More video footage has surfaced from HELLYEAH's CD-release party and the "You Wouldn't Know" video shoot. The party took place on April 10, 2007 at the Clubhouse, the Dallas nightclub founded by HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul and his late brother, PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The "You Wouldn't Know" clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Clubhouse.
According to unconfirmed reports, it was during HELLYEAH's CD-release party on April 10 that the group's then-bassist Jerry Montano got drunk and violent, allegedly threatening his bandmates. One week later he was dismissed from the band and was subsequently replaced by Bob "Zilla" Kakaha, who played with the Abbott brothers in their post-PANTERA group, DAMAGEPLAN, until Dimebag's death.
HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray recently spoke to The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) about the events leading up to the band's dismissal of Montano. While Gray was not present for the incident, he told The Pulse of Radio that the group took the decision to let Montano go very seriously. "I've heard through the grapevine that obviously some things went down or whatever, and we just banded together as a group and we felt, all of us, including Jerry, I think we all felt like we needed to do what was best for HELLYEAH and we wanted to do what we thought was best for Jerry at the time," he said. "And we wish him the best and we love him, and it was for a lot of reasons and it was, believe me, there was a lot of deliberation. I mean, it took us a long time to come to that decision."
No official explanation was ever given for Montano's exit.
HELLYEAH's debut album entered the Billboard chart at No. 9 upon its release. The latest single from the disc is "Alcohaulin' Ass".
The band is currently on the road with the Family Values tour.
HELLYEAH CD-release party footage:
"You Wouldn't Know" video shoot behind-the-scenes footage: