The death of Vinnie Paul sent shock waves through the metal world when it was learned the legendary drummer of Pantera, Damageplan, and HELLYEAH had passed away unexpectedly at his Las Vegas home on June 22 at the age of 54.
Funeral and public memorial arrangements were announced on Wednesday. "Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration of Life" is schedule for Sunday, July 1st at the Bomb Factory in Dallas -– the day after a private funeral in his home state of Texas. Fans wishing to attend the memorial must receive a wristband to enter; the line for wristbands begins at noon outside the venue before the 3:33 pm start (also known by fans as Dime Time).
UK publication Metal Hammer has shared an interview with Vinnie where he revealed the record he’d most want played at his funeral: Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction.
“I’d really want to choose an album that was a goddamn good time, like fuckin’ Guns N’ Roses. I’d want people to celebrate what we’ve done and the fact that we’d had a great life. I wouldn’t want my funeral to be a sad, sappy thing. I’d have the album, but 'Paradise City' and 'Welcome To The Jungle' would give off a positive vibe.”
Vinnie, born Vincent Paul Abbott, is expected to be laid to rest beside his mother, Carolyn Abbott, and his brother and band mate “Dimebag” Darrell, who was shot and killed on stage in December 2004 by a deranged fan during a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio.