Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) has actually launched the following declaration concerning the passing of legendary PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott:
"God bless Vinnie Paul - 1964-2018. Daddy Vinnie, your compassion for others and your love of seeing everyone around you happy I will never ever forget. Your heart of gold made the world a better location. Go be with your cherished sibling as I'm sure he's holding the door open to greet you at god's tavern. I like you, my brother."
Wylde was a close pal of Vinnie's brother, late PANTERA guitar player "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed onstage in 2004 when he was simply 38 years old.Due to his relationship with the Abbott family, Zakk was regularly discussed as the most natural and logical fill-in for Dimebag in a hypothetical PANTERA reunion.Story continues after advertisement Wylde informed HardDrive Radio in a 2016 interview
that he was "genuinely honored"that he was being discussed as somebody who might action in for Penny. "Individuals, when they discuss it being a PANTERA'reunion
, '[ it would be a] reunion in sorts of that Vinnie and Phil [Anselmo, PANTERA vocalist] and Rex [Brown, PANTERA bassist] are all buds and hanging out andeverything's good ... in the'reunion'regard. I suggest, obviously, Cent ... there's only one person that can do [what he does], and that's Cent."He continued:"To me, I 'd look at it as it's a PANTERA'celebration,'is
what it is, and all the mountains they conquered and all the success they accomplished. And it would be me, if I'm playing guitar, honoring Penny's achievement, 'cause I enjoy him. To me, that's exactly what it is. "To me, the method I take a look at it is, if Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding asked Eric Clapton if he would play and sing Jimi's stuff, and Eric and Jimi were buddies, so, of course , Eric would do it. You know what I mean? 'Cause what you're doing is commemorating Jimi's life and Jimi's achievement. To me, it's a PANTERA event and Saint Cent event ofhis awesomeness. I imply, that's the way I constantly look at it. I imply, I do it every night when I'm ... When I was touring with the one in charge [Ozzy Osbourne], we celebrate Saint Rhoads every night. You understand what I imply? We celebrate Randy's greatness and exactly what he created. That's the method I look at it." Vinnie died Friday(June 22)in Las Vegas, where he owneda house. No other details of his death were right away readily available. He was
just 54 years old.