Drummer - Heavy metal
Bands: Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah, Gasoline
Drumsticks: Vic Firth
Vincent Paul Abbott, also known as "Vinnie Paul" (born onMarch 11, 1964 ) is an American professional drummer and producer who is currently a member of supergroup Hellyeah. He was best known for being a member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera. He also co-founded the heavy metal band Damageplan in 2003 with his late younger brother, Dimebag Darrell.
Vinnie 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 1988. 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 back pain while he toured and recorded with his side projects. Pantera's official disbandment took place in 2003 for several reasons, but mainly because of the ongoing dispute between Anselmo and the rest of the band, although Rex Brown remained neutral. In the years to follow bad blood would stir up between Paul and Anselmo. To this day, Anselmo announced publicly he wishes Paul to forgive him, and reform a friendship. However Paul has stated he will never talk to Anselmo again.
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 former US marine Nathan Gale at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.
Latest projects and Hellyeah
After burying Dimebag, Vinnie Paul formed Big Vin Records in February 2006 and released Rebel Meets Rebel and a DVD, Dimevision, Volume 1. Paul 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.
In June 2006, after the death of his brother and an 18 month hiatus, Vinnie Paul was unsure if he would return to music, but eventually joined in with the 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.
Vic Firth Vinnie Paul Signature Drumsticks
Heavy metal drummer and producer Vinnie Paul is most known for his work with Pantera and Damageplan. With a full-sized shaft and an enlarged tear drop tip, this stick is built for power.
Each Vic Firth Signature Series drumstick model was conceived through extensive research with the finest drummers from a variety of musical styles. The designs reflect their musical requirements in terms of balance, feel, sound projection and cymbal color.
Features: 16-7/8" x .630" diameter
Vinnie Paul Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 15.