MusikUniverse.net conducted an interview with former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott before HELLYEAH‘s November 10 concert at Club Soda in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Asked about how he deals with constant rumors and talk of a possible reunion of the classic PANTERA lineup, with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (Vinnie‘s brother) on guitar, Vinnie said, “It’s easy, man. I don’t live in the past, man. I wanna look forward, I wanna keep moving forward. I understand [fans] wanting to see it, especially people who’ve never had an opportunity to see PANTERA, but without my brother being part of it, it just doesn’t make any sense. I’m not gonna trample on his legacy to make some people happy. We had 14 amazing years together and we sold nearly 40 million records around the world. That’s some pretty amazing stuff. And the band is, actually, to me, bigger today than it was then. I mean, it really is; it’s really grown and grown and grown. There’s plenty of DVDs and videos out there for them to watch. And I would highly suggest you come and see me play with HELLYEAH, ’cause that’s what I do.”
He added, “[It's just] rumors, man. That’s all I got to say. And you heard that AEROSMITH song, [singing] ‘Dream on, dream on.’ It ain’t gonna happen, man. I have no interest in playing with those guys. I love [HELLYEAH]; I’m really into it. And I really believe if I stick with it long enough, it will see the same kind of success eventually.”
Dimebag was shot to death along with three others during a DAMAGEPLAN performance at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio in December 2004.