Rex Brown, a fellow founding member the legendary metal band Pantera, has penned a heartfelt tribute to his former bandmate and friend, Vinnie Paul.
Paul, the drummer for Pantera and Hellyeah, died on June 22 at the age 54. Since his death, public figures and fans have been paying tribute to the musician social media, and in person at his public memorial in Dallas that took place last week.
Brown was friends with Paul and his late brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott since their time in school together. In the tribute, Rolling Stone, Brown touches on their personal relationship and the relationship that Paul had with his fans and metal community.
“There were a lot great metal drummers who Vinnie was influenced by, but once he got behind the kit, every single one them had to take a look at what Vinnie Paul, the Brick Wall, was doing,” Rex writes. “He changed the game. He was the original for his generation, a generation that’s still going. Everybody wanted to play like him. People always thought those were sampled tracks — they were not. Period.”
“The best way to honor Vinnie is to celebrate his life. He approached drumming, and friendship, with his own brand perfection. We must remember the great times we shared with him. Rest in peace, Vinnie, and give Dime a big ole’ fashioned Texas style hug from all us,” he continues. “You made an incredible mark on the world and you were taken from us way too soon.”