Following the death of Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, the bands bassist Rex Brown has released a full statement paying tribute to his friend and band-mate.
Brown told RollingStone magazine that Paul: “changed the game” when it comes to metal drummers.
Brown told the mag: “He was the original for his generation, a generation that’s still going,” Brown writes. “Everybody wanted to play like him. People always thought those were sampled tracks — they were not. Period.”
Recalling when he met Paul, and his brother, “Dimebag” Darrell whilst at high school, Brown explained that, the brothers were already really gifted musicians, and that the three of them just bonded over their love of rock and metal. This eventually lead to the Abbott brothers inviting Brown to join their band that they had formed called, Pantera. Turning into a powerhouse four-piece when in Phil Anselmo joined the band they took the 90’s by storm.
Brown says: “I don’t think there’ll ever be chemistry like what the four of us shared again,” adding: “I’ve been so blessed in so many ways by having them in my life.”
Talking of Vinnie’s legacy, he explained: “The best way to honor Vinnie is to celebrate his life,” Brown writes. “He approached drumming, and friendship, with his own brand of 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 of us,” he concludes. “You made an incredible mark on the world and you were taken from us way too soon.”
Vinnie Paul died on June 22nd at age 54.