Today (Saturday, June 22) marks the first anniversary of the passing of PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul, who died at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease.

Vinnie was buried on June 30, 2018, next to his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as a gift to Vinnie‘s family. According to The Pulse Of Radio, attendees included original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger, ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, FOZZY‘s Chris Jerichoand ROUGH CUTT‘s Paul Shortino.

Born on March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas to Carolyn and her then-husband, country singer and songwriter Jerry Abbott, Vinnie and his brother, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, founded PANTERA in 1981 along with bassist Rex Brown. After three moderately hard-rocking independent albums, the band recruited singer Philip Anselmo and evolved into a much heavier-sounding act. Their 1990 major label debut, “Cowboys From Hell”, made them pioneers of a new kind of sound that combined thrash metal riffing with grinding groove-laden rhythms and an almost industrial precision.

PANTERA became one of the most influential metal bands of the ’90s, churning out classic albums like “Vulgar Display Of Power” and “Far Beyond Driven”, the latter of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. When the band broke up in the early 2000s due to tensions between the Abbotts and Anselmo, the brothers started a new band called DAMAGEPLAN.

But that came to an end on December 8, 2004, when Darrell Abbott was shot dead onstage at the age of 38 by a deranged gunman as the band performed at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Vinnie never spoke with Anselmo again after his brother’s death, reportedly feeling that some things Anselmo said about Darrell in the press may have set the killer off.

Two years after his brother’s death, Vinnie returned to music with the group HELLYEAH, which also featured members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. Vinnierecorded a total of six albums with the band over the past decade, including the upcoming “Welcome Home”, for which he laid down his drum tracks before his death.

In the days following Vinnie‘s death, the heavy metal community paid tribute to the PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN co-founder.

“Can’t believe it. R.I.P to our brother Vinnie Paul,” ANTHRAX tweeted, while Paul Stanley of KISS — whose former member Peter Criss was one of Vinnie‘s biggest influences — wrote: “So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when PANTERA did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family.”

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler reminisced about his time touring with Abbott, calling him a “true original.” “Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul‘s passing,” Butler wrote on Twitter. “Had some good laughs when we toured with PANTERA. Gone too soon.”

“Rest in peace, Vinnie,” KISS bassist Gene Simmonswrote on Twitter. “Our prayers and good wishes go to his family, friends and fans.”

Today Marks First Anniversary Of VINNIE PAUL’s Death

Friday May 24th, Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s grave marker was officially installed next to that of his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Two pictures of the gravesite were released via PANTERA‘s social media, along with the message: “We ask that you please be respectful when visiting the brothers’ graves.”

A message engraved on Vinnie Paul‘s grave marker reads: “Don’t ever think it’s not a good time, if you do think it’s not a good time. A good time is a good time, a bad time is a bad time, and a wonderful time is irreplaceable. Hellyeah!”

The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer was buried on June 30, 2018 next to Dimebag and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISSmembers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie‘s family’s request. Vinnie was also buried in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.

Speakers at the service included former GRIM REAPERguitarist Nick Bowcott and SiriusXM DJ Jose Mangin. Also appearing at the event were original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger, ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, FOZZY‘s Chris Jericho and ROUGH CUTT‘s Paul Shortino.

Vinnie‘s brother was buried in the original Kiss Kasket prototype in 2004 after his untimely death. The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of KISS, the KISS logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Both Abbotts were huge fans, especially Darrell, who was shot dead by a gunman in December 2004.

A public memorial for Vinnie Paul was held on July 1, 2018 at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. 

Vinnie passed away on June 22, 2018 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. He died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.

Not long before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for HELLYEAH‘s sixth album, “Welcome Home”, which will be released in September.

VINNIE PAUL’s Grave Marker Next To That Of His Brother, DIMEBAG

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This is me when I heard “10s” by Pantera for the first time. Haha.

I remember where I was and what year it was the first time I listened to it back in 06 in my first apartment. Listening to the album track to track and boom! There it was. I was blown away. I wasn’t ready… Haha. It’s such an intense song. I can’t stress that enough. RIP DIME. RIP VINNIE PAUL. 🤘😎🤘

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Written By Braddon S. Williams


In 1994 PanterA released what arguably stands as the heaviest album to ever top the Billboard charts with Far Beyond Driven. The Texas titans were on a mission to outdo their previous release, Vulgar Display Of Power, in the decibel derby, resulting in a rocket ride to #1.

Tons of touring and hands on meet & greets with their fans had made PanterA one of the most popular metal bands of all time. Regardless of chart position, Far Beyond Driven is a nearly flawless slab of righteous metal fury.

PanterA were virtually untouchable in the ’90’s and proudly kept metal alive at a time when it became nearly invisible due to grunge and alternative rock.

I love the entire album, but some of my personal highlights are Throes Of Rejection, Becoming, Five Minutes Alone, Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills, Slaughtered, and I’m Broken.

Their cover of Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan is a nice little departure from the brutality to close out the album, and does justice to the original with an exceptional guitar solo from Dimebag Darrell.

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“Live In A Hole” by Pantera

“I promised myself somewhere in the teenage life

I’d never submit to the ones I will not be like

Live in a hole

But stay close to my kind

Cause they understand what burns in my mind”

Pantera’s music is the stuff of legends. Nothing will ever be better than this.


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