Ο κόσμος της rock και metal μουσικής έγινε ακόμα φτωχότερος μετά τον θάνατο του πρώην drummer των Pantera/Hellyeah Vinnie Paul, ο οποίος έφυγε από τη ζωή τα ξημερώματα του Σαββάτου (ώρα Ελλάδας) σε ηλικία 54 ετών.
Προς το παρόν δεν έχουν διευκρινιστεί τα αιτία θανάτου του, με την οικογένεια να ζητά από όλους να σεβαστούν τις δύσκολες αυτές ώρες.
Από την πρώτη στιγμή της γνωστοποίησης του θανάτου του Vinnie Paul, δεκάδες rockers, μουσικοί και συγκροτήματα ανέβασαν το δικό τους μήνυμα στήριξης στην ευρύτερη οικογένεια των Pantera.
Οι Pantera αρχικά ανέβασαν την είδηση, χωρίς όμως να δώσουν περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες, με την δισκογραφική εταιρία των Hellyeah, Eleven Seven Music και την Octane Music να τονίζουν μεταξύ άλλων στην ανακοίνωσή τους:
Ο Vinnie Paul Abbot δεν ήταν απλά ένας drummer, αλλά μια εξέχουσα προσωπικότητα στην hard rock και metal κοινότητα. Ήταν ένας πιονέρος, ένας θρύλος. Ήταν αυτοδίδακτος μουσικός που στην διάρκεια της καριέρας του πήρε πολλά βραβεία για το παίξιμό του.
Ιδρυτικό μέλος των Pantera, Damageplan, αλλά και νεότερα με τους Hellyeah, ο Vinnie ήταν κινητήριος μοχλός των συγκροτημάτων στα οποία ήταν μέλος. Η πιο πρόσφατη κυκλοφορία του με τους Hellyeah, το «Unden!able» περιελάμβανε τρία hit singles. Στέλνουμε την αγάπη μας στην οικογένεια, τους φίλους, την μπάντα και τους fans του. Θα μας λείψει. Αυτή είναι η ευκαιρία να επανασυνδεθεί με τον Dime… R.I.P, Vinnie Paul.
Σήμερα ο κόσμος της μουσικής θρηνεί έναν θρύλο αλλά και μια αυθεντική προσωπικότητα που χάριζε χαμόγελα σε όποιον γνώριζε.
Οι άνθρωποι της Eleven Seven Music είναι συντετριμμένοι. Οι σκέψεις μας είναι με την οικογένεια, τους φίλους και τους fans.
Μερικά μηνύματα μουσικών και συγκροτημάτων:
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) June 23, 2018
Damn it. I love you brother. RIP Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/73fTmNLA2F
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) June 23, 2018
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) June 23, 2018
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) June 23, 2018
Vinnie… I told you 100 times I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing had you not changed the world. I was fortunate enough to get to know you as a man and as a true friend.
You made me feel good about me. You… https://t.co/Qe8CYdPCnx
— Chris Adler (@ChrisAdlerMusic) June 23, 2018
— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) June 23, 2018
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 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) June 23, 2018
Absolutely stunned to hear the unbelievable news that Vinnie Paul @Pantera has died… I knew Vinnie well. Did my shows many times. A great drummer and music fan and always a blast to hang with. Beyond tragic. Can’t believe it. #RIPVinniePaul .
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul….
Always had a great time with you buddy!! Now you can jam with Dime again….
— John Corabi (@Crablegs59) June 23, 2018
Jam Pantera right now. RIP Vinnie Paul.
— The Sword (@TheSword) June 23, 2018
So sorry to hear about Vinnie Paul. The man was a Class act and always treated everyone with respect. Here’s to one of metal’s best!
— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) June 23, 2018
Vinnie was a great friend. My heart is aching. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, band and crew. Godspeed my friend. #VinniePaul
RIP Vinnie Paul. Brothers together again…Cowboys Raisin’ Hell in Heaven!
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie. We are all devastated by your passing. Words can't describe how important you were to us in life and music. You're an inspiration to us all and you'll be forever missed. Thank you for everything.
— UNEARTH (@Unearthofficial) June 23, 2018
RIP VInnie Paul dammit
— Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) June 23, 2018
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul Abbot
— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) June 23, 2018
W T F !
— Ozzfest (@TheOzzfest) June 23, 2018
— Gil Sharone (@GilSharone) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul 🙁
— Derek Sherinian (@DerekSherinian) June 23, 2018
We have no words. I just saw Vinnie last week in Las Vegas when he attended our show. One of the nicest guys we ever talked to, learned a lot from him and the stories were amazing. We even talked about possibly touring together again. This really sucks. RIP friend. pic.twitter.com/JgbBFD0klS
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) June 23, 2018
#Rip Vinnie Paul , A monster of a drummer and always the life of the party !! Thanks for all the good times and the hospitality at The Clubhouse in Dallas . A true Rock N Roll Spirit that will be truly missed . pic.twitter.com/HXq1cPS3BU
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) June 23, 2018
R.i.p Vinnie Paul. 🙁 I found him soft spoken… peace brother.
— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) June 23, 2018
Thank you for your thunder. I will miss you my friend. We all will. https://t.co/Nl9Vdt7kU2
— Don Jamieson (@realdonjamieson) June 23, 2018
May 20th was the last time I texted with my bro, Vinnie Paul. His Vegas Golden Knights had just eliminated my NHL…
GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL – 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for Others & Your Love of seeing everyone around you…
Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We're going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy.
R.I.P. Vinnie Paul. Epic brothers. Both gone now. Loved watching PANTERA live back in the day…a true force of nature.#vinniepaul #pantera #dimebagdarrel #rip
Just woke up in Italy to the incredibly sad news that Vinnie Paul has passed away. We had the pleasure of meeting and…
Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.
— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) June 23, 2018
Very saddened to wake up in Belgium today to the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. You were a good friend and left us an amazing legacy. Go home in peace…. #ripvinniepaul hellyeahofficial… https://t.co/Wwn5VQqzbr
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 23, 2018
Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul. pic.twitter.com/3PHSWSBURw
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro…
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 23, 2018
— SHINEDOWN (@Shinedown) June 23, 2018
— John 5 (@john5guitarist) June 23, 2018
Vinnie Paul. Thank you for all the laughs, riffs and good times brother. You were ALWAYS one of the good guys!! #RIP
— Steel Panther (@Steel_Panther) June 23, 2018
Rest easy Vinnie Paul. pic.twitter.com/rEa5MJUXux
— Buckcherry (@Buckcherry) June 23, 2018
Sad 2 hear of Vinnie Paul of #Pantera passing…great guy…RIP
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) June 23, 2018
RIP Vinnie Paul
— Code Orange (@codeorangekids) June 23, 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) June 23, 2018
I remember how excited ‘The Rev’ was when he first met you in Dallas after a show in the early 2000’s. You grabbed him around the neck and said he was a kick ass drummer even though he borrowed some of your chops! We were in shock that Jimmy had met our all time favorite drummer so we all ran to the bar to meet you and proceeded to drink the night away. You were warm and engaging. Our friendship lasted for many years and eventually resulted in a killer rendition of “Mouth for War” at the Revolver Golden Gods, a career highlight. Vegas will never be the same without you. Dallas will never be the same. Metal will never be the same. We have been lucky enough to meet some of our idols and call them friends. You were one of the greatest of all time and a great friend. Today we mourn. – A7X
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!
💔 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) June 23, 2018
So sorry to hear about passing of Vinnie Paul. Such an incredible force & influence in metal. I remember literally stopping song Becoming 1st time I played it on radio, opening the mic & freaking our over his drumming on air. How many drummers make somebody do that? #RIPVinnie
— Dee Snider (@deesnider) June 23, 2018
Rock in peace sonicbombast Texas bloodbrother Vinnie Paul. I will jam for you forever.
— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) June 23, 2018
So sad to hear the terrible news this morning, Vinnie Paul was a great drummer and always had a smile on face. Our loss is Heaven’s gain today. Our thoughts n prayers go out to family, friends n bandmates. pic.twitter.com/fW7j3wdKZ3
— WARRANT (@warrantrocks) June 23, 2018
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.
My heart… pic.twitter.com/djZT5MMKYS
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) June 23, 2018
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… https://t.co/JxcdWOVR9x
— Brian Welch (@brianheadwelch) June 23, 2018
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) June 23, 2018
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) June 23, 2018
Like his brother, he spent his energy sharing his talent with us and bringing heavy music to people all over the world. His unique presence will be sorely missed down here. https://t.co/ZknPIrj2io
— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) June 23, 2018
Another gone too soon, I have no words… RIP Vinnie, say hi to Darrell and don't worry, you don't need to audition for that all star band in the sky 🙁 pic.twitter.com/VrHRhO4vxp
— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) June 23, 2018
This sucks RIP Vinny Paul condolences to your family and friends
— Ross The Boss (@officialrtb) June 23, 2018
Waking up to a world without Vinnie Paul. Left with some amazing memories. Nobody lived more life in 54 years than Vinnie Paul. He singlehandedly galvanized our little music community in Vegas. Every single person in Vegas has a Vinnie Paul story…. https://t.co/tM3pymniEm
— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) June 23, 2018