Paul, Vinnie

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Paul, Vinnie Gender: M
Vincent Paul Abbott
born on 11 March 1964 at 15:02 (= 3:02 PM )
Place Abilene, Texas, 32n27, 99w44
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 21°19' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 23°19 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 05°31'

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Vinnie Paul (2008)
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American musician, songwriter and producer, best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Pantera. He was a member of Hellyeah for 12 years from 2006 until his death. He also co-founded the heavy metal band Damageplan in 2003 with his younger brother, Dimebag Darrell.

His father Jerry was a country music songwriter and producer. Paul originally played the tuba but was directed towards the drums by his father, who said there were no career prospects for a tuba player. Abbott cited Peter Criss and Tommy Aldridge as his biggest influences as a drummer.

Abbott formed the heavy metal band Pantera in 1981 with his brother Darrell Abbott 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.

The Abbott brothers then 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, released on 10 February 2004. On 8 December 2004, while on tour, Darrell Abbott was shot dead onstage by Nathan Gale at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.

After burying his brother, Paul formed Big Vin Records in February 2006 and released Rebel Meets Rebel and a DVD, Dimevision, Volume 1. Abbott along with Cristina Scabbia, co-lead vocalist of Lacuna Coil) wrote a monthly question-and-answer column in Revolver magazine.

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.

On 22 June 2018, Paul died at his Las Vegas, Nevada home, at the age of 54, from a "dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death of Sibling 8 December 2004 ("Dimebag" Darrell Abbott)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth report, "Stork News," Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas), 12 March 1964, p. 49. Full name from Texas Birth Index.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Product Marketing (Endorsements)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Pantera; Damageplan; Rebel Meets Rebel; Hellyeah; Gasoline)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Heavy metal drummer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Music)