On Friday (17th), Vinnie Paul’s headstone was unveiled at the Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, TX. The late Pantera/Hellyeah drummer died on June 22nd and was laid to rest at the Moore Memorial Gardens on June 30th, 2018, buried next to his brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. A heartfelt message is engraved on the headstone, which reads:
“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!”
Finally!!! Forever Vinnie Paul!!! Forever in our hearts. ❤ \m/ pic.twitter.com/ydIwECled2
— Tony (@Tony59527429) May 17, 2019
Shortly after Vinnie Paul’s passing, Rex Brown reminded all that the best way to honor the late drummer is to celebrate his life. Hellyeah have been actively following that statement as they’ve recently performed a tribute show, dedicated the music video “333,” will include his final recordings on their new album Welcome Home, and recruited Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, all to honor their late drummer, Vinnie Paul.
UPDATE: Earlier reports on Vinnie Paul’s headstone reveal were incorrect as the photo that surfaced online turned out to be unauthorized and taken without permission. The series of posts seemed reliable at the time as they addressed the headstone of the late Pantera/Hellyeah drummer was placed on his gravesite. However, it didn’t happen as Pantera’s official social media accounts has clarified the image hasn’t been placed on his gravesite and to “not believe random things you read on the internet.”
Pantera’s social media accounts have issued the following clarification:
“There is a lot of bad info floating around about Vinnie Paul’s grave marker. The photo you have seen was unauthorized. It was taken & released without our permission. The marker has not been placed on Vinnie’s grave yet. Once it has been placed – we will post & officially let you know. Below is a photo of the entire marker. Please don’t believe random things you read on the internet.”