94.3 KILO Presents


Nonpoint, DEEPFALL

Fri Nov 29 2019

7:00 pm

$37.50 - $169.00

This event is all ages

HELLYEAH: The Story So Far…
The terms "super-group" and "short-lived" are invariably synonymous. Here's the all-too-familiar tale: talented individuals from different bands join forces to a huge fanfare of hype and all is well. But then, a mere album/tour cycle or two later, the so-called "super-group" implodes and disappears. History has proven this irrefutable truth time and time again…

Thankfully, every rule has an exception, and HELLYEAH 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. Unfortunately, as we are all acutely aware, the band's story took a tragic twist on June 22, 2018, when world-renowned drummer Vinnie Paul left this mortal coil to be reunited with his beloved brother, Dimebag Darrell. Dauntless, the heartbroken HELLYEAH bravely soldiered on to complete the album Vinnie had already recorded his drum parts for - the outfit's sixth offering, the brand new Welcome Home. "The world deserves to hear Vinnie's last piece of work," lead guitarist Christian Brady states. "He was so proud of it. There was definitely a huge sense of responsibility to honor his legacy."

HELLYEAH is the brainchild of Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray and Nothingface founder Tom Maxwell. It became a reality in 2006, when the pair successfully convinced Vinnie Paul, the legendary drummer of Pantera and Damageplan, to pick up his sticks again after the tragic loss of his equally legendary brother. The first few times Chad and Tom asked Vinnie to join HELLYEAH, his answer was no. Years later, says Chad, Vinnie - sporting his trademark grin - told him that the two had been "'real persistent, and also had a really infectious, positive attitude,' so he eventually decided to give it a go." Hard rock and metal fans all over the globe joyously celebrated Vinnie's return, and HELLYEAH was immediately dubbed "a heavy metal super-group" by press and public alike.

The band's self-titled debut hit the streets in 2007, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 9.
In 2010, Stampede hit No. 8 on the same prestigious chart, and 2012's Band of Brothers proved that HELLYEAH was in it for the long haul. "I honestly feel that Vinnie found something with us that gave him that passion again," Tom states. "HELLYEAH reignited his fire and made him love getting back on stage again. That's what's kept us all going for so long - our genuine love for what we do."

For the band's ever-growing legion of fans, 2014's Blood for Blood was the "bar-setting" release they'd been anxiously anticipating since day one. This critically acclaimed album deservedly debuted at
No.1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. It also saw the group's membership stabilize in rock-solid fashion with the introduction of Christian Brady on lead guitar and Kyle Sanders on bass.

As a result of the burgeoning success of Blood for Blood, HELLYEAH toured the globe for 18 grueling yet glorious months. Then, after a mere two-week break, the boys started working on album #5.
The resulting release, 2016's metal masterpiece UNDEN!ABLE, continued the brutal bombast of its predecessor.

"As well as being one of the best drummers of all time, Vinnie also knew his way around songs really well," Maxwell reveals. "His input was always really positive and he taught me how to harness hooks and really focus on riffs, while not being busy or disjointed. His philosophy, especially since Blood for Blood, was to write songs that were so musically good that you could listen to them without vocals and they'd still take you for a ride. We really reigned in on that art on this new album, Welcome Home."

In late 2017, after another successful bout of touring, HELLYEAH started work on album six with their producer from Blood for Blood, Kevin Churko. "Kevin is a huge part of the HELLYEAH family," Christian Brady states. "He's brought a lot of things out of this band." All was going well - really well - until Friday, June 22, 2018, when the heart-wrenching news of Vinnie Paul's sudden and unexpected passing quite literally stunned the hard rock world into silence. He was 54 years young…

"We were so far ahead with the music that we decided to take a little breather, to give Chad some time to work on his melody lines and lyrics," Sanders states. "We all left the studio that Thursday evening, Tom and myself flew home on Friday, and Vinnie passed that night."

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."

Despite their unimaginable feelings of loss and pain, the four remaining HELLYEAH members regrouped to do what they knew Vinnie would want them to do: finish what he'd started. And driven by their love, loyalty, reverence, and respect for their fallen brother, they did exactly that. The result is Welcome Home - a truly stunning album that does both Vinnie's memory and groundbreaking legacy proud.

"I was in the studio working with Kevin [Churko] when I got the call…and everything just went blank," Chad reveals. "It was as if something just reached in and ripped out my soul, my life, my motor-skills, my everything. But, the day after Vinnie passed, I was sitting on a bed and I had a conversation with him just like I'm talking to you now - out loud. And I said, 'Brother, it would be so easy for me to open my hand, blow, and just walk away from this - but I will not do that. I'm gonna make you a promise right now: I'm gonna finish this because I love you, I respect you, and this is your last work. I have to finish this. As hard as it's gonna be, I'm gonna finish this.' At that point, Vinnie became my muse - he was my fire. He was my sun. He was my everything to get me through this."

"We all felt Vinnie's presence and energy in the studio," Maxwell confirms. "His spirit was definitely there, and it gave us the fire to finish Welcome Home in the way we felt was right and also honorable to him. Chad's vocals and lyrics speak volumes too - he really dug deep on this one."

In addition to the nine cuts Vinnie played on, an extra song, "Skyy and Water," was added. "I wrote the music the day after Vinnie died," Maxwell reveals. "It's a very bitter, emotionally draining piece for me. I wanted the sorrow and loss I was feeling to come out in the music, and Chad's lyrics said exactly what I was feeling. The first time I heard them, it broke me in half. That song is our heartfelt 'Goodbye and Thank You' note to Vinnie."

"My biggest regret is him not being with us to hear the finished album," Tom concludes. "I can picture it now: Vinnie Paul cruising down Las Vegas Boulevard in his Escalade, cranking Welcome Home to 11 with that famous smile on his face."

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.

On May 11, 2019, the band performed live at the Las Vegas House of Blues to celebrate Vinnie Paul's legendary life and game-changing legacy. The night marked the first time the band has taken the stage since Paul's passing, and the debut of Stone Sour member Roy Mayorga as fill-in. In a poignant moment during the set, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Kats (Katsilometes) presented the band with an official proclamation from the Clark County Board of Commissioners declaring May 11, 2019, as "Vinnie Paul Day," for his incomparable role as a musician, and helping make the entertainment industry in the City of Las Vegas what it is today. A portion of the proceeds from the sold-out show were donated to the American Heart Association (AHA) in honor of Vinnie Paul.

The worldwide release date for Welcome Home is set for September 27, 2019.

An 18-city headlining summer outing will kick off on Tuesday, July 23, in Atlanta, and will culminate in a special hometown celebration on Saturday, August 17, in Dallas, Texas. Full routing and tickets available on www.hellyeahband.com. 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 AHA.

As Kyle Sanders so succinctly stated: "While Vinnie Paul is obviously irreplaceable, one thing we can't not do is tour. As easy as it would be to say we're not going on the road, we have to. Vinnie would be extremely disappointed in us if we didn't promote this record properly. He'd be pissed off at all of us for putting all this work into finishing the record and then just letting it sit there on the shelf while we put a couple of songs to radio and whatever…and we know that."
Commitment to forward motion ensures longevity.
After 20-plus years, ten full-length releases, countless sold out shows, and over one million albums sold worldwide, Nonpoint endure through sustaining an unbreakable bond among themselves and to a diehard fan base all over the globe.
On 2018’s aptly titled tenth offering, X [Spinefarm Records], the quintet—Elias Soriano [vocals], Robb Rivera [drums], Rasheed Thomas [guitar], Adam Woloszyn [bass], and B.C. Kochmit [guitar]—not only maintain the momentum, but also amplify the intensity. Signature grooves hit with haymaker force bolstered by hip-hop cadences, thrashed-out six-string precision, and unshakable melodies.
Reaching this milestone, time increased the hunger they shared.
“As long as people want us to keep writing records, we’re going to keep writing records,” exclaims Rivera. “We have a special understanding in the studio, and the chemistry has only gotten better. We live for every moment on stage. We don’t want to ever stop.”
“I don’t see why we shouldn’t be on our tenth record,” Soriano admits. “Since we are so deep into our career, we wanted to do something serious for number ten. We really took our time. We’ve been honing in on writing something like this for two decades. Every single song received its due. Now, our end game is just to go until the fucking wheels come off.”
Since their 1997 formation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, that mindset has fueled every move. 2000’s Statement lived up to its name, introducing a hypnotic hybrid of deft lyricism and crushing hooks evinced by the breakout single “What A Day.” Following Development in 2002, Recoil spawned a hyper-charged cover of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” which went on to soundtrack a key moment of the 2006 Miami Vice blockbuster reboot starring Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx. Meanwhile, To The Pain represented a high watermark. It impressively sold 130,000 copies stateside as “Bullet With A Name” and “Alive and Kicking” emerged as radio and concert staples.
Never slowing down, Vengeance [2007] and Miracle [2010] set the stage for the one-two punch of Nonpoint [2012] and The Return [2014]. The latter bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, #3 on the Top Alternative Albums Chart, #5 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, #7 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, and in the Top 40 of the Top 200. Additionally, its lead single “Breaking Skin” stood out as “the most-played song on SiriusXM for 2015.” Album number nine The Poison Red continued the current hot streak two years later as the band regularly averaged over 650K monthly listeners on Spotify. Along the way, they’ve held their own on bills alongside everyone from Disturbed and Megadeth to Papa Roach and Stone Sour.
Preparing to kick off a new chapter, the guys did something they hadn’t done in thirteen years…
“We took almost a year off,” recalls Rivera. “When we did get back together, nobody posted anything on social media. We dove right into it quietly and without expectations. It felt great to have the time.”
Returning to Chicago, Nonpoint congregated in a room, jammed, and created music on-the-spot, leading to “the perfect reintroduction to the writing process.” With Fred Archambault [Avenged Sevenfold] behind the board as producer at Uptown Recording Studio, they laid down all ten tracks in 22 days.
“We joke that he was our ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’,” smiles Soriano. “He was really encouraging. It was a breath of fresh air, and it brought us to another level. It goes without saying we’d love to work together again.”
X opener “Empty Batteries” kicks in the door with a battering ram riff underscored by an airtight beat. Written with the intention of “creating an introduction,” the flurry gives way to a haunting, hypnotic, and huge refrain.
“For the most part, it’s really about looking inside,” says the frontman. “You’re reaching down, getting into a battle with yourself, and realizing there’s more to be done. A lot of people today need coaching or permission to fill their batteries—but they can do it themselves. They simply need to have a fucking dream and a goal. You’re getting the last little bit of gusto, refilling it, and going again.”
“Chaos & Earthquakes” hinges on airy guitars, resounding keys, ripping solos, and rapid fire flows before a pummeling chant. “It really discusses the state of things lately,” he goes on. “We’re watching an end-of-days scenario play out constantly in the media. The lyrics urge getting away from the madness. I, myself, literally stopped watching. I didn’t want to feel that anymore.”
Elsewhere, “Fix This” builds from a hushed verse towards one of the group’s catchiest choruses yet, “You don’t really want to fix this.” The power goes from zero to sixty on “Dodge Your Destiny” as the closer “Position One” leaves a relatable final word under poetic spitting and squealing string bends. “It happens to all of us,” adds Soriano. “You want to move forward, but you’re stuck in a circular lifestyle. You can break the cycle though.”
In the end, Nonpoint will never stop, and the legacy only grows with X.
“It’s probably our best record we’ve done musically,” Rivera leaves off. “There are elements of every album. We put it all on the line. I hope fans walk away satisfied.”
“Nonpoint is part of our DNA,” concludes Soriano. “Our families and friends all know how deep-rooted all of us are in this project. It’s defined us for over two decades. We’re pretty fucking lucky and blessed.” – Rick Florino, June 2018
DEEPFALL conjures an enveloping storm of carefully crafted hard rock that strikes the soul with stinging honesty.
Cutting to the bone with soaring instrumental passages, spirited choruses, and precisely placed breakdowns, the band thrives in the expanse of rock ’n’ roll’s vast sub-genres.
Masterfully capturing thematic darkness, the band leaves a sonic trail of scorched post-apocalyptic earth behind its musical machine, blazing a path through the heaviness of life with an equally heavy response.
Situated in Greenville, Michigan, the group’s current lineup, which began to take shape in 2015, is comprised of Rich Hopkins (vocals/guitar), James Sullivan (drums), Tim King (keyboards), Anthony Schnobel (lead guitar), and Taylor Brandt (bass).
In a short time, DEEPFALL has carved its place in the American rock scene with broad, muscular soundscapes forged in the studio and resurrected onstage. The band’s latest release, “Awaken” employs a signature brand of soulful songwriting rounded out by an unapologetic combination of surging guitars, rattling bass, mesmerizing keyboards, heavy drums and Hopkins’ roaring lead vocals.
Behind the veil of these ferocious soundscapes, DEEPFALL emerges as an outfit of determined musicians with a deep love for their craft and a hope to connect with listeners through engaging story-driven rock.
DEEPFALL has supported national acts such as Hinder, SOiL, Tantric, Smile Empty Soul, Saving Abel, The Iron Maidens, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Wayland, while having performed at venues such as The Intersection, The Stache, and The Music Factory. The band continues to play regionally, write new music, and keep its collective foot pressed down on the gas pedal towards endless possibility.
Venue Information:
Black Sheep
2106 E. Platte Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80909