Hellyeah‘s upcoming fifth album, Unden!able, will feature a cover version of the song “I Don’t Care Anymore”, which was written, performed, and produced by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins for his second solo LP, 1982’s Hello, I Must Be Going! Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell told Springfield, Illinois radio station WQLZ over the weekend that Hellyeah’s version of the song will feature a special appearance from late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
Maxwell explained, “Dime and Vinnie (Paul Abbott, former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer) recorded that track years ago and we went in and dug up his tracks and put it on the record, man. So we’ve got a little Dime . . . Dime’s on our album.”
- Unden!able will be released on June 3rd and will follow up 2014’s Blood For Blood.
- The disc marks the first time that Hellyeah’s current lineup — which includes Vinnie, Tom Maxwell, singer Chad Gray, guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders — has recorded together as a unit.
- Hellyeah recorded Unden!able at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, where it was produced by Kevin Churko, who co-wrote all the songs.
- Hellyeah is currently on the road with Escape The Fate, New Years Day and From Ashes To New. That trek stops on Tuesday night (May 24th) in Louisville, Kentucky and ends on June 5th in Las Vegas. Hellyeah will then venture out on the Hell Pop Tour with In This Moment, beginning on June 18th in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott formed Pantera in 1981 in their hometown of Arlington, Texas and became one of the most successful heavy metal bands of the ’90s.
- After Pantera broke up in 2003, the Abbott brothers went on to form Damageplan and recorded a debut album.
- On December 8th, 2004, Darrell was shot and killed on stage by a mentally unstable fan during a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio.
- Is it kind of strange or exploitative to use the Dimebag track on a Hellyeah album?
- Should it have been saved for a Pantera reissue or box set?
- Do you think Vinnie should release more Dimebag music if there is material in the vaults?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Tracy Matthew Loman wrote: “BOO! Use those tracks for new Pantera recordings. Hellyeah f**kin’ blows.”
Lester Polsfuss wrote: “Loves me some Dime! But this isn’t the way to do it. What the hell are you thinking, Vin?”
Lorrie Danny Sansone wrote: “And now you know the only way to sell this record is to put Dimebag’s recordings on it. It should be something separate away from this band Vinnie Paul should be ashamed of himself.”
Anthony Carr wrote: “I’m not a hellyeah fan by any means but if his brother wants to include something of his on the album I’m pretty sure he is well within his rights to do so. it would be very cool if some sort of collection was put together but I’ll take this.”
Steve Chow wrote: “Pretty sad that they need to use dimebag to sell records.”