HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell Pays Tribute To Vinnie Paul On The First Anniversary Of His Death

HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell has penned an open letter to his late bandmate Vinnie Paul. You can see what he had to say below. The legendary drummer passed away one year ago today (June 22).

Maxwell’s letter:

“Vince,

In the blink of an eye everything changed. I’m writing you this letter to tell you how much I miss and love you. Never could I have imagined you not being here with us anymore. There’s so much all of us lost when you left us. Your smile, your infectious laugh, your always steadfast care of all those around you. Everything has changed now.

Our family is just shards of what it used to be. It seemed like everyday was harder then the one before it. It’s hard just knowing that you’re not here to lift everyone up and make everything better with just the simplest things you always used to do. It’s hard waking up and trying to navigate thru such murky waters. We’re doing our best, some better then others, some not so much.

Grief is just love with no place to go and that’s how I feel sometimes. Our record is coming out soon and I know you would be hella proud of it. We’ve committed to represent the record and honor your memory and what you would have wanted us to do. But it’s not easy. Passions have been diluted and almost lost to certain degrees but in the end I just think about how disappointed you would be if we didn’t move on. To what eventual extent I do not know.

I go for days/weeks sometimes without even looking at a guitar. My desire and hunger for all of it suffers greatly but I know that it’s temporary. Or at least I hope so. Maybe going back on the road and surrounding myself with the HY family will help resurrect my love affair with music and playing. I know you would want that from me and everyone else.

You were always so positive and not one to dwell in negativity. I’m trying, we’re all trying. We love you Vince and we miss you terribly. I’m going to put my hat back on, lace up my Chuck’s, put on my guitar and deliver/destroy and represent HY the best best way I can. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for encouraging me, letting me into your life and most of all, being my dear friend. I miss you and hope that we get to see each other again someday on the other side. Until then.

Your friend,
Maxwell“

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Vince,  In the blink of an eye everything changed. I amm writing you this letter to tell you how much I miss and love you. Never could I have imagined you not being here with us anymore. There is so much all of us lost when you left us. Your smile, your infectious laugh, your always steadfast care of all those around you. Everything has changed now. Our family is just shards of what it used to be. It seemed like everyday was harder then the one before it. It's hard just knowing that you're not here to lift everyone up and make everything better with just the simplest things you always used to do. It's hard waking up and trying to navigate thru such murky waters. We're doing our best, some better then others, some not so much. Grief is just love with no place to go and that's how I feel sometimes. Our record is coming out soon and I know you would be hella proud of it. We've committed to represent the record and honor your memory and what you would have wanted us to do. But it's not easy. Passions have been diluted and almost lost to certain degrees but in the end I just think about how disappointed you would be if we didn't move on. To what eventual extent I do not know. I go for days/weeks sometimes without even looking at a guitar. My desire and hunger for all of it suffers greatly but I know that it's temporary. Or at least I hope so. Maybe going back on the road and surrounding myself with the HY family will help resurrect my love affair with music and playing. I know you would want that from me and everyone else. You were always so positive and not one to dwell in negativity. I am trying, we're all trying. We love you Vince and we miss you terribly. I'm going to put my hat back on, lace up my Chucks, put on my guitar and deliver/destroy and represent HY the best best way I can. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for encouraging me, letting me into your life and most of all, being my dear friend. I miss you and hope that we get to see each other again someday on the other side. Until then. Your friend,  MaxwellÂ

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KnuckleBonz To Release New Pantera Statues

KnuckleBonz will be releasing “Cowboys From Hell” era Rock Iconz statues of Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown this fall. The hand painted figurines are 8.5″ tall and each one will be limited to 3,000. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul’s Memorial Marker Officially Placed At Texas Grave Site

The grave marker for late Pantera, HELLYEAH, etc. drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has officially been placed at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, TX. Abbott passed away on June 22, 2018 at the age of 54 due to heart related issues. He was buried near his late brother and bandmate Dimebag Darrell Abbott and their late mother Carolyn. R.I.P.

HELLYEAH Play First Show Since Vinnie Paul’s Passing, May 11th Declared “Vinnie Paul Day” In Clark County, Nevada

HELLYEAH took the stage for the first time since the tragic death of Vinnie Paul for a special tribute show at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, NV last night (May 11). Footage from the concert, which saw the band performing with guest drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), can be seen below. It’s worth noting that the set included the live debut of “333” and covers of Pantera’s “I’m Broken” and “Walk.” Furthermore, the day was also declared “Vinnie Paul Day” in Clark County, NV. You can see footage of the proclamation below as well.

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Clark County proclaimed today as Vinnie Paul Day #vinniepaul

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HELLYEAH Announce Celebration Of Life Concert For Vinnie Paul

HELLYEAH have announced a special celebration of life concert for their late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, etc.). The event will take place at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, NV on May 11. Package deals are available now and general tickets will go on sale March 8 at 10 AM PST. The group’s new album will be released later this year and they recently filmed a video for its first single (reportedly titled “3”). The effort will feature Abbott’s final recordings.

Dave Mustaine Says He Once Asked Dimebag Darrell To Join Megadeth

During a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Mustaine revealed that he actually contacted Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) about joining Megadeth in the late 80’s. However, things didn’t end up working out because Mustaine had just hired drummer Nick Menza and the guitarist said he would only join if his brother Vinnie Paul (Pantera) could join too.

Here’s an exchange from the interview:

Were you and Dimebag Darrell into each other’s gear? Did you have different philosophies on the instruments you played?

“I did not. He may have, because he was a better guitar player than I am, and he was much more into that stuff. Being a bandleader/guitar player/rhythm player/lead player/blah blah blah, I don’t have the availability to spend as much time working on my solos as I’d like to. But I’m also very satiated with what I’ve done with my career.

“And with Darrell, when you look at his playing, he’s a monster. He’s one of those guys that in trios, with the bottom dropping out, he was really able to keep that going. Of course, on the studio releases, there was an additional track going, but live, that’s the real litmus test, right? And he was a spectacle to watch.

“I actually called him up and asked him to play in Megadeth. Fate would have completely changed if I would have called him before I called Nick Menza. I said, ‘Hey, Darrell, I’m looking for a guitar player.’ And he goes, ‘Can I bring my brother?’ And I went, ‘Who’s your brother?’ He goes, ‘Vinnie Paul! Don’t you know Vinnie Paul?’ He wanted to bring his brother and have him play with us, and I go, ‘Oh, man, I just hired Nick Menza.’ Can you imagine what Vinnie and Darrell would have been with me and Junior [David Ellefson]? Would’ve been pretty cool.”

HELLYEAH Asking Fans To Submit Photos Of Themselves With Vinnie Paul For Their New Album Artwork

HELLYEAH are asking fans to submit photos of themselves with the late Vinnie Paul for their new album artwork. The effort will be the band’s last to feature the legendary drummer and teasers for it can be found HERE. If you have a picture you would like to submit, head to the group’s Facebook page.

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!!Attention Hellions!! We want you to be a part of our upcoming album art! Go to the link in our profile to post a photo of yourself with Vinnie Paul =========================================== **You may only submit one photograph, and such photograph should only contain your image and Vinnie Paul. If your photograph contains third parties, your photograph will not be used. By submitting your photograph below, you grant to Hellyeah, and Hellyeah’s assigns and licensees, the perpetual right and license throughout the universe to use and exploit your photograph, image and likeness for any purpose whatsoever in any and all media now known or hereafter devised.** =========================================== ***If you do not agree to the foregoing, do not submit your photograph***

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