Metal Celebrities React to the Death of Vinnie Paul
UPDATE, 8:51pm EDT: More tributes are available here, including from members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Trivium, Periphery, Shadows Fall and more.
Vinnie Paul has died at age 54. As is appropriate for a musician of his stature, tributes from other notable members of the metal community have begun to pour in. Here is a collection of some of those tributes:
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
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
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
My heart… pic.twitter.com/djZT5MMKYS
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) June 23, 2018
Robb Flynn (Machine Head)
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) June 23, 2018
Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row)
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) June 23, 2018
R.i.p Vinnie Paul. :( I found him soft spoken… peace brother.
— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) June 23, 2018
Jam Pantera right now. RIP Vinnie Paul.
— The Sword (@TheSword) June 23, 2018
Brendon Small (Dethklok)
RIP VInnie Paul dammit
— Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) June 23, 2018
Paul Stanley (Kiss)
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
David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel)
Michael Amott (Arch Enemy)
Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater)
FUCK!!! Just waking up here in Belgium to the news of Vinnie Paul…I’m in total shock…Heaven just got a little crazier with the Abbott Bros back together again…RIP Bro 😢 pic.twitter.com/HkC2yVaqtu
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) June 23, 2018
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)
— Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) June 23, 2018
David Davidson (Revocation)
Shocked and saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Pantera got me into heavy music, seeing them live and watching the brilliant dynamic between the Abbott brothers forever left a mark on me. RIP pic.twitter.com/iuTNTn8DLH
— David Davidson (@Dave_Revocation) June 23, 2018
Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain)
Rest in Power Vinnie Paul, from Vinny Paul. pic.twitter.com/tDRnpc2Nk2
— vincent @ TooManyGames (@xDIAMONDCUTx) June 23, 2018
Rivers of Nihil
Rest in peace Vinnie Paul. Thank you for everything.
— Rivers of Nihil (@riversofnihil) June 23, 2018
Shawn Drover (Act of Defiance)
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) June 23, 2018
Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
Mark Hunter (Chimaira)
What horrible news to wake up to. RIP Vinnie. Such an influence. Wonder how many bands lifted the snare pattern at the end of Walk. Or the double bass in Becoming. I know we did.
— Mark Hunter Photo (@chimairamark) 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
Black Stone Cherry
Another great musical soul has left this planet.. This cover we recorded back in 2014 was as a tribute to Dimebag Darrel. But from now on it's a tribute to the Abbott brothers! Keep banging them Angels heads up there, boys… https://t.co/tbwbhZXhWE
— Textures (@texturesband) June 23, 2018
Chris Alfieri (Vattnet)
rest easy vinnie. far beyond driven has the best drum sound of any metal record ever.
— chris alfieri (@chris_alfieri) June 23, 2018
John Corabi (ex-Mötley Crüe)
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
Brent Muscat (ex-Faster Pussycat)
Thank you for your thunder. I will miss you my friend. We all will. https://t.co/Nl9Vdt7kU2
— Don Jamieson (@realdonjamieson) June 23, 2018