HELLYEAH - A Celebration of Life with Nonpoint and Sleep Signals at the House of Blues Houston 16 August 2019.
Review/Photography: Carox Rox
This was a truly packed show with a lot of fans turning up in of HELLYEAH leather jackets and
shirts. It was my first show to see them since Vinnie’s passing, one year ago in June, so I
wondered how it would be not to see his head above the drum set. Security was high as usual for
them. It was the support band Sleep Signals that mentioned Vinnie first, by thanking
HELLYEAH for taking them on the Celebration of Life Tour with them.
Sleep Signals are a proudly self-managed band from Minneapolis and they were really good.
Great confidence and good musicians. Pretty much their setlist included: Means, The
Harbinger, I&ll Save You, Edge of My Sanity, Suit & Tie Suicide, Still Sleeping, Welcome to the Masquerade. Included links so you can watch some of their official stuff on YouTube.
Nonpoint’s setlist was Breaking Skin, Chaos, and Earthquakes, Dodge Your Destiny, Milestone,
Fix This, That Day, What a Day, In the Air Tonight Phil Collins cover), Bullet with a Name
Hellyeah’s setlist was included old and new from their recent album. Check out Welcome
Home. I have covered Hellyeah since their conception and they never, ever disappoint.
This was a highly charged, super busy show with tons of audience interaction and intense energy
from start to finish.
Fans’ favorite HELLYEAH’s story is a truly remarkable one –to the tune of 12 years, six
albums, tireless touring, and a genuine brotherhood that’s as palpable off-stage as it is on.
The band’s story took a tragic twist on June 22, 2018, when world-renowned drummer Vinnie
Paul passed away unexpectedly. HELLYEAH bravely soldiered on to complete the album
Vinnie had already recorded his drum parts for –the outfit’s sixth offering, the brand new
The fact that Vinnie had not only completed recording his drums on HELLYEAH’s new
Welcome Home album, but was truly delighted with both his performance and the material, is
perhaps the only slight glimmer of possible solace regarding his tragic passing. “Once a song
was completed to Vinnie’s satisfaction, he’d put his stamp of approval on it and move on to the
next one,” Vinnie’s bass playing partner, Kyle, recounts. “He did that for every single song on
this album.”Welcome Home is a truly stunning album that does both Vinnie’s memory and
groundbreaking legacy proud.
HELLYEAH unleashed “333,” the first fiery song from Welcome Home on March 14, 2019. The
official video surpassed 590,000 YouTube views in less than three weeks. The worldwide release
date for Welcome Home is set for September 27, 2019. The 18-city headlining summer outing
was kicked off on Tuesday, July 23, in Atlanta, and culminated in a special hometown
celebration on Saturday, August 17, in Dallas, Texas. In honor of Vinnie, HELLYEAH is
donating a portion of ticket sales from their upcoming tour in his memory, in hopes of raising
over$10,000 for The American Heart Association.
About Nonpoint -
The fabulous and high energy Nonpoint has been together for 20-plus years, has had ten full-
length releases, countless sold out shows, and over one million albums sold worldwide. The
quintet—Elias Soriano (vocals), Robb Rivera (drums), Rasheed Thomas (guitar), Adam
Woloszyn (bass), and B.C. Kochmit (guitar) released their aptly titled tenth offering, X with
About Sleep Signals-
Sleep Signals are from Minneapolis. Their latest EP, At the End of the World was produced
by Grammy-nominated producer, Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones, Wayland). Founded in
2014, the band hit the road in early 2015 and has since played over 400 shows in 45 states,
sharing the stage with bands like Seether, Jonathan Davis, In Flames, The Dillinger Escape Plan,
Every Time I Die, Ded, Palisades, Sons of Texas, Volumes, Ill Nino, Alesana, The Browning,
Saving Abel, and Bobaflex
The band is just coming off of two major full US tours with heavy hitters Atreyu, Memphis May
Fire, and Ice Nine Kills, as well as All That Remains, Attila, and Escape the Fate. They've also
played several festival dates including Northern Invasion, Brat Fest, Texas Showdown, SXSW,
and Texas Rockfest with bands like Soundgarden, Godsmack, Bush, and Vince Neil.