VIDEO: Vinnie Paul Remembers Dimebag
AOL Noisecreep recently conducted an interview with former Pantera/current HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul, and the iconic sticksman had some heartwarming thoughts on his brother and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was killed onstage by a lone gunman in 2004.
“The bottom line with Dimebag is he got off on making people happy,” Vinnie said. “It didn’t matter if it was about playing his guitar, shaking their hand, giving them a guitar pick. It didn’t matter… He got off on making people happy.”
He added, “My last experience with my brother… We were playing in Buffalo, New York. We had 173 people come to see Damageplan, which sucked, ’cause Damageplan kicked fucking ass… [laughs] We had a radio show early the next day… He was, like, ‘Man, I’m gonna stay on the bus and just chill.’ So me and Mayhem, our security guard at the time — he got killed that night [in Columbus], too — we went gambling in Niagara Falls. And the bus shows up to get us, and I get on the bus and there’s, like, eighteen people in the fucking front lounge drinking with Dime.
“I’m like, ‘What the fuck are you doing, dude? I thought you were going to sleep?’ He goes, ‘I couldn’t let these people down. They wanted to party, man.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah!’ And that’s just how he was, man. He would not let you down. He was everything you wanted him to be, and then some. And we all miss him.”
“[Dime is] the biggest inspiration in my life,” he adds. “I know he inspires these guys [the rest of HELLYEAH]; I guarantee he’s proud of this band. He’s a part of this band. He might not be standing next to us, but I guarantee he fucking inspires every one of us to kick ass every fucking day and we won’t let him down. And that’s the bottom line.”
Check out the video of the interview below:
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