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Vinnie Paul


Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul
Background information
Birth name Vincent Paul Abbott
Born (1964-03-11) March 11, 1964
Origin Abilene, Texas
Genres Heavy metal, groove metal, thrash metal, southern metal, alternative metal, glam metal, nu metal[1][2][3]
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Big Vin
Associated acts Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, Hellyeah, Gasoline
Website .com.bigvinrecordswww

Vincent Paul Abbott, also known as "Vinnie Paul" (born March 11, 1964) is an American professional drummer and producer who is best known for being a former member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera. He is currently a member of supergroup Hellyeah. He also co-founded the heavy metal band Damageplan in 2003 with his younger brother, Dimebag Darrell. Abbott was also a member of the Country-Rock band "Rebel Meets Rebel,", along side his brother "Dimebag Darrell"


  • Early life 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Career 3
    • Pantera 3.1
    • Damageplan 3.2
    • Latest projects and Hellyeah 3.3
  • Setup 4
  • Influences 5
  • Discography 6
    • Pantera 6.1
    • Damageplan 6.2
    • Rebel Meets Rebel 6.3
    • Hellyeah 6.4
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Vincent Paul Abbott was born in Abilene on March 11, 1964. His parents are Jerry, a country music songwriter and producer, and Carolyn Abbott. He recorded and performed in the groups Pantera (1981–2003) and Damageplan (2003–2004) alongside his brother, guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

Personal life

In December 2008, he handpicked several of his most memorable drum parts to demonstrate in a promotional video for the drum company ddrum: "Use My Third Arm," "Primal Concrete Sledge," "13 Steps to Nowhere," "Domination" and "Becoming."[4] In 2009, he started American Drummer Champions with the aide of friend and influence M.Ludowise, former Downset drummer.

In August 2013, Paul featured in a music video for Black Label Society's cover of "Ain't No Sunshine", appearing alongside a horse-masked Zakk Wylde.[5] Wylde and Paul are well known to be close friends, with Wylde also having been particularly close with Paul's brother Dimebag Darrell before his death in 2004.



Paul formed the heavy metal band Pantera in 1981 with his brother Dimebag Darrell (then known as Diamond Darrell) and Terry Glaze on guitars, bassist Tommy D. Bradford, and vocalist Donnie Hart. Upon Hart's departure, Glaze assumed vocal duties. In the summer of 1982, Bradford left the band and was replaced by Rex Brown and the band released three albums with that lineup.

Pantera recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo to replace Glaze in 1987. By 1990, the band had been signed to Atco Records and released Cowboys from Hell which proved to be the band's turning point. Over the course of four more studio records, a live album and a greatest hits compilation, Anselmo and Pantera were nominated for four best metal performance Grammys, for the songs "I'm Broken", "Suicide Note Pt. I", "Cemetery Gates" and "Revolution Is My Name".

In 2001, Anselmo decided to put Pantera on hold because of

  • Big Vin Records official website
  • Official Pantera website

External links

  1. ^ Martin Popoff. "DAMAGEPLAN - New Found Power".  
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "New Found Power - Damageplan".  
  3. ^ Gendron, Bob. "Damageplan".   (February 29th, 2004)
  4. ^ "Vinnie Paul on DDRUMS". YouTube. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Black Label Society - Ain't No Sunshine". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  6. ^ "Horns Up Rocks: Vinnie Paul Reacts To Philip Anselmo's Invitation To End Their Feud In Honor Of Dimebag!". 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "Vic Firth Signature Artist: Vinny Paul". Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  9. ^ "Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul: Phoenix Rising". DRUM! Magazine. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 



Rebel Meets Rebel




Paul has said that his biggest drum influences are Peter Criss of KISS[8] and Tommy Aldridge. He has also listed Bill Ward, John Bonham, Mikkey Dee, Alex Van Halen, and Neil Peart as influences.[9]


Paul also uses Evans drum heads, ddrum hardware, ddrum and Roland electronics, Danmar red wood beaters and kick pads, and Shure microphones.

Sticks: Vic Firth Signature Series: Vinnie Paul (SVP)[8]

  • 12" Ice bell
  • 14" AAX Metal Hi-Hats
  • 18" Hand Hammered Rock Crash
  • 20" AA Chinese
  • 19" AA Rock Crash
  • 19" AA Metal-X Crash
  • 22" Hand Hammered Power Bell Ride
  • 20" AA Chinese
  • 14" AA Rock Hi-Hats
  • 20" AA Metal-X Crash

Cymbals: Sabian

  • 24x24 bass drum x2
  • 14x14 tom
  • 15x15 tom
  • 18x18 floor tom
  • 14x8 signature snare drum

Drums: ddrum Vinnie Paul signature series (All drums in his custom dragon finish modeled after the design on his hat)

This is Vinnie Paul's current setup for Hellyeah, taken from the Modern Drummer September 2010 issue:


In 2010, Paul released a cookbook called "Drumming up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul".[7]

In June 2006, after the death of his brother and an 18-month hiatus, Paul was not sure if he would return to music, but eventually joined in with the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which also features vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne, guitarist Tom Maxwell from Nothingface, and bassist Bob Zilla from Damageplan, who was called on to replace original bassist Jerry Montano.

After burying his brother, Paul formed Big Vin Records in February 2006 and released Rebel Meets Rebel and a DVD, Dimevision, Volume 1. Paul (along with Cristina Scabbia, co-lead vocalist of Lacuna Coil) writes a monthly question-and-answer column in Revolver. Paul maintains endorsement deals with ddrum, Sabian cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks. He previously endorsed Tama, Pearl drums, and Remo drumheads and hardware. Paul has also recently been on tour playing drums for Dethklok, playing a show in Philadelphia with Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small. Around this time in his career, he was a one time spokesperson for the Arby's fast food restaurant.

Abbott performing with Hellyeah

Latest projects and Hellyeah

After the breakup of Pantera, the Abbott brothers formed the heavy metal band Damageplan with, a former tattoo artist Bob Zilla on bass, and former Halford guitarist Pat Lachman on lead vocals. Damageplan recorded one album, New Found Power, which was released on February 10, 2004. On December 8, 2004, while on tour to support Damageplan's album, his brother Dimebag Darrell was shot dead onstage by ex-US marine Nathan Gale at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.



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