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Rockers Pay Tribute To Late PANTERA / HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul

Pantera/Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul passed away late Friday night. He touched many lives in the metal community.

Pantera/Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul passed away late Friday night. He touched many lives in the metal community.

As soon as the news surfaced late last night that HELLYEAH / Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott had passed away, the metal community was stunned. It was clear with the immediate tributes that Paul touched many in the metal community, far and wide.

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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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#BigVin stops a @fozzyrock gig at #BBKings in NYC to buy us and the crowd shots in 2010. Classic Vince!

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Goodbye my friend, sad to see you go. @vinniepaul3

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My heart is broken. Vinnie you were one of the first Rockstars I ever met, you sang “It’s Not You”to me in Texas before it was even a thing. You gave me my first strip club experience and made sure one of the girls danced to “I Get Off”. Not only were you an influence and a supporter of my band but you were such a good friend, always there with a smile, and a blacktooth grin. You always found your way into our life over the years, and we ‘d always pick up right where we left off. You were greatly loved and will always be a part of the Halestorm family! Say hello to your brother for us…and teach them angels to fuckin’ rock! Til next time my brother!

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