Official Public Memorial For Vinnie Paul Announced
Rolling Stone reports that the family and record label of Vinnie Paul have announced a public memorial event for the late Pantera drummer. Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration of Life will take place Sunday, July 1st at Dallas’ Bomb Factory venue, the day after Paul’s private funeral in Texas.
Fans wanting to attend the memorial must get a wristband to enter the Bomb Factory. The line for wristbands begins at 12pm outside the venue prior to the 3:33pm memorial (The 3:33pm start is what Vinnie called “Dime Time”).
It looks like Paul will be buried alongside his mother and his brother and bandmate “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed by a fan during a Damageplan concert in December 2004.
Eleven Seven Music, who released Hellyeah’s last three albums, released the following statement:
Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.
A founding member of Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HELLYEAH, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.
His most recent release, HELLYEAH’s UNDEN!ABLE contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.
Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.
Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time.
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