Vinnie Paul spoke with Australia’s Beat magazine about continuing on in music with Hellyeah after the tragic onstage murder of his brother Darryl ‘Dimebag’ Abbott and three others at a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio in 2004. Vinnie’s father Jerry Abbot is now fully behind the new project after some initial hesitation. “At first, he was very leery of it all,” the drummer said quietly. “But I just had to tell him ‘Dad, this is what I do. I’ve played music all my life, I love playin’ drums and bein’ onstage, I love tourin’ and seein’ other countries, and now I have this opportunity to do it again. And the thing is, I know Dime is tellin’ me to go all the way with this thing. The last thing he would want is for me to curl up in a shell and quit. Or do somethin’ stupid. This is the right thing for me to do.’ Yeah, man – my dad totally supports me on it.”
The full interview at beat.com.au has since been removed.