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Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul (born March 11, 1964), professional drummer and producer who is best known for being a former member, and co-founder, of Pantera. He is currently a member of 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!

Over the years, Pantera has cited heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath as one of their all-time favorite bands. As a tribute, Pantera has recorded three different covers of Black Sabbath songs (all from the Ozzy Osbourne era). The first was “Planet Caravan”, a slower, quieter song planned for the first Sabbath tribute album, ’94’s ‘Nativity in Black’, which eventually became the final track on Far Beyond Driven.

Pantera performed Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second ‘Nativity in Black’ – Black Sabbath tribute album from 2000.

A previously unreleased cover of Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky” was included on the band’s 2003 compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits! 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”. Pantera also 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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