Jason Bonham, Volbeat, Avenged Sevenfold, Bad Wolves & More Pay Tribute To Vinnie Paul

June 25, 2018

After news broke over the weekend that Pantera drummer & co-founder Vinnie Paul had passed away at the age of 54, the music world came to a grinding halt as many in the rock and metal community expressed their grief via social media.

But in a way that seems the most appropraite, many artists took to their stages to honor the late Pantera drummer. 

As they closed out their set at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Volbeat played their song "Goodbye Forever", as images of Vinnie Paul were projected on the big screens on both sides of the stage.

Hellfest was home to many of the world's heaviest rock/metal acts over the weekend of Vinnie Paul's death, and Alice In Chains took a moment to dedicate their somber hit "Nutshell" to the late drummer.

Breakout stars Bad Wolves covered Pantera's "Sandblasted Skin" while touring through Johnson City, TN.

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and friends covered the Pantera classic "Walk" during their set at Sweetwater Gearfest 2018. 

Before starting their set at Hellfest, Avenged Sevenfold opened up their show with a short slideshow of Vinnie Paul with his late brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and Motörhead bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister. The band then dedicated "Hail To The King" to the late drummer at the 17:22 mark.

Even estranged Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo posted an image of a single lit candle in memory of his former bandmate.

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During his concert in Camden, NJ, Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), dedicated their final song, "Stairway To Heaven" to Vinnie Paul. " I'd like to dedicate this song to a dear friend of mine Mr. Vinnie Paul, who we lost last night," Bonham said to the crowd. "This is to celebrate, not to be down. Let's celebrate the life. God bless you, tell the one you're with you love 'em every day. This song's for all of you."

Sebastian Bach posted a tearful video to his social media, mourning the loss of his dear friend. But he turn those tears into rage with his cover of Pantera's "Cemetary Gates" at the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg.

After holding a moment of silence for Vinnie Paul, Staind's Aaron Lewis dedicated the song "Intro" from their 2003 album 14 Shades of Grey to the late drummer.

Megadeth was another of the many artists taking the stage at Hellfest 2018, and they too dedicated a song to Vinnie Paul. Frontman Dave Mustaine said to the crowd, "This next song we’re gonna do for you, we played it last night for the first time in nearly 20 years. We haven’t played this song for a very long time and we dedicated it to a very old friend of mine – all of ours – who passed away. This song is dedicated to you Vinnie. This song is called ‘My Last Words.'”