Vinnie Paul Once Said He Wanted This Album to Be Played at His Funeral


Here’s a morbid question which, no doubt, many of us have nonetheless considered: what music do you want your mourners to play at your funeral?

Vinnie Paul, who you are now doubt aware passed away this weekend, once provided his answer in an interview. Loudersound.com gave Vinnie ten prompts — e.g., “A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of…” — to compile a list of ‘The Ten Albums That Changed My Life.’ And one of the prompts was for Vinnie to choose the album he’d want played at his funeral. He selected Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses:

“I’d really want to choose an album that was a goddamn good time, like fuckin’ Guns N’ Roses. I’d want people to celebrate what we’ve done and the fact that we’d had a great life. I wouldn’t want my funeral to be a sad, sappy thing. I’d have the whole album, but ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ would give off a positive vibe.”

I think we can all appreciate the idea of not wanting our funerals to be depressing affairs. If you need a palate cleanser from listening to Pantera on repeat all day, as I’m sure many most all of us have been doing, you can blast Appetite with the confidence that Vinnie would approve.

Head over to loudersound.com for the entire list with the prompts and commentary. The entire list, without the prompts/commentary, is below.

Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
AC/DC – Back in Black
Kiss – Alive
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Peter Criss – One for All
Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Enigma – Love Sensuality Devotion: The Greatest Hits
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven

Metal Sucks Greatest Hits