Former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul has sat down with Noisecreep to reminisce about his late brother and Pantera axeman Dimebag Darrell. The video interview can be found below.
Paul says his brother lived his life to make others happy. “The bottom line with Dimebag is he got off on making people happy. It didn’t matter if it was about playing guitar, shaking your hand, giving a guitar pick. It didn’t matter…He got off on making people happy.”
The renowned drummer also reflected on his final moments with Dime. “My last experience with my brother, we were playing Buffalo New York, and 173 people came to see Damageplan, which sucked because Damageplan kicked f**king ass… We had a radio show early the next day… he was like, ‘man I’m going to stay on the bus and just chill.’ So me and Mayhem, who was our security guard at the time – he got killed that night too – went gambling in Niagara Falls. When the bus came to get us, and I get on the bus and there was like eighteen people in the front lounge drinking with Dime. I’m like, ‘what the f**k are you doing dude? I thought you were going to sleep?” He goes, ‘I couldn’t let these people down. They wanted to party man.’”
Paul continued, saying that Dime is still a major driving force behind every musical project he takes on. “He was everything you wanted to be and then some…he’s the biggest inspiration in my life. I know he inspires these guys [Hellyeah]; I can guarantee he’s proud of this band. He’s a part of this band. He may not be standing there next to us, but I guarantee he inspires everyone of us to kick ass every f***ing day and we wont let him down. That’s the bottom line.”
The interview comes in light of the release of the last remaining unheard Pantera song ‘Piss,’ which is being launched tonight (April 11) at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. It will be broadcast live on all Xbox game consoles as well as Revolver Magazine’s Facebook page starting at 6 PM PT. of Hellyeah’s co-headlining U.S. tour with Clutch.