Vinnie Paul ‘Celebration of Life’ Planned

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Fellow Texans Vinnie Paul and Billy Gibbons (Photo via Paul’s FB page)

As word spread of the June 22, 2018 death of Vinnie Paul, members of the rock community took to social media to mourn one of their own. Paul, born Vincent Paul Abbott, was a co-founder of the groove metal band Pantera, one of the most popular and influential hard rock/metal bands of the 1990s. He later joined Hellyeah.

[A public celebration for Paul is taking place on July 1. See details below.]

His younger brother, Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, was murdered in 2004 while performing onstage with Damageplan, a band the pair co-founded.

News of Paul’s death was announced on Pantera’s Facebook page and then on Twitter.

On June 27, Pantera revealed plans for Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration of Life, to be held on Sunday, July 1 at 3:33 p.m. at The Bomb Factory at 2713 Canton St. in Dallas, Tex. The venue holds 4300 people and there was no indication as to what the event will entail, nor are there advance tickets, lines or lists. Fans can line up for wristbands beginning at 12 Noon that day.


Following Paul’s death, many classic rock acts shared their admiration and grief for the drummer. Hellyeah co-founder Tom Maxwell wrote on the band’s Facebook page:

“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.

Alice Cooper called Paul “a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities [whose] impact on heavy music is immeasurable.”

Slash called him “one of the warmest people I knew.”

Overkill drummer Jason Bittner…

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine…

Sebastian Bach shared his tears…

Sammy Hagar: “Vinnie has been at nearly every birthday bash in Cabo from the beginning. I was at the cantina in Cabo late last night when I got the news. It sure is hard to believe. Great drummer, great guy and a great friend. Very sad.”


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