Vinnie Paul Abbott Insists ‘There’s No Bad Blood’ Between Him and the Other Pantera Members
For the second time in as many weeks, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has rejected the idea of a reunion of his old band. Abbott, who now plays with Hellyeah, says that it couldn't be Pantera again because of the murder of his brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who played guitar in the band.
"I’m happy with doing what I’m doing here," he told Metal Blast. "Pantera had 14 amazing years, and without my brother being here to be a part of it, it would be a travesty, man. I’m just not interested in it at all."
Darrell was murdered on stage in 2004 while playing with Damageplan, the band the Abbott brothers formed after the breakup of Pantera. Vinnie insists that the issues between he and singer Phil Anselmo that broke up Pantera are well in the past.
"To me there’s no bad blood at all," he continued. "It’s like when you get a divorce from somebody, there’s a reason why you got a divorce. You don’t have to stay in touch with that person, you don’t have to f---ing see that person, or do anything with them. I’m just not interested."
Zakk Wylde has long been mentioned as a possible replacement for Darrell, and back in May, Anselmo said he was open to having Wylde in the re-formed group. However, Vinnie Paul recently nixed that idea, saying, "If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, ‘Hey, man, Zakk, go play for Van Halen. Just call it Van Halen.’ You see what I’m saying? I mean, it’s really selfish for people to think that, and it’s stupid. It’s not right at all.”