Rebel,” the drummer hasn’t been in a proper band since his brother, guitarist Dimebag Darrell, was shot onstage by a fan in December 2004 in Columbus, Ohio.

“I was like, ‘Man, I’m not sure if I’m ready to do this ... ,’ ” he recalls. “But persistence pays off. They kept calling, and finally one night, they got me when I’d been drinking and listening to music. And I said, ‘This sounds like a great idea.’

“And it has been. I love everybody’s attitude, and I’ve been having a great time.”

Hellyeah, Otep and Blood Simple perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $21.01. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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