Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott says he has actually “found peace” 10 years after the murder of his brother Dimebag Darrell on stage in Ohio.
Dimebag, as you know, was shot and killed December 8, 2004, while performing with his band Damageplan at Alrosa Villa in Columbus.
Three other people were killed in the same rampage.
While talking to WWE wrestling superstar and Fozzy singer Chris Jericho for the shittily-named “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Vinnie spoke about how he feels Dimebag’s spirit and energy is always with him and inspires him.
“The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me… I turned 50 this year, and it was the best birthday party I ever had in my entire life. It was absolutely incredible,” Vinnie said.
“I still feel like a 19-year-old kid, man. Everything I do, I approach the same way. I’m not married. I don’t have any kids. I’ve been married to music my entire life. I’ve been dedicated to it. I know what it takes to do it. And ever since my brother has been taken from me, I feel like I have to live for both of us. And I bring it everywhere I go, everything I do, and I think he’s here with us, watching us and enjoying everything that’s going on, man.”
Vinnie said he still gets flashbacks from the murder “every night.”
“I don’t wanna remember it, I don’t wanna think about it, I don’t want anybody saying, ‘Hey, man…’ You know…
“It’s hard. It’s hard. But I’ve found peace.
“I’m really happy with what I do with [Hellyeah], and I’m glad that we’re moving forward and things are really good, man. Really good.”
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