In a recent conversation with Revolver, Hellyeah vocalist Chad Gray vented a bit in regards to himself and drummer Vinnie Paul. This was responding the people constantly asking for Mudvayne and Pantera reunions. This is especially following someone teasing the fans via Mudvayne social networks and Chad previously making statements saying Mudvayne would be no more.
Here are segments of what he had to say in the most recent go around:
“As an artist—or whatever you do—you wanna be respected for your work. But even after all the records we’ve done, there’s still the stigma of Pantera and Mudvayne and everyone wanting the reunions and all this shit, so it was like, ‘Is what we’re doing not good enough?’ I think it was this unspoken headspace that we had going into this new record, and when I was writing the song ‘Be Unden!able,’ I came up with the line, ‘If you’re tired of being denied, be undeniable and dot your I’s on the bottom.’ And dotting your I’s on the bottom is an exclamation point. So I think the name ‘Unden!able‘ kind of validates what HELLYEAH does.”
“Tragically, even if Vinnie [Paul, drummer] wanted to, Pantera can never do a reunion. You can’t do a reunion without a member of a band. I think that people forget the emotional aspect of this: Vinnie watched his brother get tragically murdered in front of him, and what’s on their mind? They wanna see a Pantera reunion. I’m not trying to call people out as assholes, but people are kind of assholes. They forget that he had to live this.”
“With Mudvayne, it is what it is. I’m tired of stringing people along. I still talk to the guys; we’re cool. But for many reasons, Mudvayne doesn’t exist anymore. Someone posted that “Mudvayne 201?” thing online [hinting at a possible Mudvayne reunion] and they shouldn’t have done that because it’s fucking with Mudvayne fans emotionally, which isn’t fair. I don’t want to wind people up, but who am I to say that can never happen again? But I’m certainly not gonna say that it can.”