According to various reports, the funeral for Vinnie Paul, the Arlington-bred Pantera drummer/co-founder who died June 22, will be private. But fans will be able to join in a public celebration of Paul's life on Sunday at Dallas rock club The Bomb Factory.
According to Rolling Stone, Paul's family and record label announced the memorial. The Bomb Factory posted limited details on a Facebook event page.
The events page has few details, other than the ceremony begins at 3:33 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 7 at the club, which is at 2713 Canton St. in Dallas. Admission is free, but you will need a wristband; according to the Facebook events page, the line for wristbands begins at noon on Sunday. Expect a crowd.
According to Rolling Stone, the odd 3:33 p.m. start time is an Easter egg for hardcore fans of Paul's work, as the drummer referred to that time of day as "Dime Time," a reference to his brother, Pantera co-founder Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot in 2004 during a concert by the brothers' post-Pantera band, Damageplan (Vinnie Paul's full name is Vincent Paul Abbott).
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Several rock celebrities appeared at Dimebag Darrell's funeral, but whether any notables will appear at the Sunday celebration of Paul's life is unclear. We are trying to get some more details.
UPDATE: The private funeral will take place Saturday. TMZ reports that Paul will be laid to rest in a custom KISS casket provided by KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and that Dimebag Darrell was buried in the original prototype in 2004. "Vinnie will also be buried in some of his clothes — including his hat, shoes and flannel ... among other items," the website reports, adding that he will be buried at the Arlington cemetery where his mother and brother are buried. (H/T LoneStar 92.5)
Paul, 54, died June 22 in Las Vegas, where he had been living. The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing "sources who knew Paul," reported that the drummer had suffered a major heart attack, but Rolling Stone reports that the cause of death is still pending. TMZ reported that Paul's family had told the website that the drummer died in his sleep.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell formed Pantera in 1981 in Arlington. The two brothers founded Damageplan in 2003 after Pantera broke up. Paul was most recently in the band Hellyeah, a heavy metal supergroup, which included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.
Pantera's best-known albums were 1990's "Cowboys From Hell," 1992's "Vulgar Display of Power," 1994's "Far Beyond Driven" (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart) and 1996's "The Great Southern Trendkill."
Numerous hard-rock and metal acts have paid onstage tribute to Paul since his death was reported, either by covering Pantera songs or by dedicating their own songs to him. Here are a few of those tributes.