February 7, 2007

Launch Radio Networks reports: As the news spreads about Ozzfest 2007 being free, fans, musicians, and industry insiders are trying to figure out just how Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are going to make the numbers work. Former PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul told Launch he's not exactly sure how they've done it either. "Somebody's come up with some genius way to make some money, because if you went to McDonald's and got a free hamburger every day, how much longer is McDonald's gonna stay in business?" he said. "It doesn't work out economically, you know. So for them to be able to do this, somebody has really thought it through really well and just found a way to make it the most exciting and biggest tour in the world. So I can tell you this: every show on the Ozzfest tour this summer will be sold out!"

HELLYEAH, the new band that Paul has started with members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, has been mentioned as a possible Ozzfest act.

HELLYEAH's self-titled debut album arrives on April 10. The band also features MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, along with NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and bassist Jerry Montano. Abbott recently told MTV.com that the HELLYEAH CD is "the best record I've been a part of since [PANTERA's 1992 classic] 'Vulgar Display of Power'." He said, "The thing that makes me feel that way about it is, when we made 'Vulgar', it was just magic. It happened. Everybody's mindset was in the right place. After that record, we never had that same vibe. We still made amazing records, but there were all these forces pulling us in different directions. So when we made [the HELLYEAH] record, I had that same kind of feeling. It was just too easy. Everybody was into it. And I feel these songs are that strong, and I think everybody brought something special to the table.

"It's just a special record," he added, "and I really believe we're gonna be f---ing kick-ass live. We haven't done any live shows yet, but I know that everybody comes from a band that's been known as a kick-ass live band. So I know the five of us together are going to make some hellacious noise."

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