Disturbed paid tribute to late Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott by performing a cover version of the Pantera classic "Walk" on Saturday night (July 14th) at this year's Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.
Before launching into the song, Disturbed frontman David Draiman told the crowd: "Our very first Ozzfest, Pantera was on the main stage. And every night -- every night -- somehow, I ended up finding my way backstage to the Pantera dressing room; in fact, I think most of the band did. And they were always so welcoming -- they had the warmest heart, and Vinnie especially."
Draiman then related how Vinnie's brother, late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, wasn't initially into Disturbed's music. He explained how the brothers came out to see Disturbed play in Chicago at another edition of Ozzfest, with Draiman recalling, "Vinnie and Dime were both blown away, and Vinnie became such a dear friend and such a huge supporter. And I miss him so very, very much, and I know you guys do too. I'm sorry -- I'm starting to get a little choked up here."
Vinnie Paul Abbott died in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas on June 22nd at the age of 54. It is suspected that he died of a heart attack, although the coroner's office has yet to report its findings.
Story source: Blabbermouth