VINNIE PAUL – Forever Remembered

Written by David Halbe

The road of life is always filled with highs and lows but I think what really matters is how we deal with obstacles and overcome them.

If you are reading this you probably already know that Vinnie Paul (Vincent Paul Abbott) has passed away.


This man was a living legend and one of the most beloved characters in all of metal. I would put him up there with Lemmy Kilminster (Motorhead) and Ronnie James Dio (Dio), he was both an aspiration and influence to so many.

Vinnie’s life seemingly unfolded like a plot from a movie. He went from rags to riches with Pantera, the thrash act that carried metal through the ’90s, only to see it all unravel when the band abruptly folded.

He started over by creating the band Damageplan only to see his brother ‘DimebagDarrell (Darrell Lance Abbott) savagely taken away.


The Abbott family appeared to be ‘snake bitten’. I know I wasn’t the only one that thought the end of Damageplan was the end of Vinnie Paul but he rose again like a phoenix forming the superband Hellyeah. The road of life is always filled with highs and lows but I think what really matters is how we deal with obstacles and overcome them.


I got the impression that Vinnie Paul was a man that you just couldn’t keep down. Although his accomplishments as a famed drummer are great, I think he will be remembered for how fucking cool he was. A legend who never forgot his fans or peers.

When I think about Vinnie Paul, I think about all the stories people have told me about him: ‘He bought us drinks’, ‘He was cool enough to stop to take a picture’, ‘He even signed my hat!’ ‘He threw all the bands a barbecue’ – that’s Vinnie Paul a fan of life.

So if we’re going to take away anything from this tragic loss, it should be to embrace life and love it like you mean it. Nobody knows what kind of time they have but to be so heavily lamented by the metal community simply means, you lived it right.

Thank you Vinnie – we won’t forget . \m/

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