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3 New interviews with Vinnie. Planet Mosh, Jeff Cavanaugh, and Metal Head to Head.

In April, Vinnie sat down with Planet Mosh to talk about the new Hellyeah album and tour, Dime, Kiss, Pantera’s legacy and more:

Jeff Cavanaugh of recently conducted an interview with Vinnie about the development of Hellyeah, the new line up, and the possibility of PANTERA one day being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:

Vinnie was also recently featured with Joe Satriani in the latest episode of Fuse’s “Metalhead To Head”.

vanyaland: Vinnie on the legacy of ‘Far Beyond Driven’, Pantera dance remixes and moving forward with Hellyeah

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We had no idea what they were going to do with it because they said “remix” and we were like, “Let’s see what happens.” I really thought that what they meant by “remix” was remix; I didn’t know they were going to rework the songs and almost turn them into dance grooves and stuff. I don’t think any of us were too thrilled with it and of course the record companies do what record companies do and put it out whether you like it or not, so that’s kind of how that happened.

Looking back, are you glad you decided not to go with the original artwork on Far Beyond Driven [depicting a drill bit entering an ass]?

Hmmm…um, not really. The original thought was “metal up your ass,” you know? And like you said, in 1994, heavy metal was uncool and we wanted to be as metal as we could. The label agreed with us and then came back three days later and said, “Uhhh…we can’t get this into Walmart, Target and retail and it’s gonna kill us.” So we got back with the guy who did the artwork, Dean Karr, and he did the one with the drill in the head which signifies the same thing.

Speaking of artwork, one of the things I’ve always wanted to ask you was about the Cowboys from Hell cover. There’s a notion by some that on the first pressings that you were holding a sandwich or a hamburger or something.

Honestly, it was money, but I have definitely heard, “Were you holding a sandwich?” or “What were you holding?” At the time, we didn’t have any money to speak of and the art director, Bob Defrin, handed me like six hundred dollar bills that he had in his pocket and that was like the most money I’d ever in my hands – ever!

In the Pantera catalog, from Cowboys on, where do place Far Beyond Driven in terms of importance?

Ahh man, it was huge, you know? It took us from being an opening act to being the headliner, and we were really all about playing live. The studio was something that we did and we were proud of, but the band built its reputation from playing live and that’s what we were all about.

One final thought on Pantera. Obviously the time has passed, but are you content with Reinventing the Steel being the swan song of the band?

Well…my brother envisioned Pantera as being the Rolling Stones of heavy metal and going on as long as we were going on, you know? It’s unfortunate that [his death] was the end of it, but I think it was a great record and probably the most anthemic record we ever made. We really felt that when it came out it was misunderstood and it took a while to grow on people. But it’s one of my favorite Pantera records.

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Free download offer to get Hellyeah’s “Cross To Bear (Cradle Of Bones)”

From Hellyeah:
HELLIONS! Two new HELLYEAH tracks are coming your way THIS TUESDAY on iTunes! BUT, you can got your hands on one of them FOR FREE right now! Go to to sign up and get a free download of “Cross to Bier (Cradle of Bones)” now! (EDIT: You’ll get a confirmation email with the download link! Be sure it didn’t go to your SPAM folder!)

Live in New York area? Enter now for a chance to attend the HELLYEAH Eleven Seven Music Listening party NEXT TUESDAY! Here’s your chance to hear the new album AND we might just have a surprise in store…ENTER HERE:

The download is a limited time offer so don’t wait. “Cross To Bear (Cradle Of Bones)” is a song off of the upcoming Hellyeah album “Blood For Blood” which will be released June 10th!

Hellyeah kicks off a tour on April 5. Click here for info.

New Hellyeah webisode, new Down song, new drummer for Kill Devil Hill

Vinnie’s band Hellyeah is releasing a set of webisodes to promote their upcoming album “Blood For Blood”. The first one can be seen by clicking here. The second one is right here:

Philip’s band Down has made a song from their upcoming Ep available for streaming. It’s called “We Knew Him Well” and the Ep comes out May 13!

Rex’s band Kill Devil Hill has announced that founding drummer Vinny Appice has departed from the band and they have welcomed Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) to the band. Read more about it on Loudwire by clicking here.

Details from Vinnie’s 50th Birthday bash emerge!

Vinnie had his 50th Birthday party in grand fashion in Las Vegas on Friday. As John Katsilometes reports in the “Kats Report” on
The loudest birthday party possibly ever was Vinnie Paul’s 50th on Tuesday night at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel. How loud? “Raiding the Rock Vault” singer Paul Shortino, who has fronted two heavy metal bands (Quiet Riot and Rough Cutt) shouted, “This is loud!” Or I think that’s what he shouted. That’s what he mouthed, anyway, as house band Sin City Sinners — who are the city’s go-to band when you need a hard-rock outfit to host a party — cranked Dio and Led Zeppelin and I believe the Scorpions, among others.

Shortino’s fellow “Rock Vault” band and cast members Doug Aldrich, Andrew Freeman and Stephanie Calvert were glimpsed in the throng. “Rock Vault” is selling tickets through November, incidentally, and is in an open-ended agreement with LVH to continue its run indefinitely (pending a sale of the property, of course). Folks on property are exuding confidence about improving ticket sales, and the show is rocking harder than ever with new singers Calvert and Carol-Lyn Liddle (who alternate in the show) taking the place apart every night. And Aldrich is a great fit. He’s just a rock star, that one.

Back to VinnieFest: Frankie Moreno was in the house, as was Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips (the latter of whom sang the Van Halen version of “You Really Got Me” with Paul flailing away on the drums). Las Vegas Wranglers President Billy Johnson and his wife, Erica, turned up. Paris Las Vegas hypnotist Anthony Cools (voting is now closed, BTW) was toasting it up at the bar. Penny Wiggins, the longtime Psychic Tanya in The Amazing Johnathan’s stage show, was wheeling around taking photos. An eclectic group, to be sure.

The cake presented to Paul was something special, too, as created by Christy Horner and Amy Fitzgerald of NicoleMariePatisserie: A bass drum with Paul on the face, sticks raised under his favorite saying, “Hellyeah.” The great drummer plays that saying, and the age of 50, at the highest volume.





Vinnie speaks with Bandit Rock about the beginnings of Pantera, the new HELLYEAH album, the touring lifestyle, more (video)…

While in Sweden. Vinnie stopped by the Bandit Rock studio to share some insight on some things that only he can! Namely, the early days of Pantera; going from cover band to writing originals. Also, the idea behind the title of the new Hellyeah album and why he likes to keep the party lifestyle alive while he’s on tour.

Vinnie shows us the new Far Beyond Driven Dean and more (video).

Director of artist relations for Dean Guitars and ddrum Josh Maloney has a friendly chat with Vinnie Paul at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, California. Vinnie talks about his return to NAMM, and shows us the new Far Beyond Driven Dean guitar and more guitars made out of the trees in Darrell’s yard!

Rockline Prod: Vinnie talks about new Hellyeah album/tour. Bonus: The first Hellyeah “Blood For Blood” webisode.

Vinnie elaborates on the new HELLYEAH album title “Blood For Blood”, the line up change in the band, and the band’s direction. He also discusses recording details of the new album and tour plans.

Get ready for new music from HELLYEAH!! “Blood for Blood” is due out later this year and the boys from HELLYEAH are giving you a preview of what’s in store on the new record! In this webisode, meet the newest member of HELLYEAH, bassist Kyle Sanders!

Vinnie Paul appears in the new Black Label Society video.

Noisecreep put this video in their top 10 videos of 2013.

From Noisecreep:
t’s important to remember that videos are here to entertain, and with that in mind Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society likely registered many a smile with their clip for their cover of the typically heart wrenching Bill Withers classic, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.’ As the camera pans up on Wylde playing the opening notes of the track, we see that he has a horse head. In fact, all of the characters in the clip are a hybrid of humans and animals, with Wylde’s titular horse imagining a dream life with a unicorn. Add in an odd Vinnie Paul cameo (on guitar no less) and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is one of the year’s most bizarre (in a good way) and best music videos of 2013.

Click here to see the other videos that made the list.

HELLYEAH: First Clip From The Studio Posted Online

A short video clip from the recording sessions for the fourth studio album from HELLYEAH can be seen below.

HELLYEAH’s new CD is being helmed by producer Kevin Churko at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

HELLYEAH’s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott’s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

In a recent interview, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH’s plans for the next CD: “Everything [Kevin has] ever done is great. I feel like he really made Ozzy sound fresh again, [on 2007’s] ‘Black Rain’ especially. Sonically, [Kevin’s] records are unbeatable, and he gets the best out of every band.…