|Born on: 11.03.1964
Vincent Paul "Vinnie" Abbott (born on March 11, 1964 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.) is a heavy metal drummer and producer who is currently a member of supergroup Hellyeah, but is best known for being a member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera. He also co-founded the heavy metal band Damageplan in 2003 with his late brother, Dimebag Darrell.
Vinnie Paul formed the heavy metal band Pantera in 1981 with his brother Dimebag Darrell on guitar, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Terry Glaze, and vocalist Donnie Hart. Upon Hart's departure, Glaze assumed vocal duties and the band released three albums with that lineup.
Pantera recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo to replace Glaze in 1988. 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, in 1995 for "I'm Broken", 1997 for "Suicide Note Pt. I", 1998 for "Cemetery Gates" and 2001 for "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 happened in 2003 due to a few reasons, but mainly because of the ongoing dispute between Phil and the rest of the band, although Rex seemed to stay pretty neutral about everything. In the years to follow bad blood would stir up between Vinnie and Anselmo. To this day, Vinnie and Phil do not talk. Phil has announced publicly he wishes Vinnie to forgive him, and reform a friendship, however Vinnie Paul maintains that he will never talk to Anselmo again.
While in between bands, the Abbott brothers and Pantera bassist Rex Brown teamed up with country artist David Allan Coe in a project called Rebel Meets Rebel in 2000.
The Abbott brothers formed heavy metal band Damageplan with, then-tattoo artist, Bob Zilla on bass, and former Halford guitarist, Patrick Lachman on vocals. Damageplan recorded one album, New Found Power, which was released in February 2004. On December 8, 2004, while on tour to support Damageplan's album, Dimebag Darrell was shot onstage by former US marine Nathan Gale at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.
After the death of his brother, Vinnie Paul was unsure if he wanted to return to music, but eventually joined the supergroup Hellyeah. Hellyeah also features vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne, guitarist Tom Maxwell from Nothingface, and bassist Bob Zilla from Damageplan, who replaced original bassist Jerry Montano.