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Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul was born born in Abilene, Texas on March 11, 1964. A professional drummer and producer who is best known of course for being a former member, and co-founder of Pantera. He is currently a member of the supergroup HELLYEAH. And he also co-founded the short-lived band Damageplan in 2003 with his late younger brother, the legendary Dimebag Darrell.

Tonight in honor of Big Vin’s B-Day I am hitting you with a couple of kick-ass Sabbath covers by Pantera!

As a tribute, Pantera has recorded three different covers of Black Sabbath songs (all from the Ozzy Osbourne era). The first was “Planet Caravan”, for the first Sabbath tribute album, Nativity in Black, and it eventually became the final track on their Far Beyond Driven record. The band also recorded Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second Nativity in Black. Plus a previously unreleased cover of Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky” was included on the 2003 compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits! And Pantera’s affinity for Black Sabbath is also shown through the lyrics, “Your trust is in whiskey and weed and Black Sabbath”, in “Goddamn Electric”. The same song also mentions Slayer, one of the band’s thrash metal influences.

Pantera toured on Ozzfest as main stage acts twice; the band played at the second annual Ozzfest in 1997 and the fifth Ozzfest in 2000.

In August 2013, Paul featured in a music video for Black Label Society’s cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, appearing alongside a horse-masked Zakk Wylde.[5] Wylde and Paul are well known to be close friends, with Wylde also having been particularly close with Paul’s brother Dimebag Darrell before his death in 2004.

And other than being a rock drummer and a producer, Vinnie Paul is also very passionate cooking! For several years, Big Vin has been trying to publish a cookbook. Speaking about his long-awaited book, he said: “I’m nearly done with it. It’s called ‘Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul’. That’s completely genius. It’s got a picture of me sitting behind the drum set. I’m holding two big, old turkey legs; otherwise known as drumsticks. And it’s got a lot of really cool recipes that I came up with on my own; a lot of them my mom taught me when I was growing up; and just a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, and it’s just a lot of fun. It’s not real serious.” Vinnie had hoped to have it out by last Christmas but that didn’t happen. Maybe his recipe for stuffed Jalapenos will make it out in time as a stocking stuffer this holiday season. Again Happy Birthday to Vinnie Paul, he turns 54 today.

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