Mark Tremonti: ”Vinnie Paul jätti jälkeensä upean perinnön”

-yhtyeestä tutut jäsenet sekä Eric Friedman ovat kommentoineet Panterasta / Hellyeahista tutun rumpalin Vinnie Paulin kuolemaa tuoreessa Metal Wanille antamassaan haastattelussa Ranskassa järjestetyn Hellfestin yhteydessä. Markin mukaan Vinnie Paul toimi yhtyeen rumpalille Garrett Whitlockille suurimpana musiikillisena vaikuttajana, ja Garrett on jopa tatuoinut suosikkiyhtyeensä Panteran logon jalkaansa. Vinnie Paulin kuolema on ollut bändille todella raskas uutinen, ja yhtye aikookin istua alas keskustelemaan aiheesta bändin kesken. Mark kertoi aiheesta seuraavaa:

”It’s rough, man. It’s always tough to see someone go that has always inspired you and has always been there; you can see them at a local show or see them at the NAMM show. But for us, this one hurt us. Garrett [Whitlock], our drummer, is a really, really, really big Vinnie Paul and PANTERA fan — he’s got ’PANTERA’ tattooed on his leg. We can just hope that they can live on in all of us and the people they have inspired along the way. And he’s with his brother now, so…”

Added Mark: ”I had the honor of being able to hang out with [Vinnie] a few times. He was always such a gentleman, such a nice guy, such a positive spirit. He left behind such a great legacy.

”When you hear news like that, it’s like getting punched in the gut; you can’t believe it,” he continued. ”I’m still not over what happened with Chris Cornell; that really hit me extremely hard. And today is just… It hasn’t even sunk in yet. We woke up and we hit the stage a couple of hours later. So I think later on tonight, we’ll have some drinks and it’ll really sink in.”

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