Late Pantera Members Featured In Clip From Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault”

The first full segment of the 2020 edition of late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault” series is set to be released on April 25. A clip from the series featuring late Pantera members Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul can be seen below:

The following statement was shared with the footage:

“Getting very close to completing the first full segment from the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” series that will be available on Saturday, April 25, streaming via official Nick Menza Facebook / YouTube.

In this segment, “Behind the scenes with Menza” will feature the late drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in Megadeth, Pantera, Stone Temple Pilots, “Dimebag” Darrell & Vinnie Paul Abbot, Phil Anselmo, late Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, Marty Friedman and road crew. The segment will also include unreleased live concert footage of Pantera and Stone Temple captured during October / January of 1992 when Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots opened for Megadeth on the “Countdown To Extinction Tour”

A full documentary – The intimate life and career of Nick Menza – The story of the late, legendary drummer who spent a decade recording and touring with MEGADETH – From he’s early days with MEGADETH to his final project OHM is also in the works Stay tuned!”

Zakk Wylde Says He Is Still Open To Doing A Pantera Tribute Tour With Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown

Prior to Vinnie Paul’s tragic death, there was some talk about the possibility of doing a Pantera tribute tour with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, etc.) filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell. Now, during a recent interview on The Cassius Morris Show, Wylde said he is still open to the possibility of doing something with surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown.

Wylde said the following:

“When Saint Vinnie was still around, they were talking about it then. I mean, the way I always looked at it is it’s a Pantera celebration and an honor. I mean, every night I’m playing with Ozz, we honor Saint Rhoads. I’m playing the Randy stuff every night, and I’m blessed and it’s an honor to do it. Basically, we’re paying tribute to Randy every night — keeping his music alive.

If we got together and we ended up doing it, it would be like… I just look at it like if Eric Clapton went out and was with Mitch and Noel and singing and playing Jimi’s songs, and he’s honoring Jimi, ’cause that was his buddy.

No one’s replacing anybody. No one’s replacing Randy Rhoads — he was a one-off. Just like no one’s replacing Jimi Hendrix and no one’s replacing Dime or Vinnie.

If Zeppelin was going out, and if Jason’s playing drums, no one’s replacing his father. What they’re doing is celebrating his father’s greatness and what he achieved and all the mountains he conquered with Zeppelin.

It’s more of a tribute and a celebration than it is… You can’t replace any of these people I’m talking about — they’re all legendary guys. But, yeah, you’re just celebrating all their achievements — that’s all.”

[via Blabbermouth]

HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell: “Whether There’s Ever Going To Be Another Record, I Don’t Know”

HELLYEAH will be releasing their final album with the late Vinnie Paul Abbott, “Welcome Home,” on September 27, but it is still unclear if it will be their last or not. Tom Maxwell recently opened up about the band moving forward without Abbott during an interview with Outburn and said “whether there’s ever going to be another record, [he doesn’t] know.”

Maxwell said the following about touring without Abbott:

“My love affair with touring and being a part of the whole grind has suffered greatly from losing him. If we are evolving more emotionally and just trying to take those steps to heal, we want to be able to get back out on tour and be excited about it. The tour we just finished was our first in two years. It was our first tour without Vince ever, and I was emotionally crippled.

I was almost vomiting every morning leading into it just because of my nerves, anxiety, and fear levels were at extreme heights. I think down the road if and when we ever do another record, it’s gonna be completely different. That’s going to be the big test. Vince is not gonna be there. I’m not going to go in there and write songs and have somebody go, ‘What would Vinnie play?’ It can’t be that way. It would have to be an evolvement.”

He also had the following to say about the various eras of the band:

“I look at this band as two parts now. The first part is us with the original lineup until the first record ‘HELLYEAH‘, the second record, ‘Stampede‘, and then the third record, ‘Band Of Brothers‘. That’s the first half of the band. I loved the first record, but I felt extremely detached from the second and third albums. The type of music we were playing wasn’t really my cup of tea. I think there’s good stuff.

There’s a couple of songs on those albums that get a hall pass from me, but I don’t think the band really became what we are now until our fourth album, ‘Blood For Blood, when we got our other guitar player, Christian [Brady] and our bass player, Kyle [Sanders]. I think that period was the biggest milestone catalyst. That’s really what I love about this band now. We’re writing and releasing the type of songs that I’ve always wanted to do with this band. We’ve become the band that I’ve always wanted us to become.

I think we’ve matured in a lot of ways. Not only musically, but also as people and as brothers. We started out wild, crazy, and alcohol fueled, not really giving a shit about tomorrow. We were just living in the moment. Over the years we’ve kind of pulled the reins back and really started tightening up everything. Now that Vince is gone, we really had to buckle down and pull ourselves and our emotions together to honor him and this record. That’s what our focus is right now.

We’re still very much brothers, but there’s a struggle there. We’re still trying to find our footing and trying to see if we can we can still do this without him. I mean, we know we can, but the emotional side of it is a big thing. I’m hoping that we can figure it out. I have faith that we will, but it’s going to be a long ride.”

Maxwell also talked about the band’s future:

“The only thing we’re focusing on right now is honoring this record, touring it, and honoring Vince with every show that we play. Kyle said it best, ‘Whatever doors the universe puts in front of us, we’re gonna have to go through, whether it’s good or bad.’ So, we’re just gonna have to see. I can’t really forward think that far ahead.

Whether there’s ever going to be another record, I don’t know. Would I like to do one? Sure. Am I ready to do one? No. It’s too early to say anything. We’re just gonna take this one day, one tour, one song at a time right now. We’re just lucky enough that we found somebody that is a brother who is going to be there to help us and step into that drum world and help us get through. There’s no way we could have done it with anyone else. It’s kind of cosmic.”

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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