Late Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott will be buried in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie’s family’s request. Vinnie will also be laid to rest in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.
Vinnie’s brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was buried in the original Kiss Kasket prototype in 2004 after his untimely death. The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of Kiss, the Kiss logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Both Abbotts were huge fans, especially Darrell, who was shot dead by a gunman in December 2004.
Vinnie’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll memory involved Kiss, as he told the Washington Times. He recalled, “Pantera was the opening band on the Kiss reunion tour in 1997 . . . We did three nights in Mexico City, then we had a flight on my birthday, which is March 11, and we were on a flight from Mexico City to Santiago, Chile. Kiss was in first class, and we were in business class. Halfway through the flight, all four of the original members of Kiss came back to me and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in four-part harmony. They gave me a Kisstory book. I felt like a 14-year-old kid. I had tears coming out of my eyes.”
Vinnie had reportedly finished laying down drum tracks for the next Hellyeah album, although there is no word yet on when that LP will see the light of day.
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A public memorial for Vinnie will be held this Sunday, July 1st, at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. A private funeral will be held on Saturday, June 30th. Following the services, Vinnie will be buried alongside his mother and brother.
Vinnie passed away last Friday (June 22nd) at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. Sources close to Vinnie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he suffered a “major heart attack,” but the official cause of death is pending.
Hellyeah bassist Kyle Sanders confirmed to SiriusXM that Vinnie had finished recording his drums for the next Hellyeah album shortly before his death, saying, “The music that I’m sitting on right now, it makes me so happy to hear it, to have all the music done. We’re doing vocals now, we’re like 75 percent done with this record.”
A tour is booked for September, with Hellyeah likely to hire a replacement drummer.
See a photo of the Kiss Kasket: