Rock 'n' roll is one of two jobs in which you are encouraged to set your tools on fire when you're done with them—the other, of course, is dentistry. Hear hot licks with this GrouponLive deal to see Hellyeah at The Opera House. For $20, you get one general-admission ticket on Friday, November 9, at 7 p.m. (up to a $31 value, including all fees).
Hellyeah’s lineup reads like a metal fan’s letter to Santa. Chad Gray, frontman of nu-metal giants Mudvayne, lends his dynamic voice box to the band, purring like an idle car engine before exploding like a monster-truck rampage. Guitarists Greg Tribbett, also of Mudvayne fame, and Tom Maxwell of Nothingface take full command of their axes as they dexterously swing between fret-punishing shreds and playful Southern rock picking and grimacing. Damageplan’s Bob Zilla beefs up the rhythm section in the fat suit of his thundering bass, and iconic metal drummer Vinnie Paul of Pantera and Damageplan scares whack-a-moles back into their holes with his metronomic skins-smashing.
Upon Hellyeah’s inception, the supergroup began sonically emphasizing each member’s strengths on its first two albums. Their self-titled debut and follow-up record, Stampede, yielded such hits as “You Wouldn’t Know,” “Alcohaulin’ Ass,” and “Hell of a Time,” which packs a party-hard, tailgating vibe complete with outlaw rebel yells. Now touring in support of their newest release, Band of Brothers, Hellyeah harkens back to its blistering metal roots with a fresh batch of songs that mix Southern twang and aural brutality, as heard in tracks such as “War in Me” and “Drink, Drank, Drunk.”
Opening act Dance Laury Dance brings hair, leather, and mischief to the stage with high-kicking salutes to brimstone-baked rock ‘n’ roll. Nuclear Blast recording artists Holy Grail purée every subgenre of metal into one mighty force of wizardly thrash, and Canada’s female-fronted Diemonds kick things off with hard-rocking odes to liver damage, steered by Priya Panda’s PBR-fuelled wail. An 1800s-era gilded proscenium arch still hangs over The Opera House's stage, adding a touch of grandeur to a former vaudeville house set shaking in recent years by the blistering sounds of Sick of It All, Gwar, and especially blue ventriloquist acts.