Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold and More Share Tributes to Vinnie Paul
The metal world is still spinning from the death of Vinnie Paul. While many well-known metal musicians took to social media late last night and this morning immediately following the news (including Geezer Butler, Dave Mustaine, Slash and dozens of others), several more have shared their tributes to and memories of Paul as the day has unfolded.
Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) June 23, 2018
Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
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.
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
Thanks for the one of a kind memories my dear friend, I hope that you are in the arms of our brothers. pic.twitter.com/zNulWNAt5H
— Synyster Gates (@SynysterGates) June 23, 2018
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
💔 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
Brian Cook (Russian Circles, ex-Botch, ex-These Arms are Snakes)
RIP Vinnie Paul. My first stagedive ever was during Pantera at Aloha Tower in Honolulu back in '92.
— brian cook (@bbcbubblegutz) June 23, 2018
Jake Bowen (Periphery)
Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned, ex-Death, The Howard Stern Show)
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
Mina Caputo (Life of Agony)
Fuck man. Just waking up to the news. Another one of our friends In Rock gone way to soon. Respect and love to his close friends and family. Such a Sweetheart.
Rip Vinnie Paul.
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) June 23, 2018
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)
Don’t even know what to say. Vinnie was such an incredibly fun and joyful person to be around. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent throwing back drinks with Vinnie and brother… https://t.co/TtNfItxB1I
— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) June 23, 2018
John 5 (Rob Zombie)
— John 5 (@john5guitarist) June 23, 2018
Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
Phenomenal band. Never had the pleasure of touring with them. The Abbot Brothers were the Other iconic Guitar/Drum Rock sibling duo. This feels completely tragic. Cruel. Condolences to Pantera Fans Worldwide. Condolences to Rex &. Phil. https://t.co/ftiOl94R3E
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) June 23, 2018
Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill)
RIP Vinnie Paul – metal drumming will not be the same without you my friend! pic.twitter.com/ZfspSNMPC0
— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) June 23, 2018
Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick)
Everyone has the same story, which is a testament to the type of guy Vinnie was…he will be missed.
— Jason Bieler (@jasonbieler) June 23, 2018
Corey Graves (WWE wrestler)
Bummed to wake up to the news about Vinnie Paul. One of the greatest to ever play. Black Tooth Grins tonight in memoriam. 🤘🏻
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) June 23, 2018
Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
RIP Vinnie Paul, such a sad day..what a loss for the rock and metal community, such a legend.. pic.twitter.com/7pGygJqw01
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) June 23, 2018
Within the Ruins
It’s safe to say any number of bands in our genre, ourselves included, would not be here if it weren’t for Pantera. Thank you for everything. Rest in power VP. #Pantera #VinniePaul #RIP pic.twitter.com/kHxrCC9eEO
— Within the Ruins (@withintheruins) June 24, 2018
— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) June 23, 2018
Shit. Everyone crank “Becoming” and drink a black tooth grin for the man. https://t.co/P6iuBz30CJ
— Khemmis (@khemmisdoom) June 23, 2018
— Obituary (@obituarytheband) June 23, 2018
Michael Sweet (Stryper)
Got to hang out with Vinnie in LV a few years ago. He was a gentleman with a huge heart. So, so sorry to hear this news and completely shocked🙏 God Bless you Vinnie, God speed my friend🙏🙏🙏 RIP #vinniepaul https://t.co/5ReGEkgT2K
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) June 23, 2018
Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
RIP Vinnie. Loss for words my friend. Still can’t register. 🖤
— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) June 23, 2018
Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Sad to hear about my friend Vinnie Paul’s passing. One of the true great ones. He’ll truly be missed. RIP Brother.
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) June 23, 2018
Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth)
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