Vinnie Paul

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Vinnie Paul
Paul in 2008
Background information
Birth name Vincent Paul Abbott
Born (1964-03-11) March 11, 1964 (age 53)
Origin Abilene, Texas, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Years active 1981–present
Labels Big Vin
Associated acts

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 late younger brother, Dimebag Darrell.

Personal life[edit]

Vincent Paul Abbott was born in Abilene, Texas on March 11, 1964. His parents are Jerry, a country music songwriter and producer, and Carolyn Abbott.

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 succeeded by Rex Brown. The band released three albums with that lineup.

Pantera recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo 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 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 Abbott brothers, although Rex Brown remained neutral. In the years to follow, animosity would stir up between Abbott and Anselmo. Anselmo has publicly announced that he wishes for Paul to forgive him and reform a friendship. However, Paul has stated that he is not interested in speaking to Anselmo.[citation needed]

Paul has said that his biggest drum influences are Peter Criss of KISS[6] and Tommy Aldridge—also mentioning Bill Ward, John Bonham, Mikkey Dee, Alex Van Halen, and Neil Peart.[7]


After the breakup of Pantera, the Abbott brothers formed the heavy metal band Damageplan with 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, Dimebag Darrell was shot dead onstage by ex-US marine Nathan Gale at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.

Latest projects and Hellyeah[edit]

Abbott performing with Hellyeah

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.

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. As of 2016, the group has released 5 albums, with the latest being Unden!able, released in June 2016.

For several years, Paul has been trying to publish a cookbook called Drumming up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul.[8][9]


Paul used Tama drums during the Cowboys from Hell album and tour from 1990 until 1992.[10][11] On Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven albums and tours respectively, he used Remo drums.[12][13] Paul was endorsed by Remo until The Great Southern Trendkill album, when he changed his endorsement to Pearl drums.[14] He was endorsed by Pearl from 1996 until 2008,[15][16] when he made his latest change to ddrum.[17] Paul has used Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks throughout his career. He is also known for using triggered samples mixed with real miked drum sounds during live shows.[18]

As of 2010, this is Paul's current setup for Hellyeah:[19]

Drums: ddrum Vinnie Paul signature series (All drums in his custom dragon finish modeled after the design on his hat, along other Hellyeah album art related designs)

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

Cymbals: Sabian

  • 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

Sticks: Vic Firth Signature Series: Vinnie Paul (SVP),[6] which he is known to play with backwards, hitting with the butt-end of the stick.[17]

Paul also uses Evans drum heads, ddrum hardware, ddrum and Roland electronics, Danmar red wood beaters and kick pads,[20] Shure microphones and Neumann sport gloves.




Rebel Meets Rebel[edit]



  1. ^ Martin Popoff. "DAMAGEPLAN - New Found Power". 
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "New Found Power - Damageplan". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Gendron, Bob. "Damageplan". Chicago Tribune.  (February 29, 2004)
  4. ^ "Vinnie Paul on DDRUMS". YouTube. November 5, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Black Label Society - Ain't No Sunshine". YouTube. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Vic Firth Signature Artist: Vinny Paul". Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hellyeah's Vinnie Paul: Phoenix Rising". DRUM! Magazine. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hellyeah Drummer Vinnie Paul Planning to Release Cookbook". Loudwire. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ Banana 101.5 (May 19, 2016). "Vinnie Paul Talks Cookbooks, Strip Clubs, and Vehicle City Tacos". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ "Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (Live @ Monsters of Rock, Moscow 1991) [HD]". July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ "Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (Video)". April 7, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  12. ^ "Pantera - Walk (Video)". April 7, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  13. ^ RHINO (October 29, 2009). "Pantera - I'm Broken (Official Video)". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ MetallicaSimpson (November 27, 2012). "PanterA Walk LiVE TV proshot 1996 HD 2012 720p". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ RHINO (October 26, 2009). "Pantera - Revolution Is My Name (Official Video)". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  16. ^ Davide Paganin (February 13, 2012). "Pantera - Live Ozzfest 2000 (HQ Audio)". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  17. ^ a b bigvintv (November 5, 2008). "Vinnie Paul on DDRUMS". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  18. ^ "Vinnie Paul: Gearing Up - Modern Drummer Magazine". July 15, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Modern Drummer". Modern Drummer. September 2010. 
  20. ^ "Danmar Percussion Products USA - Endorsers". Retrieved August 26, 2017. 

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