Vincent Paul Abbott
March 11, 1964 - June 22, 2018
Vinnie Paul, drummer and co-founder of Texas metal band Pantera, died late Friday night. No further details were provided in the statement posted to Pantera's Facebook page, which also asked for fans to respect the privacy of Paul's family during this time. Since the statement's post, the cause of death is still unknown. Paul was 54.
Born Vincent Paul Abbott in Abliene, Texas, Paul and his younger brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott grew up listening to hard rock and heavy metal music. Music was already in the Abbott family as their father, Jerry, was a country singer. Come 1981, the Abbott brothers formed Pantera. It took a while for the brothers to find a stable line-up but by 1983, the band consisted of the Abbott brothers, bassist Rex Brown and singer Terry Glaze. The band released a few albums in the 1980s, all of which were glam metal efforts that sold little to nothing. By 1990, Glaze had left the band and was replaced by Phil Anselmo. With the release of their fifth album, Cowboys from Hell, the band had completely rebranded themselves with a heavier sound and image. Released in 1990, Cowboys from Hell was the band's breakthrough. It has since then been certified Gold and Platinum. Pantera were able to continue their success, making them one of the most popular metal bands of the 1990s. The band would release other hit albums such as Vulgar Display of Power (1992), Far Beyond Driven (1994) and The Great Southern Trendkill (1996). The band would stick together until their split in 2003.
After the split of Pantera, the Abbott brothers formed a new band called Damageplan. The band's debut, New Found Glory, was released in early 2004. Sadly, tragedy struck the band on December 8, 2004 during a gig in Columbus, Ohio at the Alrosa Villa when Dimebag Darrell Abbott was murdered. Barely into the first song in the set, a 25 year old man named Nathan Gale walked up onto the stage and shot Darrell. Gale proceeded to fire 15 shots in total, killing three more people and injuring seven others, before Officer James Niggemeyer shot Gale from the other side of the stage. A fan and paramedics tried to revive Darrell but were unsuccessful. As a result of the tragedy, Damageplan ceased to be.
After the death of his brother, Paul started his own record label- Big Vin Records- in 2006. Paul was hesitant about performing again but soon enough, Paul had joined the supergroup HellYeah that same year. For the next decade, HellYeah toured and recorded several albums. Their latest album is 2016's Unden!able. According to sources, the band had started recording their sixth album in November of last year. Whether or not the album was completed before Paul's death is unknown.
This post will be updated and/or followed up once any additional information about Paul's passing has been revealed.