Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vinnie Paul

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.

Birth name Vincent Paul Abbott
Born March 11, 1964 (1964-03-11) (age 45)
Origin Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Genre(s) Heavy metal, groove metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instrument(s) Drums
Years active 1981-present
Label(s) Big Vin Records
Associated acts Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel, Damageplan, Hellyeah

Life and career

Vinnie Paul is the son of Carolyn and Jerry Abbott, a metal music songwriter and producer. He played in Pantera, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel with his brother, late guitarist Dimebag Darrell. His professional musical relationship with his brother often earned them comparisons to fellow guitar/drum duo Eddie and Alex Van Halen.

Vinnie Paul is well-known for his extremely powerful drumming and especially for his "thundering" double bass drum playing, as a Sabian article named it. Some good examples of this style of playing can be heard in "Domination" off the Cowboys from Hell album and "Becoming", off the Far Beyond Driven album. As a trustworthy reference for his individual style and advanced drumming skills, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has mentioned Vinnie as one of his important influences


Vinnie Paul plays on a Pearl MRX Masters Series: In snake skin finish (Vinnie Paul Custom Wrap)

* 24x20 bass drum x 2
* 14x14 tom
* 15x15 tom
* 18x16 floor tom
* 14x8 Vinnie Paul Signature snare drum

Recently, Vinnie Paul has switched to ddrum drums.[3] His new DDRUM signature drumset [4] includes the following:

* 24x24 bass drum x2
* 14x14 tom
* 15x15 tom
* 16x16 floor tom
* 14x8 signature snare drum

Sabian Cymbals

* 14" AA Rock Hi-Hats
* 18" AA Rock Crash
* 20" AA Chinese
* 18" Hand Hammered Rock Crash x 2
* 22" Hand Hammered Power Bell Ride
* 20" AA Chinese
* 14" AA Rock Hi-Hats
* 18" AA Rock Crash
* 12" Sabian Ice bell
* 6" Alabama white Snake

Vic Firth Sticks
American Classic Rock. American Classic Metal Vinnie Paul signature (2B) Is usually witnessed playing his sticks backwards, striking the drums with the butt-ends.


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