Rock & Metal Artists Mourn The Loss Of Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH)

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):

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.

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Avenged Sevenfold:

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

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante:

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

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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale:

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.

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Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

Machine Head:

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.

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Foo Fighters:

In This Moment:

King Diamond:

Alice In Chains:

Remembering our friend Vinnie Paul today. A good man gone way too soon.

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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.

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Guns N’ Roses’ Slash & Duff McKagan:

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler:

Alice Cooper:

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):


Watch Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Stop Graspop Metal Meeting Show After A Fan Gets Injured

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows stopped the band’s June 22 set at the 2018 Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium after a fan was knocked unconscious. You can see footage of that below:

Beartooth Finish New Album

It looks like Beartooth have officially finished their new album. Caleb Shomo posted the following:

[via The PRP]

Tom Morello (Prophets Of Rage, Etc.) Undergoes Surgery After Fracturing His Hand

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage) has undergone surgery after fracturing his hand on June 21. He shared the below photo of that. Despite this, the guitarist is planning to hit the stage with Prophets Of Rage at the Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden on June 26.

Report: Vinnie Paul’s Death Was The Result Of A Major Heart Attack

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, people who knew Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) are saying his death was the result of a “major heart attack.” However, an official cause of death has yet to be confirmed. TMZ are reporting that once the medical examiner does determine his cause of death, his body will be flown back to Texas. The 54-year-old drummer passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on June 22. R.I.P.

In other news, HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell has since commented:

“Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place.

Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close.

Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.

—Maxwell 💔”

HELLYEAH’s label Eleven Seven Music Group also issued a statement:

“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.”

Vinnie Paul’s longtime girlfriend Chelsea Yeager also posted the following:

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, who has had a troubled relationship with Vinnie Paul over the years, also shared a picture of a lit candle:

Pantera’s Rex Brown has since tweeted as well: