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Formed: 2003
From: TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Born in Texas, Vinnie and Dime grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where they came from a very musical background. Their father, Jerry Abbott, owned and engineered a recording studio not far from their home. The brothers used to hang out down at the studio on a regular basis, where they got to see their share of Texas legends. Dime and Vinnie were also influenced by such greats as Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Edward Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Tommy Aldridge, John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, and Neil Peart, just to name a few. This helped progress the 'dynamic duo' into the most influential guitarist and drummer of the 1990's, where they have continued their groundbreaking techniques and styles into the new millennium.

They picked up singer, Pat Lachman, guitarist for Halford and Diesel Machine and added Bob Kakaha (aka Bob Zilla) on bass, both of whom were friends with Dime and Vinny, and the lineup was complete.

Pat views Damageplan as a natural progression of the nucleus that made Pantera a legend in the first place. 'Comparisons are going to come because it's the evolution of a legacy, even though we're not trying to be Pantera. We're trying to evolve and do something different. And indeed the comparisons have been made.

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VH1 Classic Poker Tournament Featuring Ace Frehley

GodTwo lucky UltimateBet free online poker players will challenge the likes of GODSMACK's Sully Erna, DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA's Vinnie Paul and even ZZ TOP's Dusty Hill to a not-so-friendly game of poker during VH1 Classic Rock n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament. The televised debut in Las Vegas will premiere on VH1 Classic on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

As one of the event sponsors, UltimateBet.tv awarded two of its free online poker players with the opportunity to participate by registering online with their daily free roll to become a contender during the celebrity poker event.

"The cowboy from Hell is coming to town, winner takes all!" proclaimed DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA's Vinnie Paul upon announcing his participation in the event.

The prize package, worth $2,500, included roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation in Las Vegas, as well as $150 per day. The tournament was recorded in front of a live audience of 150 people in Vegas from October 31 to November 3.

Sully Erna, lead singer of GODSMACK, challenged tournament players to "Go ahead and try to SMACK me out of this tournament."

All cash winnings of the poker tournament will be donated to the charity of the tournament winner's choice. The 1st place winner will also win a trip to Aruba for next year's UltimateBet Poker Classic.

As players are knocked out of the tournament, they will enter a "Green Room" hosted by poker greats Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. Interviews will be conducted, coaching sessions will be given by Phil Laak, and a heads up tournament will be played. The champion of the Green Room heads up tournament will win a Cruise to Alaska.

The televised event, hosted by poker legend Phil Helmuth, will include rock star poker celebrities Sully Erna, Vinnie Paul, Dusty Hill, Ace Frehley (ex-KISS), and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX).

Additional information about the VH1 Classic Rock n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament can be found at the UltimateBet web site.

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KSE Kick Off Tour w/ Pat Lachman Filling In

Killswitch Engage kicked off their headlining slot on the inaugural No Fear Music Tour last night to a sold out crowd at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. The band has with them Pat Lachman, known as the voice of Damageplan as well as for his guitar work with Halford and Diesel Machine, filling in for injured guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Dutkiewicz underwent emergency back surgery last month during Killswitch Engage's European leg and will spend the next few months recuperating. He plans to rejoin his bandmates later this spring.

In recent Killswitch Engage news, current single "My Curse" from the album As Daylight Dies hit #15 in the Active Rock format this week, and the video recently peaked at #1 on MTV2. The band, including Dutkiewicz, will be shooting a video for the follow up single, "The Arms of Sorrow," in March.

Dates for the inaugural No Fear Music Tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Dragonforce and He Is Legend are as follows: More...

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HellYeah Set Album Release Date

HELLYEAH, the new band featuring former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, will release its self-titled debut album on April 10 via Epic Records.

The quintet includes three of hard rock's most revered and valuable players, with careers highlighted by an astonishing run of chart-topping gold and platinum albums, major industry awards, critical acclaim, Grammy nominations and music of monolithic power.

"Tom [Maxwell, NOTHINGFACE; guitar], Jerry [Montano, DANZIG, NOTHINGFACE; bass] and I have been talking about working together ever since we staggered through the streets of New Orleans five years ago," says MUDVAYNE/HELLYEAH vocalist Chad "Helvis" Gray. "I mentioned it to Greg [Tribbett, MUDVAYNE; guitar] and he immediately wanted in, and when Vinnie came on board the whole thing just took on a life of its own. This was a must-do project for all of us."

"The guys from HELLYEAH and the incredible music we've created have brought me back to what I love," states Vinnie. "'HellYeah' is the best record I've collaborated on since [PANTERA's] 'Vulgar Display of Power'. The vibe is positive with a kick-your-ass-attitude.' I can't wait to take this band on tour."

Gray and Tribbett will tour in support of the HELLYEAH debut in between recording the new MUDVAYNE album. The follow-up to 2004's blockbuster release, "Lost And Found", which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200, is due this fall and finds the Grammy-nominated quartet working once again with producer Dave Fortman (EVANESCENCE, SUPERJOINT RITUAL).

"It's cool to have both MUDVAYNE and HELLYEAH as creative outlets now, even though the approach, subject matter, and attitudes between the two projects are completely different," says Gray. "I'm looking forward to balancing both bands in my life — my new extremely busy life."

A nine-minute video of HELLYEAH writing and recording its self-titled album in Dallas, Texas has been posted online at YouTube.com. Two songs from the CD — "Hellyeah" and "Matter of Time" — are available for listening on the band's MySpace page.

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Dimebag's Murder Story To Be Covered In Book

MJS Music Publications has set a February 2007 publication date for "A Vulgar Display Of Power: Courage And Carnage At The Alrosa Villa" (cover), a new book by author Chris A. The official book description follows:

On December 8th, 1980, a lone gunman took the life of John Lennon, one of rock 'n' roll's most iconic personalities. Almost to the minute, 24 years later, heavy metal's most beloved guitarist, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, was tragically murdered while performing at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio. It was a night filled with tragedy yet offset by exceptional heroism. Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson, Erin Halk and Nathan Bray each lost their lives while trying to aid Dimebag and protect the lives of hundreds of people from an armed killing machine. "A Vulgar Display of Power" tells the true story of the events leading up to the tragic murders. It peers into the twisted mind and background of a killer intoxicated by psychotic rage and driven by the voice of the beast inside his head. "A Vulgar Display of Power" attempts to make sense of what appears to be a senseless act. Unlike books that only focus on the evil of the killer or the fruits of the crime, "A Vulgar Display of Power" also extols the inspirational selflessness of those who died trying to help others. Within its pages, readers will meet and experience the lives of Erin Halk, Jeff Thompson, and Nathan Bray. In addition, the book contains a moving tribute to Dimebag Darrell Abbott with contributions from fans, rock stars and friends. Supported by approximately 200 never-before-published personal photographs, and augmented by actual crime scene photos, the lives of those lost and the events of the sad evening of December 8th, 2004 will clearly come into focus. "A Vulgar Display of Power" dispels the myths and presents the complex facts behind the horrific murders at the Alrosa Villa. As tragic as the event was, readers will be left in awe by the courage and compassion demonstrated by so many people.

The actions of the Columbus Police Department, various fire department and rescue squads, plus many of the Alrosa's staff and patron's reflect the selfless courage of humanity even at times of great distress. Written with a focus on taste, class and dignity, readers are sure to close the last page of this masterpiece with seemingly rival emotions of sadness and pride. What is certain is that anyone who reads "A Vulgar Display of Power" will never forget Dimebag Darrell Abbott nor the incredible sacrifices of Nathan Bray, Erin Halk or Jeff Thompson.

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Two Years Later: Remembering "Dimebag" Darrell

The saying goes that “time heals all wounds”, I find it to be an expression that fails to capture how slow and awkward the process of healing can be. It’s been two years since the unexpected passing of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and the metal community is still adjusting. Bands continue to fervently tribute songs and even entire sets and albums to the man. As a fan, hearing any Pantera song today summons more emotions than originally intended. It’s remarkable and somewhat amusing, to find oneself tearing up to “Five Minutes Alone”. Slowly however, I find that the more often I play a Pantera song, the less it feels like a part of the grieving process.

Metal Underground.com has become one of the many hubs where Dime’s creative impact and his passing still resonate. Virtually every thread relating to Pantera and Damage Plan boast a countless array of heartfelt sentiments from admirers across the globe. Coping has not come easily but fans continue to celebrate Darrell Abbott’s life by blasting his music at preposterous volumes and toasting with his patented Black tooth grin. Some find solace in the killer having been felled by a 12 gauge shotgun to the face, metal justice by anyone’s standards but poor consolation nonetheless. Most still ponder the hows and whys of the tragedy, while recieving little in the way of answers or closure. While fans will always be distressed and confused by the actions of one lone lunatic, it’s Darrell Abbott’s friends and family who have suffered the most.

Only recently have we seen any signs of recovery from the surviving members of Pantera and Damage Plan. Darrels brother, Vinnie Paul Abbott, has continued to keep himself busy with his advice column in Revolver Magazine. Last month he dubbed his newly formed supergroup Hell Yeah, which features members of Mudvayne and Nothingface. Similarly, Patrick Lachman went on to front the Mercy Clinic, while Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo have been hard at work on the next Down record.

Like all so called legends, Dimebag has a legacy of achievements that may eclipse -who- the man was. By all accounts, Darrell Abbott was a gracious and personable individual, known to wade amongst the masses at shows, personally handing out tickets, merchandise and even drinks to his fans. Dime was also in the habit of greeting new tour mates (read: total strangers) like they were old friends. Members of Shadows Fall, Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Korn and Black Label Society have all been taken aback by Darrell’s outgoing hospitality.

In celebrating Dime’s monumental impact, it’s important that we as fans do not deify him. Darrell Abbott was many things to many people but no more or less human than anyone else. By living out his childhood dream and utilizing sheer force of will, he reinvented metal during the reign of grunge. It's conceivable that metal music might still be saving face from the extended glam farce of the 80's, if not for the cowboys from hell. We owe it to Dime and ourselves, to carry on his legacy but not with the sad bastard-fanaticism some reserve for Presley, Cobain, Hendrix and Lennon. On this, the second anniversary of his passing, the man who helped devise “Vulgar Display of Power” would rather us be banging our heads than hanging them.

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Lost Dimebag Track Unearthed And Posted Online

Dan McNew, the organizer of the Ride for Dime bike rally in honor of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, has posted the following message on the RideForDime.com web site:

"We all know Dimebag's musical roots were in country western music, and we all know what a great sense of humor he had. And last but not least, Dime supported the local music scene in Dallas and would sometimes record with local musicians. I ran into one of those musicians, 'Throbbin Donnie Rodd' tonight [Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006] in a club who told me the story of how Dimebag sat in on a recording session with him and recorded this country western song called 'Country Western Transvestite Whore'. Dime plays lead guitar and lead vocals. I just wanted to pass this song on to everyone. Enjoy!"

You can download the "Country Western Transvestite Whore" track at this location.

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Vinnie Paul's New Supergroup Named Hell Yeah

Former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul has confirmed that his new band has been officially dubbed Hell Yeah.

The lineup also features Chad Gray (Mudvayne) on vocals, Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne) on guitar, Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) on guitar, Jerry Montano (Danzig, Nothingface) on bass.

In a recent interview with BW&BK, Paul was tight-lipped about the topic: "I mean, I can't really say what's going on, but I've got some stuff I'm working on right now, some people who've been really, really cool and a lot of fun to work with. And we're just kind of keeping everything under wraps." Expect an album from Hell Yeah to surface early next year via Paul's label, Big Vin Records.

An audio sample from HellYeah is currently streaming at the group's new MySpace page.

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Vinnie Paul Is Recovering

Mike Devlin of Victoria, British Columbia's Times Colonist reports:

Vinnie Paul, legendary drummer for metal gods PANTERA and, later, DAMAGEPLAN, has resumed his position behind his drum kit and is on the road to emotional recovery following a disastrous 2004.

In December of that year, Paul's brother and longtime band mate, Dimebag Darrell, was shot and killed on stage during a Columbus, Ohio, DAMAGEPLAN concert.

It took Paul more than a year to recover from the horror of the incident.

"Things are different now, and that's the way I have to look at it, otherwise it is depressing and hard to try to live," says Paul, a native of Dallas, Tex.

"The most important thing for me to do is keep kicking ass because that's what he wants me to do."

Among his many new creative pursuits is a custom Pearl drum kit bearing his signature.

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UK Mag Advertises Message From The Late Dimebag

'Harmonize', a registered member of the official MEGADETH forum, posted a U.K. magazine advertisement for the British television drama series "Afterlife". The advertisement appears to contain a fraudulent message from the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (Pantera, Damageplan), written post-mortem. "Afterlife" is based on the activities of a psychic medium who can seemingly communicate with the spirits of the deceased, and the advertisement is thus designed to imitate a classified "Personals" page in a newspaper where the recently passed-over are able to make contact with those of us still alive. The supposed message from Dimebag is as follows:

"Darrell, 38, talented guitarist, shot by crazed fan. Tell the bro's back home I'm doing fine. Raise a blacktooth on me. Oh yeah, Jimi says hi."

You can take a look at the advertisement here, and a close-up of the Dimebag message part here.

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Soil Refuses To Play At Site Of Dimebag's Death

SOiL has refused to play the October 26th date in Columbus, OH of the MUSHROOMHEAD/SOiL tour at the Al Rosa Villa club. The band cites the murder of the legendary Dimebag Darrel that occured at the club in December 2005. "We find it in bad taste that the club is even still standing" says guitarist Shaun Glass. "I would be sick to my stomach to just walk into that place." Bassist Tim King continues "Maybe other bands can play the club and not be bothered by what happened in there, but as close as we were with Dime and the DAMAGEPLAN camp, we would be unable to get on that stage without breaking down. We hope our fans will understand and respect our decision."

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Nothingface Vocalist Talks About Side-Project

In a recent interview conducted by Greg Maki of Live-Metal.net, NOTHINGFACE vocalist Matt Holt discussed the new project featuring NOTHINGFACE members Tom Maxwell (guitar) and Jerry Montano (bass), former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul and MUDVAYNE members Chad Gray (vocals) and Greg Tribbett (guitar).

Live-Metal: How is this new band or project or whatever it is with Tom and Jerry and Vinnie Paul and the MUDVAYNE guys going to affect NOTHINGFACE?

Matt Holt: "I don't think it'll affect us at all. First of all, Tom is 100-percent — I mean, NOTHINGFACE is his baby. And Chad and Greg, they're not going to leave MUDVAYNE. It's something that especially Tom and Chad and Jerry had talked about for a very long time, and Vinnie and Greg became part of it over time. I'm happy for those guys to finally do this. If anything, it'll probably help us because if it puts Tom and Jerry in front of mainstream people, it's just gonna bring more attention to us. I'm not looking at it as something that's hindering us or anything else like that. I think it's cool. Actually, I haven't heard it. I haven't gotten a chance to hear any of it yet. I can't even tell you what it sounds like. I've heard it was kinda Southern metal-ish. I can imagine what those guys would put together knowing all those guys so well. But it's gonna be good. People should be excited about it if they are. It's not going to affect NOTHINGFACE at all."

Live-Metal: How did [NOTHINGFACE] get back together again? More...

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Photos Of Dimebag Tribute In Newfoundland

A tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mainman Chuck Schuldiner has been painted on a wall in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Check out photos of the mural at this location.

Abbott was shot to death just moments into a DAMAGEPLAN concert on December 8, 2004 at a Columbus, Ohio club. His killer, a disturbed 25-year-old ex-Marine, was slain by a police officer at the scene.

This past Sunday (August 20) would have Abbott's 40th birthday.

Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

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Pantera Publicist Puts E! Reporter In Her Place

"E! was seeking video of Dimebag Darryl to use in an upcoming 25 Most Chilling Hollywood Murders special, and went to publicist Janie Hoffman. Her response?

Hi Beau. I’m leaving John’s comments in cause he’s a nice guy and I know this was difficult for him to send on through. I’m also blind copying a whole list of folks who will most likely copy a whole other list of folks until maybe this spreads like a good email should and end up on 100,000 websites to show the world what a collective bunch of tasteless morons you all are.

Dime’s birthday is this coming Sunday and your timing couldn’t be worse. Not that there is a good time. In fact, in honor of his birthday, I think I’ll send this around to a few of our favorite music websites who will most likely print the whole damn thing word for word, including your phone number and email. For good measure, I’m going to throw in the top 50 major daily music and some of the top TV writers in the country and why not, the weeklies as well.

I realize there is nothing anyone can do to stop E! from producing garbage like this below, as you’ve built your audience on the backs of other people’s private lives, creating some type of warped reality out of your garbage, which is merely excuses for programming on the cheap and at the expense of others.

I would like to request that you please read this out out loud to all the creative geniuses in the programming department that came up with this idea.

We have received your request to license footage on Dimebag Darrell Abbott for your upcoming production of, “25 Most Chilling Hollywood Murders.”

While we realize the average E! audience most likely has the IQ of an umbrella, they collectively are a smarter bunch than the lot of you. Your programming creativity falls somewhere to the bottom of the middle at best, and that’s saying a lot.

I ask that you all please take a moment from your busy days and close your eyes. Live out the fantasy of playing your favorite instrument onstage. Your closest friends in the world surround you, either in the band or in your crew. From one side of the stage, a man approaches. Thinking he’s a security guy or a drunk fan who’s just a bit out a line, you continue to perform. Two seconds later, he lifts his arms, aims a rifle at your brother, your best friend, your buddy and blows his brains out, not three feet from where you are. In the nanosecond it takes you to comprehend the magnitude of what just happened, he does it again…and again…and again…and again…and again…and again before taking aim and murdering additional members of your extended family as well as fans that have come to see you play. Two of your crew are shot but survive, but of course, will never be the same again.

Now imagine it’s a few years later and you turn on the TV set. Just in case you may be having at least a five minute respite from that scene that plays over and over in your head, just in case…..you flip through the channels and there it is. Again. Only with some two bit actor who thinks this is his big Hollywood break.

And please, if you don’t like that scenario, make believe it’s your child who got his brains splattered all over a stage in Ohio. And then you turn on E! Oh, the magic of television!

In case none of this appears clear enough and you need a definitive answer to your request…no. The answer if no, and on behalf of everyone that was there that night and everyone that misses him every day, you can take that no and shove it up your collective asses.

And, for your second request, yes, you can quote me on that.


Jane Hoffman"

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Metal Supergroup w/ Vinne Paul, Chad Grey, NF

The recently rumored band will feature Mudvayne members Chad Gray on vocals and Greg Tribbett on guitar, along with Nothingface's Tom Maxwell on guitar and Jerry Montano on bass. Vinnie Paul will of course handle the drums.

In a bulletin that briefly ran on Nothingface's MySpace page, Montano said that "The five of us have been working our asses off on our 'Top Secret' project," that the new material the group has been working on "is amazing," and that their album should be out in the spring, followed by a U.S. tour.

The name for the group has yet to be officially confirmed.

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New Dimebag Darrell Razorback Guitar

Dean Guitars redefines the attitude of the V with its USA-made Razorback V (photo), designed by the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. With its barbed body points, painted beveled edges, and an overall look of a deadly weapon, this V doesn't just fly, it rips through space leaving damage in its wake.

The Razorback V features set neck construction, Grover tuners, Dimebag traction knobs, Dimebuckerbridge pickup, DiMarzio neck pickup, Floyd Rose tremolo and a pearl razor inlay at the 12th fret.

Available in four, two-tone edge colors: silver, green, yellow and red, the Razorback V lists for $5,335 and includes a hard shell case.

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UFC Ultimate Beatdowns To Be Re-Issued

The UFC backed compilation "UFC Ultimate Beatdowns Vol. 1" will be reissued on August 29th via Nitrus with a revised track listing. Here's how it will now shape up:
01 - UFC Intro - "Optimus Bellum Domitor"
02 - Stemm - "Face The Pain"
03 - Slayer - "Warzone"
04 - Damageplan - "Blunt Force Trauma"
05 - Hatebreed - "Live For This"
06 - American Head Charge - "Cowards"
07 - Shadows Fall - "Power Of I And I"
08 - Sepultura - "Bullet The Blue Sky" (U2 cover) 09 - Fear Factory - "Slave Labor"
10 - Icepick - "Born To Crush You"
11 - Killswitch Engage - "Breathe Life"
12 - Chimaira - "Indifferent To Suffering"
13 - U.P.O. - "It's Alright"
14 - Index Case - "Listen"
15 - Black Flood Diesel - "Lost Cause"
16 - Scars Of Life - "Dying Here"

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Vinnie Paul: "I Will Never Talk To Philip Anselmo"

Johnson Cummins of the Montreal Mirror recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Montreal Mirror: The last time you and I spoke was right after PANTERA played in Montreal, the time Phil Anselmo made some white-supremacist comments from the stage. Your falling out with him has been well documented. Have you two buried the hatchet?

Vinnie Paul: "Nah, I will never talk to that guy again. That Montreal incident was only one of many other dumb incidents he's been a part of, and I'm sure he will continue to do. I just hope a lot of people know that he was never speaking for the band when he opened his mouth. I really have no use for him and just keep my distance — I'll just leave it at that."

Montreal Mirror: A lot of people are wondering when you are going to get back behind the drum kit again. Any plans?

Vinnie Paul: "I definitely still have a passion about it, but running this record label has been really busy and it's ended up being great therapy for me. Thanks to people like Zakk Wylde, GODSMACK, DISTURBED and Sammy Hagar — those people have really pulled through and helped me get playing again. When the right situation comes along, I'll know it, and I'll be back behind the drums again."

Montreal Mirror: You were in a dark place for a long time after Dimebag's tragic death. How did you get out of it?

Vinnie Paul: "Me and Dime did everything together from day one. When it happened, I didn't think I was really going to be able to carry on. There were several times where I would just wish I could die in my sleep. It was just that miserable. When something this tragic happens, you feel totally out of control and totally useless. You never get over it, but you have to learn to dig deep inside and learn how to cope with it. After a period of time, I could feel his energy, and I just know he wanted me to keep going, and I had to do everything I could to keep going. I also felt I had to do everything I could to make sure his legacy lives on forever. If the roles were reversed, I would be the guy in the sky pushing him on.

Montreal Mirror: Do you have any particular memories of Dimebag that stick out in your mind?

Vinnie Paul: "There really are so many. I remember the last time I saw him. We used to have a code word, which was 'Van Halen,' and that just meant to let it all hang out and have a really good time, because we both thought VAN HALEN were just one of the most kick-ass bands ever. He was warming up on his guitar before our show like he always did, and putting chapstick on his lips like he always did before a show. I just went up to him and said, 'Van Halen,' and he looked over at me and said, 'Van fucking Halen,' and we high-fived each other. I didn't know it, but a minute and a half later I would never hear from him again."

Vinnie Paul has lined up the following in-store appearances at Steve's Music locations in Canada:

Jun. 03 - Toronto, ONT - 415 Queen St. W
Jun. 05 - Ottawa, ONT - 308 Rideau St.
Jun. 06 - Montreal, QUE - 51 St-Antoine St. W

Read the full article at Montreal Mirror.

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"Rebel Meets Rebel" Adds To Dimebag's Legacy

Launch Radio Networks reports: In stores [since Tuesday, May 2] is "Rebel Meets Rebel", an album featuring the last completed recordings by slain PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The disc was recorded over a four-year period by Abbott, his brother and drummer Vinnie Paul, PANTERA bassist Rex Brown and country singer David Allan Coe. Vinnie Paul told Launch that the CD is a tribute to his late brother's talents. "It was a cool record, you know," he said. "It was just something that was really cool and something that's gonna add to Dime's incredible legacy that he already has. It's got some of the most stellar guitar work he's ever done in his entire life on there, and it was a fun record to make and it makes me feel like I'm still workin'with him right now. It's just one more thing that he did that's amazing, you know."

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Rebel Meets Rebel, 'DimeVision' Release Party

The official release party for the debut album from REBEL MEETS REBEL — the project featuring three of the founding members of PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe — and the "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" DVD tribute to Dimebag will be held on May 2 at the Clubhouse in Dallas, Texas. "We will have one hell of a night celebrating these historic releases," said Vinnie, who is putting out both the CD and DVD on May 2 through his own Big Vin Records label. "Of course I will be there, David Allan Coe and Miss Kim will be there and no telling who else… Hillbilly Orchestra, Dr.Rock and all the lovely Clubhouse dancers will provide the evenings entertainment as well as a healthy dose of PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN and David Allan Coe music and 'Dimevision' will be on the big screens all night!!!!"

Described as a unique crossover of country, metal and rock, REBEL MEETS REBEL's self-titled CD was recorded and mixed over a four-year period (1999-2003) at Chasin Jason studios in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas

"DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" will feature both performance footage and offstage antics from the legendary guitarist. Vinnie Paul recently told Launch that the disc captures the essence of Abbott's personality. "I think it's a really amazing tribute to my brother and it'll put a smile on your face," he said. "It'll make you laugh and there's stuff on there that people have never seen, and there's stuff on there I'd never seen, that just — I couldn't believe it. I was just like, 'Man, nobody could cut up like Dime.'"

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First Rebel Meets Rebel Single Posted Online

A full-length version of the first single, "Nothin' To Lose," from the upcoming self-titled debut from REBEL MEETS REBEL, the project featuring three of the founding members of PANTERA (drummer Vinnie Paul, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe, has been posted online at the band's MySpace.com page. The song starts off with the sounds of David and Dimebag playing slot machines, and then you hear the awesome crunch of that classic Dimebag groove. The single will go for radio adds on March 14. The full-length CD is due on May 2 via Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records, which has secured a distribution deal via Fontana. A "mega-huge" CD-release party will be held at a "secret location" in Dallas, to be revealed at the last minute. Vinnie (and some other special guests) will be on hand to sign copies of the CD and play it in its entirety for the first time in public.

Described as a unique crossover of country, metal and rock, REBEL MEETS REBEL's self-titled CD was recorded and mixed over a four-year period (1999-2003) at Chasin Jason studios in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas and is set to contain a total of 12 tracks, including "Nothin' To Lose", "No Compromise", "Rebel Meets Rebel", "Cowboys", "Panfilo", "Heartworn Highway", "One Night Stand", "Arizona Rivers", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My Life". Audio samples of six songs are currently available on their official web site.

According to Vinnie, a possibility exists that a touring version of REBEL MEETS REBEL will hit the road this summer. Fans are invited to cast a vote on the site to make the tour a reality.

As previously reported, Big Vin will simultaneously be releasing "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have", a tribute DVD to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The disc, "which remembers and celebrates the life of my brother," according to Vinnie, will feature Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every serious PANTERA fan will have to own.

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