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.
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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. 🤘😎🤘
Written By Braddon S. Williams
PANTERA: FAR BEYOND DRIVEN
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.
“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.