No Sábado fomos acordados com uma notícia terrível — Vinnie Paul Abbott, o baterista dos Pantera, morreu. O músico tinha 54 anos de idade. Com o decorrer do dia, a família de Vinnie disse ao site TMZ que o lendário baterista faleceu durante o sono na sua casa em Las Vegas. O corpo foi posteriormente entregue ao médico legista para determinar a causa da morte, e depois disso, será levado de regresso ao seu estado natal do Texas para ser enterrado entre a mãe e o irmão.
Vinnie Paul e o seu irmão, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, criaram os PANTERA. Quando a banda se separou em 2003, formaram os DAMAGEPLAN. A 8 de Dezembro de 2004, durante um concerto dos DAMAGEPLAN no Alrosa Villa em Columbus, Ohio, “Dimebag” foi atingido a tiro e morto em palco. O músico tinha 38 anos. Vinnie e “Dimebag” eram filhos de Jerry Abbott, um bem sucedido compositor de música country que viu alguns dos seus temas serem cantados por Emmylou Harris e Freddy Fender.
Durante a última década, Vinnie manteve-se em digressão e a gravar com HELLYEAH, cujo quinto álbum, «Unden!able», foi editado em 2016. Pouco antes da sua morte, o baterista gravou as suas partes para o sexto álbum do grupo no estúdio The Hideout em Las Vegas. Entretanto as redes sociais têm sido inundadas por mensagens de pesar por uma série de músicos ilustres no universo da música pesada.
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.
Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) 23 de junho de 2018
💔 RIP Vinnie Paul, my condolences to the HELLYEAH extended family, band, crew, fans & everyone whose life was made better/touched by his kindness, generosity & bad ass drumming. Such a star & a game changer. Getcha pull in the next dimension brother!
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) 23 de junho de 2018
BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH
My God, we have lost another friend. I don't understand what is happening. The music world has been completely shaken by too many pre-mature deaths the last few years, its horrible. Vinnie Paul was definitely the kindest living legend I've ever met. He endured so much tragedy, yet still had so much more love and positivity. Truly a kind soul with such a giving heart. Just in the last couple years he surprised Korn with some cool gifts. Right after we walked off stage in Dallas we were shocked to find a brand new thundering loud stereo blaring music in our dressing room as we walked in – compliments of Vinnie Paul. And on our European tour with HELLYEAH Vinnie surprised Fieldy with a brand new bass… signed by Paul McCartney. That's the type of person he was. Vinnie, you were one-of-a-kind and will be so missed by countless people. God, let your unconditional love and mercy bring Vinnie Paul back together with his brother, and be with his family through this devastating loss. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8462386/vinnie-paul-dead-pantera-damageplan-hellyeah
I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) 23 de junho de 2018
My heart… pic.twitter.com/djZT5MMKYS
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) 23 de junho de 2018
I’m sad. One of many hammered nights I spent with this man… stunned. 😥
R.I.P. V.P. pic.twitter.com/ks6uxfbjID
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) 23 de junho de 2018
Rock in peace Vinnie Paul
Say hi to brother Dime from all of us
We love you . Wish you were still here. Gone too soon man . Thanks for the music. And more importantly 30 years of non stop friendship. How rare is that In this business? I'm really gonna miss you 💕 pic.twitter.com/LUY41pzC0l
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) 23 de junho de 2018
R.i.p Vinnie Paul. 🙁 I found him soft spoken… peace brother.
— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) 23 de junho de 2018
So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family. https://t.co/DaQREBNVW7
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) 23 de junho de 2018
Fuck man. Just waking up to the news. Another one of our friends In Rock gone way to soon. Respect and love to his close friends and family. Such a Sweetheart.
Rip Vinnie Paul.
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) 23 de junho de 2018
— Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) 23 de junho de 2018
— John 5 (@john5guitarist) 23 de junho de 2018
— Obituary (@obituarytheband) 23 de junho de 2018
Don’t even know what to say. Vinnie was such an incredibly fun and joyful person to be around. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent throwing back drinks with Vinnie and brother… https://t.co/TtNfItxB1I
— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) 23 de junho de 2018
— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) 23 de junho de 2018
Rest in Power Vinnie Paul, from Vinny Paul. pic.twitter.com/tDRnpc2Nk2
— vincent @ TooManyGames (@xDIAMONDCUTx) 23 de junho de 2018
Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing. Vinnie Paul showed us nothing but love. We'll miss you Vinnie.
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) 23 de junho de 2018
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!
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul….
Always had a great time with you buddy!! Now you can jam with Dime again….
— John Corabi (@Crablegs59) 23 de junho de 2018
So shocked to wake up and find out about Vinnie Paul's passing. One of my favorite drummers and a huge influence on my drumming, especially his double bass work. A super nice guy every time I met him too. I'll be cranking up some Pantera vinyl in honor of Vinnie and Dime today. https://t.co/xPOwZ2azTk
— Richard Christy (@cwotd) 23 de junho de 2018
BLACK STONE CHERRY
RIP Vinnie Paul. My first stagedive ever was during Pantera at Aloha Tower in Honolulu back in '92.
— brian cook (@bbcbubblegutz) 23 de junho de 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul – metal drumming will not be the same without you my friend! pic.twitter.com/ZfspSNMPC0
— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) 23 de junho de 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul, such a sad day..what a loss for the rock and metal community, such a legend.. pic.twitter.com/7pGygJqw01
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) 23 de junho de 2018
Sad to hear about my friend Vinnie Paul’s passing. One of the true great ones. He’ll truly be missed. RIP Brother.
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) 23 de junho de 2018
Jam Pantera right now. RIP Vinnie Paul.
— The Sword (@TheSword) 23 de junho de 2018
Just woke up to the horrible news of Vinnie Paul from @Pantera passing away. Vinnie was both an amazing drummer and person-always filled with positive energy. You will be missed………. #VinniePaul pic.twitter.com/OMdMV3UCWs
— shawn drover (@shawndrover) 23 de junho de 2018