In a new interview, Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul has spoken about the strength of the European metal festival scene compared with the US.
Talking with Kerrang! Radio (via Blabbermouth) at this year's Download, the former Pantera drummer was asked how it felt to be playing at the UK festival again:
"It's incredible, dude. I tell people all the time back home, if we could have these kinds of festivals in the United States, it'd be amazing, but people just wouldn't support 'em like they do over here. People over here really love and embrace heavy metal and hard rock music, and they still... It still feels like '80s, the '90s, 2000 over here, because they just love the music, man. And it's so great to come and play for people here."
In the interview, Vinnie Paul also addressed the absence of guitarist Tom Maxwell from the band's European tour. Maxwell, who broke his foot in three places has been unable to participate in recent dates:
"We will carry on, with Chris Brady holding down the guitar force. Tom will rejoin us for [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival this summer]."
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