It has been a tough couple of days for the rock/metal community as everyone mourns the loss of legendary drummer Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH). You can see various tributes from his peers and friends below:
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne):
GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE – Your Compassion for Others & Your Love for Seeing Everybody around You Happy I Will never Forget – Your Heart Of Gold Made The World a Better Place – I’m sure ST.DIME is Holding the Door open for You at GODS TAVERN – LOVE YOU MY BROTHER – tBLSt SDMF tVPt
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich:
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler:
Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.
Vinnie… I told you 100 times I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing had you not changed the world. I was fortunate enough to get to know you as a man and as a true friend. You made me feel good about me. You taught me how. You showed me kindness and allowed me in. I will never forget. Thank you! Safe travels, my friend. R.I.P. @vinniepaul3 #VinniePaul
I remember how excited ‘The Rev’ was when he first met you in Dallas after a show in the early 2000’s. You grabbed him around the neck and said he was a kick ass drummer even though he borrowed some of your chops! We were in shock that Jimmy had met our all time favorite drummer so we all ran to the bar to meet you and proceeded to drink the night away. You were warm and engaging. Our friendship lasted for many years and eventually resulted in a killer rendition of “Mouth for War” at the Revolver Golden Gods, a career highlight. Vegas will never be the same without you. Dallas will never be the same. Metal will never be the same. We have been lucky enough to meet some of our idols and call them friends. You were one of the greatest of all time and a great friend. Today we mourn. – A7X
Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante:
It’s nights like these that make you think of all your friends and loved ones but especially the ones you don’t see anymore. Vinnie was the Glue In Pantera ( to me) , those motherfuckers retaught Me about Metal and most of you too! The numerous shots, the hugs, the finger snapping, the damn hotdog machine in his kitchen, All VINNIE! God dammit I’m fucking upset 😢I love you bro @vinniepaul3
Dez Fafara (DevilDriver, ex-Coal Chamber):
R.I.P #Vinniepaul 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔SHOWN Here with @nealfingtiemann AND Myself right After A GIG IN Dallas cause he showed up to surprise me 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔If you ever met @vinniepaul3 then you knew you were meeting one sweetheart of a man . It was Big Vinn that selected @coalchamberofficial back in the day to tour around the world with @panteraofficial for YEARS , it’s FARE TO SAY that I would not have a career today , Gold Records etc had it not been for Vinnie throwing our name in the hat time and time again and again he went to bat for us when it was Black Sabbath/Pantera / Coal Chamber in fucking soccer stadiums overseas so I OWE THE World to Vinnie .He was the kind of guy that would always ask you how you were and offer to have a drink w ya . Vinnie was this kind of guy , we would get off an airplane from Europe to start a pantera tour tired as fuck on tour for almost two years and the whole front lounge of the bus would be full of pantera swag and I mean tons of shit / or we were just a starving band and he would fill our front lounge every fucking night with Taco Bell or whatever Food they were ordering to make sure we were fed !💔 We had tons of Tears together whenever we ran into each other over the Death of his brother #dime and now they are together as NO DOUBT DIME Was there to greet him as he passed through the veil today . Remember Vinnie for his music , remember Vinnie for his beautiful smile , but Most of all remember Vinnie for being a man with a heart and a very big one , everyone loved vinnie and if you didn’t then none of us liked you and that’s the way it was . TODAY A LEGEND DIED TODAY IS THE FUCKING WORST TODAY A REAL ROCKSTAR PASSED AWAY – today my heart goes out to his family and everyone of the lives he touched and made better / I’m wrecked I’ll be off here a while #restinpeacevinniepaul
Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale:
My heart is broken. Vinnie you were one of the first Rockstars I ever met, you sang “It’s Not You”to me in Texas before it was even a thing. You gave me my first strip club experience and made sure one of the girls danced to “I Get Off”. Not only were you an influence and a supporter of my band but you were such a good friend, always there with a smile, and a blacktooth grin. You always found your way into our life over the years, and we ‘d always pick up right where we left off. You were greatly loved and will always be a part of the Halestorm family! Say hello to your brother for us…and teach them angels to fuckin’ rock! Til next time my brother!
Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer:
My God, we have lost another friend. I don't understand what is happening. The music world has been completely shaken by too many pre-mature deaths the last few years, its horrible. Vinnie Paul was definitely the kindest living legend I've ever met. He endured so much tragedy, yet still had so much more love and positivity. Truly a kind soul with such a giving heart. Just in the last couple years he surprised Korn with some cool gifts. Right after we walked off stage in Dallas we were shocked to find a brand new thundering loud stereo blaring music in our dressing room as we walked in – compliments of Vinnie Paul. And on our European tour with HELLYEAH Vinnie surprised Fieldy with a brand new bass… signed by Paul McCartney. That's the type of person he was. Vinnie, you were one-of-a-kind and will be so missed by countless people. God, let your unconditional love and mercy bring Vinnie Paul back together with his brother, and be with his family through this devastating loss. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8462386/vinnie-paul-dead-pantera-damageplan-hellyeah
Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):
Thank you for the music Vinnie. Thank you for the inspiration. If you’ve ever heard me talk about Pantera in an interview you know how much they mean to me. I’m gutted. In this pic, I was interviewing Vinnie for @revolvermag . I jokingly told him he was the best smelling man in metal, and he totally was😂Anytime I saw him anywhere he was always smiling. Utterly charming. I’ve been enjoying reading all your stories posted today about your experiences with Vinnie. Keep sharing, this is how we grieve in the social media age. Much love and strength to his family, bandmates and friends😭😭
Vinnie Paul inspired our band with his amazing style, incredible sound, and mostly his always friendly, good-time attitude. Machine Head was fortunate to tour with Vinnie 3 times (twice with Pantera, and again with Hell Yeah, Dave toured with him a 4th time in Sacred Reich on the “Vulgar” tour), numerous hangs at festivals in Japan, Australia, and the UK, and far too many blurry nights at the Clubhouse in Dallas. He was always ready for a rage, always with a smile, and ALWAYS ready with a shot of Crown or Skyy Vodka. Vinnie even played “Halo” with us helping out his friend Dave when his mom passed away on tour. He practiced all day to learn the song and his dedication showed in his performance. Rest In Peace Vinnie Paul, you are gone far too soon.
In This Moment:
So sad, what a loss. Another true metalhead has left us way too soon. Vinnie and Pantera were some of the first people to welcome me with open arms when I first moved to Dallas in 1992. Had so many great times together. Here’s a photo of Vinnie dressed as me during a Hellyeah halloween show. To me, that was the coolest. I will miss you, friend. Rest In Peace. I know Dime is waiting for you. @hellyeahofficial @panteraofficial @vinniepaul3 #ripvinniepaul
Alice In Chains:
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage):
Hatebreed‘s Jamey Jasta:
Nonpoint’s Elias Soriano:
I'm glad I got to see you in Vegas my brother. My heart is broken. This picture of my first time at Vinnie's house is a memory that I will always hold dear. But the second time I was invited to Vinnie's… It was quite simply one of the greatest nights of my life. To say Vinnie was the host of all hosts would be the understatement of a lifetime. It was a day off in Fort Worth.. Vinnie heard we were 30 miles away. So he sends a car to pick us up. When we get to his house theres a limo waiting for us and we climb in. Seconds later he jumps in, smiles HUGE and we start the party. We make our way to a comedy club, parked ourselves front and center, laughed our asses off and had a few beers. When I noticed things were wrapping up I grabbed my wallet, called over the waitress and asked for my check. She says, "Oh Vinnie got all the drinks." So I grabbed the last $7 cash I had for the night and left it as a tip. We all got up and proceeded to head over to the biggest cowboy bar I've ever been to. We all settle into a giant booth and I step away to grab a beer as I didn't want to seem like I was there just to drink for free. I feel a hand on my shoulder and look up and there's Vin.. "What the hell are you doing? Put your fucking money away I got you tonight." I smiled and put my credit card away (he knew I was broke as hell at the time). After about an hour or so there it was off to the Clubhouse, where we sat in front of two washtubs full of drinks and had about 2 hours of loud, hilarious conversations and good times. About 3am hits and the club was closing so it was off to his house. We pull up, Vinnie walks in, directs everyone to the pool area, then he goes straight upstairs and puts on a bathing suit and makes his way to us outside. We all get down to our underwear and all jump in the water. When Vinnie gets back downstairs THE FIRST THING HE DID WAS PULL THE COVER OFF OF THE GRILL AND START IT UP. Then calls me inside where he starts marinating chicken wings and explaining to me the sauces and having me try them as we season them up. We eat, drink and basically party all night to the early morning. $7 and love went a long way. Miss you Vin.
Guns N’ Roses’ Slash & Duff McKagan:
Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler:
Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):
Hello Regina Saskatchewan. Thank u very much for having us. we are honoured to play for you tonight @casino_regina Tonight's show will be dedicated to the Memory + life + times of my friend Vinnie Paul. I want to say thank u to the people of Edmonton for last night. We were having the greatest time. It was a great show. Then at the last song we got the news. I can't imagine what it was like for the crowd to go through this with us. I will never forget this night Edmonton. Thank you for being true metal friends and understand that we are all humans. Rock in Peace Vinnie Paul This one's for you #HomeAwayFromHome @panteraofficial