I had just gotten home to my apartment after a rousing and quite fun show by the Dropkick Murphy’s last night when my mobile started buzzing with texts from friends with news that I hated to read on my screen. It appeared that influential Heavy Metal drummer Vinnie Paul had died. The news was first broadcast across the Official Pantera Facebook Page (of which Vinnie was a founding member) and this statement has been embedded for you below the photo.
The Statement: “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time”.
Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.
A founding member of Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HellYeah, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.
His most recent release, Hellyeah’s UNDEN!ABLE contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.
Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy. Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time.
From the photos and the videos that he was a part of, it sure looked like Vinnie brought the party with him. Though I never met him in an official capacity I did get to shake his hand one time when he paid a visit to B.B. King Blues Club (now shuttered) when the band Fozzy was performing back in 2010. This was a fun night that was loaded with other Metal musicians of note and at one point, Vinnie came onto the stage with an entourage and a tray loaded with shots. In addition to his work with Pantera and Hellyeah, Vinnie Paul was also in the band Damageplan with his brother Dimebag Darrell that they formed shortly after the dissolution of Pantera. Historically speaking, I only think I saw Pantera once and Hellyeah a handful of times. I never caught Damageplan and that band ended once Dime was no longer with us.
With no cause of death being revealed at the time of this news, I don’t have much more to say other than thank you for the Metal inspiration and fun that you put out there. As a musician myself during the late eighties and nineties, I found the stuff he did on the Pantera albums I owned to be so educational. I always enjoyed watching Vinnie play live as well and that is where these images are from. A Hellyeah appearance on the Rockstar Mayhemfest when they played at Jones Beach in 2015. It was the final year of that festival if you didn’t already know that. Rest In Power Mr. Abbott, you are once again reunited with your brother and can raise all sorts of Cain in the great beyond. We send the deepest of condolences to his family, friends, band mates and worldwide fans during this time. More can be learned about Vinnie Paul on his Wikipedia entry and music that he made so dynamic can be played at maximum volume in his honor care of the releases I’ve linked below.
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinnie_Paul