Thursday, May 12, 2016
Vinnie Paul about to return to city where Dimebag was killed: "I feel like it was time to do it"
Vinnie Paul was recently interviewed by Big Smash Radio, you can read some excerpts below.
About Hellyeah's upcoming appearance at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, which will mark his first performance in the city since his brother, Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, was killed on stage in 2004, Vinnie Paul said: "It's taken me a long time to really get in the right headspace to where I feel like it was time to do it. And it wasn't anything specific; we've been offered to do it just about every year since Hellyeah's been together. And this year, it just kind of hit me. I said, 'You know what? I think it's time for the people there to hear what we do and to go back and just do my thing and show a little love to my brother.' I know the crowd's gonna be chanting 'Dimebag!' It's gonna be huge, so it's gonna be awesome."
About if he has gotten a lot of requests from Ohio people over the years to return to Columbus, Vinnie Paul said: "Not directly. I just know that every year, [the Rock On The Range organizers] were, like, 'Hey, we know how Vinnie feels about the situation. But just let him know the offer's there, that we would love to have him come play.' And so this year when it came around, I just felt like it was the right time to do it."