Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown has penned a tribute to Vinny Paul via Rolling Stone. Excerpts from the remembrance appear below.

“I’ve been devastated, saddened, and shaken, almost beyond words, about the passing of my longtime brother in Pantera, Vincent Paul Abbott.

While I understand and appreciate the desire to hear from me, I have taken my time to collect my thoughts, to begin to process this terrible loss. I’ve chosen to decline the interview requests, because this is not about me. This moment belongs to Vinnie.

I’d like to send out my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his relatives, to the Pantera family, to his newer family in Hellyeah, and to all of the fans that Vinnie Paul spent his life entertaining. My thoughts and prayers are with every one of you.

I’m especially heartbroken for Vinnie’s father, Jerry Abbott, who opened his studio and showed us the ropes in the early days. No man should have to bury his sons.

All I can do is focus on the great times and the brotherhood the four of us shared.

When I was in junior high, I’d heard of these boys, the Abbotts. I knew Vinnie Abbott was an outstanding drummer…My high school had one of the best music programs in the country. I met Vinnie in tenth grade…he was playing drums in one of the country’s most prestigious lab bands at the high school level. The lab band was always invited to Montreux Jazz Festival…

…Vinnie and I formed a really tight bond, as we would have to do sectionals. In these sectionals, they’d put Vinnie and I in a room, but rather than go over the stuff we were supposed to rehearse, we’d play Rush’s 2112 in its entirety instead.

The brothers and I went to every major concert together that came to town. We saw The Eagles, KISS, Pat Travers, Sammy Hagar, etc…

…Vinnie and I often went on fishing trips together…We usually went out on this big lake on the Texas/Louisiana border, Toledo Bend. Sometimes we’d go so far we’d get lost, or run out of gas in our little boat and have to paddle in. We even sunk a couple of those boats in our huge city lake and would have to swim to the shore…

…We became really tight over the course of those first three records, often playing six nights per week, five sets per night. When the old singer ran off, we got lucky enough to get Philip in the band. He brought something with him that was just incredible. Everything changed, from musical styles to things we hadn’t heard before…

…Dime and I always shared a hotel room and we were always up to no good, while Vinnie and Philip – two completely different cats – had to listen to our antics from the room next door…

…There were a lot of great metal drummers who Vinnie was influenced by, but once he got behind the kit, every single one of them had to take a look at what Vinnie Paul, the Brick Wall, was doing. He changed the game. He was the original for his generation, a generation that’s still going. Everybody wanted to play like him. People always thought those were sampled tracks – they were not. Period.

Vinnie was also a hell of an engineer. He knew the ins and outs of any board. He learned so young from his dad, who was an experienced engineer. He could get behind the board and do anything. He just had it…

…All of us were so uniquely different from each other, even the brothers. We all had unique personalities that all meshed together, because of our separate influences and personalities, that made the whole thing what it was. Unless you’ve been in a band, you can’t understand that the relationship between Dime and myself was one thing, between Philip and Vinnie was another, and on and on, in every combination…

…I don’t think there’ll ever be chemistry like what the four of us shared again. I’ve been so blessed in so many ways by having them in my life. We were living and breathing each other’s everything for 20 odd years, which just like anything in life, has its difficulties, but nothing major. But even when there was little communication, we still shared tremendous respect…

When I look back, no matter what, I can honestly say that there were far more ups than downs with Pantera…

…I’m so grateful to have been around the Abbott brothers, to play some part in their legacy, to share more than half of my life on the road and in the studio with them. And I’m so thankful that Vinnie found a home for his unmistakable groove, some peace and happiness, and a new family with Hellyeah, after the unthinkable tragedy in 2004…

…The best way to honor Vinnie is to celebrate his life. He approached drumming, and friendship, with his own brand of perfection. We must remember the great times we shared with him. Rest in peace, Vinnie, and give Dime a big ole’ fashioned Texas style hug from all of us. You made an incredible mark on the world and you were taken from us way too soon.

Much love and respect,

Read Brown’s entire commemoration at Rolling Stone.

Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away in his sleep on June 22nd. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.


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Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with singer/bassist Glenn Hughes. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Long Island Pulse: Let’s discuss the Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live tour.

Glenn Hughes: What I’m doing is I’m taking inspiration from live performances from the mid 70s. I’ve got a file of work that you may have heard or seen from Cal Jam, London, Paris and LA. I’ve taken live arrangements of those classic songs, rather than the studio cuts. I just feel that it is closer to what we were doing when we were “all in our glory,” if you will. I think it’s re-translating with the audience and it sounds great with me and my band.

Long Island Pulse: Which Purple songs are your favorite to perform?

Glenn Hughes: Those songs that we wrote at Clearwell Castle—the castle where all the acts of that period in 1973/1974 rehearsed or recorded—are the loves of my life. I think I may be the only guy from the era doing a selection of songs from those albums—Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band. David Coverdale had a small run of a Whitesnake/Purple tour, which was great, but…I’m doing live arrangements and giving a real vibe to that. So, all of those songs you can imagine: Mistreated, You Keep on Moving, Stormbringer, Might Just Take Your Life, This Time Around, You Fool No One. It’s a really great event.

Long Island Pulse: Are you still in touch with Ritchie Blackmore?

Glenn Hughes: I don’t think anybody is really in touch with Ritchie. I say that out of love—Ritchie is Ritchie. But we have reached out to one another. He did ask me to see if I’d like to be in the latest Rainbow. It really wasn’t for me, and I only wish him the very best.

Long Island Pulse: Ever consider putting together a project with David Coverdale?

Glenn Hughes: I think that time is gone. There was an opportunity a few years ago when Jon [Lord] was still alive that we were trying to get Mark III back together. And then when Jon passed away…the only reason David and I would get together again would have been anything to do with Purple, the Purple music, the Purple legacy. And now, he’s done the Whitesnake/Purple record [2015’s The Purple Album] and now I’m doing this…I will continue on my own with my merry band of gentlemen and we will go around the world doing what we do. America is a big, big thing for me…which is where I’ll be playing quite a lot. There will be three legs of this tour, first one being August/September, the next one next spring and then late summer of next year. America will be getting to see a lot of yours truly. And I can’t wait.

Read more at the Long Island Pulse.

Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live Tour dates:

Aug. 25 – NYCB Theatre – Westbury, NY
Aug. 26 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, C
Aug. 28 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
Aug. 29 – Sony Hall – New York, NY
Aug. 31 – The Queen – Wilmington, DE

Sep. 1 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Sep. 4 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
Sep. 5 – Jergels – Warrendale, PA
Sep. 7 – The Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
Sep. 8 – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA
Sep. 11 – The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep. 13 – Arcada Theatre – Saint Charles, IL
Sep. 16 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Sep. 18 – Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH
Sep. 19 – The Wilbur – Boston, MA
Sep. 21 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
Sep. 22 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY


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Singer Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed and was asked what he thought was when he first heard that Axl was going to be replacing [Brian] Johnson on the road with AC/DC.

Bach replied, [as per], “I was jealous that I didn’t get a chance, ’cause I can f–kin’ sing AC/DC pretty f–kin’ good too, and I’m not just saying that. [Laughs] So, at first, I was, like, ‘F–k, man!’ I was jealous. But then, of course, I understand, obviously, why he would ge the gig — because people don’t know how to sing anymore; it’s like a dying art.”

Bach then discussed that there aren’t really any new great rock vocalists, saying: “Maybe I haven’t heard any, but where is the new Jeff Buckley? Or where’s the new Steve Tyler? Okay, Geta Van Fleet — there’s the new Robert Plant; that’s for sure right there. But there’s a lack of original-sounding heavy metal vocalists. Unless I’m not hearing any. But I don’t know.

To me, when we were all starting out in the ’80s, we all knew that we had to have our own sound. That was the goal of every musician back then — because there was no such thing as Pro Tools or computers. I had to find my own vocal sound, of Sebastian Bach. And I was even working on that… Even when I first got in Skid Row, Jon Bon Jovi said, ‘Sebastian, sometimes you sound like Vince Neil, sometimes you sound like [Ronnie James] Dio, sometimes you sound like [Rob] Halford, sometimes you sound like Neil Diamond.’ [Laughs] He goes, ‘You have to find your own sound.’ And it freaked me out. I was, like, ‘Fuck! I have to do this, like, right now!’ [Laughs] I have to find what is the Sebastian Bach vocal sound.

Making the first Skid Row record, my two favorite singers were Rob Halford and Steve Perry, and if you listen to 18 And Life, you can hear the influence. You can hear I Remember You is influenced by Journey, the vocals. I can hear it — maybe you can’t, but I can hear it.”

Sebastian is currently on tour, see the remaining dates below.

Sebastian Bach Home Away From Home 2018 Tour Dates:
Special Guests: The Standstills

June 29 Kingston Ontario @ The Ale House & Canteen
June 30 Waterloo Ontario @ Maxwell’s

July 2 Montreal Quebec @ Les Foufounes Electriques SOLD OUT
July 4 Halifax Nova Scotia @ Casino Nova Scotia
July 5 Moncton New Brunswick @ Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick
July 7 Quebec City Quebec @ Festival d’ete De Quebec
July 8 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Chance
July 10 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
July 12 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
July 13 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
July 14 Woodhaven, MI @ Uncle Sam Jam

August 18 Imperial Nebraska @ Chase County Fair

September 29 Las Vegas Nevada @ Fremont Street Experience

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Sources close to Vinnie Paul’s family tell TMZ that the drummer, and co-founder of Pantera, will be buried in a custom KISS Kasket, provided by the band.

The casket was reportedly offered as a gift at Paul’s family’s request. His brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was buried in the original prototype in 2004 after his untimely death.

Paul will be buried in some of his clothes — including his hat, shoes and flannel … among other items.

Paul will be laid to rest on June 30th in Arlington, TX beside his mother and brother. A family source told TMZ, a public memorial concert honoring Vinnie is scheduled for Sunday, July 1st, at the Bomb Factory in Dallas at 3:33 CST. The time is said to be a tribute to Darrell — known as “Dime Time.” The event is free, wristbands will be given out at noon.


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Sammy Hagar was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM radio show and said he tried contacting Alex Van Halen on his birthday.

He told Eddie [as per], “I reached out to Al on his [65th] birthday [on May 8th] I sent him a nice text and an e-mail and a phone message, saying, ‘Hey, Sammy here. Missed you, buddy. Hope you’re doing good. Happy birthday. And if you ever wanna get together and talk, be buddies, be friends, here’s my e-mail, here’s my text, and here’s my house phone number…’ Nothing. Oh, and I said, ‘How’s Ed doing? I hope he’s healthy. And give him my love.’ Nothing. Nothing! Ooooh! I mean, that’s, like, wow! I guess no waters went under that bridge. And when I looked at the bridge, it was dry. There’s not a drop that comes down underneath that bridge.”

Hagar also stated that he asked original Van Halen singer David Lee Roth to join him at his inaugural, High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th in Huntington Beach, California. “We invited Roth, offered to hire Roth to come and jam with my band at the festival,” Sammy said. “And you know what his guy said? ‘Oh, sounds interesting. We’ll run it past Dave.’ Then radio silence. [Laughs]”

Last November, Sammy said that he had lost hope there will ever be another Van Halen reunion, explaining that Eddie and Alex Van Halen do not want to reconnect with him as friends.

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation, Hagar revealed that he didn’t hear from the Van Halen brothers on his birthday, which he interpreted as them having no interest in rekindling their friendship.

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James Wood of GO.JIMMY.GO spoke with our very own Eddie Trunk about his new series, Trunkfest, premiering July 1st on AXS TV. Highlights from the interview appear below.

How did this new series, Trunk Fest come about?

Eddie Trunk: I had done some things with AXS over the last few years. Most recently, I hosted a documentary film series called Reel To Real. They came up with the idea of covering music festivals and wanted to know if I’d be interested in hosting. The executive producer, Evan Haiman, is an old friend and the two of us got together over lunch and talked. It was a no brainer and now here we are. What’s cool for me is that the show takes me a little bit out of my wheelhouse. It’s still music related and talking to artists, but it’s also about traveling and the festival experience. It’s taken me to some really cool places and taught me some things along the way as well.

What was your favorite part about doing the series?

ET: I’ve interviewed artists my entire career in radio and TV and love it, but my favorite part about this series is that it’s not just doing interviews. It’s taking me out of my comfort zone; putting me in different situations and discovering things I normally wouldn’t discover. Like being on a motorcycle; firing guns; being to cities I haven’t been to in a long time and experiencing foods I’d never tried before. For me, it’s about the exploration. We have more festivals in America now than we’ve ever had and it’s cool to get out and explore what’s happening. The experience is the buzz word for this show.

You mentioned learning some things while filming this series. What were some of the revelations?

ET: One of the things I was surprised about was an episode we shot in New Orleans for Jazz Fest. It has of all the music genres (pop, hip-hop, rock, classic rock) but the least amount of jazz [laughs]. That was eye-opening. There was another huge festival in San Diego I’d never heard of called KAABOO, which was also really interesting…The whole experience has been phenomenal.

You’ve always had a strong opinion when it comes to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Has that opinion changed with the recent induction of bands like Deep Purple, KISS and Bon Jovi?

ET: It actually has. I’ve been a vocal opponent of the Hall of Fame but have to give credit where credit is due. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but seeing Alice Cooper, Rush, Bon Jovi and Deep Purple be in there is a positive movement. About four years ago, they [The Rock Hall] made me a voter, and that’s another good sign. Even though I beat the hell of them, instead of holding it against me, they brought me in and let me have a voice.

Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

ET: Right now, my focus is on getting word out about Trunk Fest. Ever since That Metal Show ended, I’ve been busy doing radio. I do six live shows a week on Sirius/XM; one daily on a channel called Volume that airs every day from 2-4 p.m. ET and replays at 9-11 p.m. ET. Outside of that, I’m doing a lot of hosting and appearing at festivals. I also just recently got confirmed to go on tour with Deep Purple in November and host their shows in Mexico. After all these years to know artists and have these opportunities is amazing. I’m really lucky.

Read more at GO.JIMMY.GO.


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