Former HELLYEAH bassist, Jerry Montano, has seen his fair share of controversy in the past three years, perhaps more than any other bass player in recent rock history. And he even now self-proclaims himself (according to his very own Twitter account) as: “Enemy #1, the bass player they love to hate!”
If you recall, back on May 20th, 2007, TheMetalDen.com learned from a source very close to HELLYEAH band that the bassist allegedly made a death threat the night he was ousted from the super group featuring PANTERA great Vinnie Paul Abbott, during the night of April 10th, 2007 during HELLYEAH’s debut CD-release party at The Clubhouse in Dallas, Texas, for what definitely turned into one chaotic and downright disturbing celebration according to this source. It ended reportedly with an alleged death threat being made by the drunk and out of control Jerry Montano, after he was thrown out of the bar for punching his fellow band mate Tom “Tomcat” Maxwell in the face.
At this point, Montano got up off the ground in front of the club, cursing and yelling, finally stating to the small crowd assembled of security and friends standing nearby:
“I am going to go get a gun, come back and shoot everyone!”
Then last year in Oct/2008, Montano suffered another stroke of misfortune when he was reported to have suffered a broken and bloody nose in a raucous hotel fight on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, after a night of hard drinking at the famed Rainbow Bar And Grill, from the alleged hands of country crooner John Rich.
Montano even filed a lawsuit against the singer that November. Papers on that can be viewed here. The outcome of his suit versus Rich (if any has indeed been reached) has yet to be made public.
Now, the musician has apparently found himself taking a recent visit to the hospital, according to one of his latest MySpace updates on July 24th, 2009 – wherein he notes:
“The hospital isn’t like Grey’s Anatomy. Ugh. Poked prodded and shot up with stuff.
It has not been clarified yet as to why Montano needed to go to the hospital, but he does
appear to still be performing in the club scene throughout America as part of the reformed punk rock group GREEN JELLY (a.k.a. GREEN JELLO).
Later in 2007, HELLYEAH went on to announce to the public that former DAMAGEPLAN bassist Bob “Zilla” Kakaha would now officially be the replacement for Jerry Montano. HELLYEAH is reportedly going back into the studio later this year to begin work on their follow-up album.