Almost a year has passed since the untimely death of Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul, who passed away in his sleep in June 2018 due to heart-related issues. Paul is buried next to his mother, Carolyn Abbott, and his brother, Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Lance Abbott, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas, and like his brother was, after his death in 2004, the late, great drummer was laid to rest in a custom Kiss Kasket, this one gifted to the family by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
The band Paul is most famous for, Pantera, recently shared via social media a photo of the headstone that will be erected at the drummer’s grave site. The caption to the band’s post pointed out that despite numerous incorrect reports that the headstone has already been placed, that is not, in fact, the case. “Once it has been placed – we will post & officially let you know,” the post read. “Please don’t believe random things you read on the internet.” You can see the Pantera post below, including the photo of the full headstone, which bears a striking resemblance to Dimebag’s. It includes the inscription “Don’t ever think it’s not a good time/If you do think it’s not a good time/A good time is a good time/A bad time is a bad time/And a wonderful time is irreplaceable/Hellyeah!”
Paul’s final studio recordings appear on Hellyeah’s forthcoming new album, Welcome Home, which is set to be released on September 27th. The band recently performed its first show since his passing, playing a career-spanning set list that included two Pantera covers, “Walk” and “I’m Broken,” as a tribute; Stone Sour’s Roy Mayorga handled drumming duties at the concert and has since officially joined Hellyeah.