Dimebag Darrell Abbott Of Pantera Died Fifteen Years Ago Today


Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. Darrell’s shine has not dimmed in the years since he passed. Revered as ever as a songwriter, shredder, and person, new fans sprout up every day who look up to the unquestioned guitar hero of the 1990s.  Of note, with Slayer’s final show in the books, Darrell would have been proud to have his songs performed at every stop on The  Final Campaign tour.  As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero. Jam out to some classic Dime tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull!
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Vinnie Paul, Legendary Metal Drummer, and Producer, Died One Year Ago

It’s hard to believe it but it has been a year since Vinne Paul Abbott died in his sleep in his Las Vegas home. He was only 54 years old. The drumming legend most famous for his time as a founder of Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, and Hellyeah was taken from us too young due to “dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.” We have mourned his loss hard as Vinnie was a beloved as a figure in recent metal history for his outgoing personality, his giving spirit, and his incredible talent. You can read a comprehensive memorial piece we published about Vinnie at the time of his passing and watch these highlights from his career below. Continue reading

Hellyeah Premieres New Song “333”, New Album Coming In June

Hellyeah, by Originate Designs Photography

Hellyeah is streaming their brand new song right now! Starting at 8 AM today, jam out to ‘333’ all day on SiriusXM Octane and SiriusXM Liquid Metal. Their new album releases on June 28th from Eleven Seven Music Group. This will be the final Hellyeah album with Vinnie Paul Abbott who passed away last summer. The band filmed the video for ‘333’ music video on March 1 at Duff’s Alcohol Abuse Center, the most famous metal bar in Brooklyn, New York a few weeks back. ‘333’ is a tribute to both Vinnie and his brother Dimebag Darrell, who played together in Pantera and Damageplan. Hellyeah will celebrate Vinnie Paul’s life with a special performance on May 11 at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading

Dimebag Darrell Abbott Of Pantera Died Fourteen Years Ago Today

It’s hard to believe but today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan at the hands of a maniac while on stage in Columbus, Ohio at the Alrosa Villa club. The many years that have passed since his death has done little to quell the pain of his loss. Especially now with the passing of Dime’s brother Vinnie Paul last summer. As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero of metal music. Jam out to some classic Dime tracks and raise a glass or a smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar!
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UPDATED: Vinnie Paul Abbott’s Cause Of Death Revealed  

World famous metal drumming great Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera and Hellyeah, who died suddenly on June 22nd, has had his cause of death revealed by his family. In a statement, Vinnie’s family shared that he died from “natural causes”. The full statement can be read below. Continue reading

Watch Vinnie Paul’s Public Memorial Recap

Vinnie Paul Abbott was laid to rest this weekend, next to his mother Carolyn and his brother Dimebag Darrell. Yesterday’s celebration of life took place at The Bomb Factory in Fort Worth, TX. Featuring video tributes to Vinnie, notable musician’s sending messages included Vinnie’s former Pantera bandmate Philip Anselmo, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, among many others. Continue reading

Public Memorial For Vinnie Paul Abbott To Be Held This Coming Sunday

In an announcement made public on the Pantera Facebook account, the public memorial for late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott will be held on Sunday, July 1 at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Fans interested in attending “Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration Of Life” must receive a wristband to enter the Bomb Factory. The line for wristbands will begin at noon outside the venue prior to the 3:33 p.m. memorial. The event announcement notes: “There are no advance tickets, lines or lists.” More details about the memorial can be found below. Continue reading

Remembering Vinnie Paul Abbott, Metal Drumming Legend 1964-2018

The world lost an amazing drummer and by all accounts a great person when Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away on 6/22/2018 at age 54. As the drummer of Pantera, he formed the battery of the band that would put the metal genre on their backs in the 1990s. Often imitated and never duplicated, Vinnie was heavy influenced by legends from his childhood like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and KISS. However, what he put down behind the kit for more than 30 years was a major source of inspiration for a legion of drummers that followed. Continue reading

Vinnie Paul Abbott, Legendary Drummer For Pantera, Dead At Age 54


Terrible news has come down as Vinnie Paul, best know as the drummer for PanteraHellyeah, and Damageplan has passed away. No cause of death is known at this time, and Vinnie’s family has asked for privacy and respect for now. The announcement came as a post on Pantera’s official Facebook page, which you can see below. We’ll continue to track this story as more details become available. We are naturally devastated by this news, and we send out condolences to Vinnie’s family, friends and fans worldwide at this time. Continue reading