Hellyeah at Birmingham N.I.A. 28.10.10
After what seemed like years of waiting, Hellyeah arrived on stage at around 7.30pm, greeted by many screaming fans. They opened with ‘Hellyeah’ which was so catchy that even people in the crowd that didn’t know who they were found themselves singing along. They then interacted with the crowd, then played ‘Matter of Time’ and ‘Cowboy Way’. They informed the audience that they loved to drink before playing ‘Hell of a Time’, ‘You Wouldn’t Know’ and ‘Stampede’.
They then paid tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell and played ‘Alcohaulin’ Ass’, inviting the crowd to sing along with them if they knew the words. As a couple of the members of Hellyeah were in bands with Dimebag Darrell, you could hear the pure emotion in Chad Gray’s voice as he paid tribute to the legend. As Chad is also the lead singer Mudvayne, it was amazing to hear how versatile his voice is and to see a different side to him than what is portrayed of him in Mudvayne (don’t get me wrong, I love Mudvayne, but I love singers who are versatile and can have completely different personas). All in all, they were an exciting live band and who sound a thousand times better live than on CD. Since seeing them live, I have become a big fan.