The Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown pays tribute to the bandmate and his late friend Vinnie Paul. The former Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul died on June 22 at the age of 54.
At the service, Many friends paid their respects to Vinnie including Pantera’s vocalist Phil Anselmo who appeared via video link.
And now, Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown has written a tribute message to Vinnie Paul for Rolling Stone. In 1981, Rex formed Pantera with Vinnie and Dimebag Darrell (who was killed on December 8, 2004)
In the tribute, Rex sends his condolences to his relatives and family, Especially his father Jerry Abbott “who opened his studio and showed us the ropes in the early days. No man should have to bury his sons.”
He also described friendship with Vinnie in school and shared his bond with Abbott brothers.
“There were a lot of great metal drummers who Vinnie was influenced by, but once he got behind the kit, every single one of them had to take a look at what Vinnie Paul, the Brick Wall, was doing,” Rex writes. “He changed the game. He was the original for his generation, a generation that’s still going. Everybody wanted to play like him. People always thought those were sampled tracks – they were not. Period.”
Rex also reflects on the demise of Pantera, Their legacy, and some Pantera moments and highlights including Kiss’s singing Vinnie a Happy birthday.
Rex Brown closed his remembrance, writing,
“The best way to honor Vinnie is to celebrate his life. He approached drumming, and friendship, with his own brand of perfection. We must remember the great times we shared with him. Rest in peace, Vinnie, and give Dime a big ole’ fashioned Texas style hug from all of us. You made an incredible mark on the world and you were taken from us way too soon.”
Read the Full message here at Pantera Bassist Rex Brown on Vinnie Paul: ‘Everybody Wanted to Play Like Him’