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Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul, legendary drummer for Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah as well as rock producer has passed away at 54. According to his family he passed away in his sleep. No further details are available at this time.

Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we honor BIG VIN with some Sabbath covers performed 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.

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