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)

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.

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

Vince. Love you man. RIP #vinniepaulabbott

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Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)

Brian Cook (Russian Circles, ex-Botch, ex-These Arms are Snakes)

Jake Bowen (Periphery)

Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned, ex-Death, The Howard Stern Show)

Mina Caputo (Life of Agony)

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)

John 5 (Rob Zombie)

Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill)

Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick)

Corey Graves (WWE wrestler)

Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)

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Michael Sweet (Stryper)

Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)

Vince Neil (Motley Crue)

Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth)

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