July 10, 2015 – 4:27 pm

VINNIE PAUL R.I.P. 1964 - 2018

Drummer Vinnie Paul, co-founder of metal band Pantera, has died. Currently a member of Hellyeah, Paul was 54. His representative confirmed the legendary drummer’s death to Billboard, but added that no further details are available at this time. “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” reads a statement on the Pantera Facebook page. “Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Along with his brother, Dimebag Darrell, Paul (born Vincent Paul Abbott) formed Pantera in 1981. The group found mainstream success with second lead singer Phil Anselmo. Throughout its career, Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including its 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart. In 2001, Anselmo decided to put Pantera on hold because of back pain while he toured and recorded with his side projects. Pantera’s official disbandment took place in 2003 for several reasons, but mainly because of the ongoing dispute between Anselmo and the Abbott brothers. - Billboard/Wikipedia

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Unofficial Live In Buenos Aires 1998 [102 Proof, 1CD]

Live at the Parque Sarmiento Stadium, Saavedra, Buenos Aires, Argentina; June 9, 1998. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to Thrash; and to wisher for sharing the show at Dime.

Comments (by Nick):

Good show. They play great but Phil Anselmo seems to get pissed towards the end of the show. He keeps telling the people they suck, and shit like that. I guess they weren’t into it or something, he would go to let the crowd sing like on Fucking Hostile where everyone screams “fuckin’” and they didn’t say it almost like they didn’t know the song. Anyway, soundboard… but Phil sings with an echo but it’s cool.

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Track 01. Mouth for War 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 02. Fucking Hostile 3:11 (5.4MB)
Track 03. Walk 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 04. New Level 6:49 (11.5MB)
Track 05. Becoming 5:53 (9.9MB)
Track 06. Sandblasted Skin 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 07. Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks 7:34 (12.7MB)
Track 08. Primal Concrete Sledge 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 09. I’m Broken 4:46 (8.0MB)
Track 10. Suicide Note Part 2 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 11. War Nerve 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 12. This Love 6:45 (11.3MB)
Track 13. Domination/Hollow 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 14. Cowboys from Hell 5:32 (9.3MB)
74 mins

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  1. 26 Responses to “PANTERA - BUENOS AIRES 1998”

  2. hey bigo, i’ll think about getting this show. phil was probably pissed cause this is when he was on heroin. some may remember he died then came back to life.

    if one can find it, a good pantera show is osaka 1994. i got it from viva les bootlegs a few years ago.

    i like pantera, but, to me, they were overrated. they put out two thrash albums, and there were other bands from texas doing it before them who i felt were better such as rigor mortis, gammacide, watchtower, helstar, d.r.i., etc…

    what bugs me is exhorder from nola where phil is from were called pantera rip offs by pantera fans, and it’s totally false. exhorder were putting out brutal thrash in 1986 with their demo called get rude, and pantera were doing glam. had the record label gotten behind exhorder maybe their two albums would have done more. pantera got on big tours and had a ton of airplay on mtv that’s what really made them so big. i can remember when cowboys from hell came out they were on tour wit exodus and suicidial tendencies. that really helped them and cowboys and cemetery gates were in heavy rotation on headbangers ball.

    phil is a good front man especially in down who i’ve seen 4x, but a lot of his state presence and attitude comes from mike muir of suicidal tendencies. even rex brown mentions it in his book.

    i’m happy to talk thrash metal with anybody. i was there. i lived it.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 10, 2015

  3. oh yeah??? lets see the proof Saad!

    By thrash mettle darth on Jul 10, 2015

  4. one of the reasons i don’t comment as frequently cause of replies like above.

    By Ed Saad on Jul 10, 2015

  5. Too many people think Dime-bag as being some great far from the truth.

    By Evil Blizzard on Jul 11, 2015

  6. i for one love your posts, Ed…didn’t know you were across the pond (your post on the new yngwie ROIO)…can’t wait to hear this even tho my favorite (CEMETERY GATES) is not in the set…

    By metaljohn3333 on Jul 11, 2015

  7. Hi, Ed, your post was really interesting - I lived the initial thrash days too! Metallica (with Cliff), Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Overkill, Kreator…I loved all that stuff. Used to go all the time in the eighties and still do. Just got tickets for Carcass, Obituary and Voivod yesterday, can’t wait!! I used to like a bit of Watchtower too, Control and resistance was my favourite. I agree about Pantera, good but very overrated, I much prefer Down. If you’ve not listened to Phil Anselmo and the Illegals give that a try…it’s a hard listen, brutal!! Your posts are always cool, your enthusiasm for the kind of music I love is obvious. Keep banging!!

    By Shep on Jul 11, 2015

  8. thanks metaljohn333!

    hey shep, yeah, big fans of all those bands. in fact, i was supposed to see voivod in aug. 1988 here in b’ham alabama at a club called dr. jekyll’s on morris avenue. the club is no longer there, but this was with testament and vio-lence. they definitely played, and it was probably the best thrash show i saw. man, it was bay area but in b’ham. i was sixteen years old, and i was about to go into the eleventh grade. i remember wearing a metallica-damage, inc. shirt. i also remember alex skolnick walking right by while i was waiting in line to buy my ticket. i wish i talked to him. i was nervous. i still have my ticket stub. it was just $10! those were the good old days.

    i was supposed to see overkill, flotsam and jetsam and king diamond at the same venue, but the show got canceled and jekyll’s closed.

    i had a nuclear assault-mutants for nukes shirt, back in the day. i mailed a check for $12, i think, to their fan club. i wore it for years. i wish i still had it.

    one of my favorite thrash bands from texas was angkor wat. those guys were ahead of their time. i have demo 1988, both albums and a boot from san antonio, tx 2.14.87. rules. i have never been able to find demonstration under duress demo. nobody has it! i mailed a check to adam grossman for $10 for a shirt. i wrote him a note, but he didn’t say anything just mailed the shirt. i wore that shirt all through college.

    i saw obituary, back in the day. i saw them on the end complete tour when alan west was back in the band. ruled. this was at the masquerade in atlanta in aug. 1992 with agnostic front, malevolent creation and cannibal corpse. i loved that show! chris barnes walked right by me wearing a jeffrey dahmer connect the dots t-shirt. i wasn’t a big fan of corpse till i saw them live. ruled! i saw them last year again with george “corpsegrinder” fisher here, and that was one of the best death metal shows i’ve seen!

    carcass i have a reek of putrefaction shirt, but i never got to see them, back in the day. i wanted to in college on the campaign for musical destruction tour in 1992, but it didn’t work out. this was with napalm death, cathedral and brutal truth. i got a flier in the mail from the masquerade.

    always love talking metal.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 11, 2015

  9. mettle is crap
    death metal is crappier

    By thrash mettle darth on Jul 11, 2015

  10. thrash mettle darth, another trash talkin darth,

    By skinned knees on Jul 11, 2015

  11. Not a big metal fan (with a few exceptions). Kind of like I am with country & western - not a fan of the genre in general, but can point to a few artists that I like. But, regardless of genre, I appreciate your posts, Ed.

    By MrBill on Jul 11, 2015

  12. Hi, Ed. I love all those bands and have plenty of tales like yours - having a £3 ticket for a Rods, Exciter and Metallica gig and having to take it back for a refund because they sold zero tickets, sending of for the Vio-lence demo on Mechanic Records cassette on import and mangling it first play, sitting right next to Phil Campbell of Motorhead at an early U2 gig and not saying a word because I thought it was uncool to pester (even though my wife was prodding me to talk to him), falling down a set of stairs in a club with Brian Tatler of Diamond Head’s prize Les Paul when I was drunk and they were kind/dumb enough to let me and my mate help roadie. Good times!! I think the best thrash line up I saw was in ‘88 - Megadeth, Overkill, Cro Mags, Nuclear Assault, Kreator, Laaz Rockit…all on one day! Assuming you’re American you’re pretty luck, most of the good thrash bands are from the US so no doubt you got to see some amazing stuff. And still do. I may check out Ankor Wat, I’ve heard of them but never actually heard them…I shall give it a listen. Cheers! All the best.

    By Shep on Jul 12, 2015

  13. Love your posts Ed. Your passion for music shines through.
    Ignore the haters. I love visiting Big O but the rubbish some people post is tiresome. If you don’t like a post, move on. Life is too short.

    By Crack on Jul 13, 2015

  14. Ed`s posts always make me smile, he doesn`t slam anyone and just reveals a true love of music.

    By sluggo on Jul 13, 2015

  15. thanks everybody!

    hey shep, yeah, you should register on the metal rarities forum. it’s free to join, and there’s tons of cool stuff on there to download. that’s where i get a bunch of demos from. there are shows on there and obscure albums too of all genres of metal.

    i do have that vio-lence-mechanic demo you mentioned. it has the omitted lyrics of bodies on bodies on it that didn’t make it to eternal nightmare. it also has paraplegic on it. i got years ago off this great blog called lockjaw. i got their other two demos too.

    do searches in google for ankgor wat. i know the san antonio show is posted, demo 1988 i think is on the metal forum and both albums should be on a blog or two.

    get on youtube and listen to these bands: deadly blessing, altered state and obliterator. awesome power/thrash from new jersey. ski was the most underrated metal vocalist i’ve heard. he’s like geoff tate or warrel dane. those are all on the metal forum too, if you like what you hear.

    a band i saw i liked april 15th at zydeco here in b’ham was the acacia strain. i’m really not big into death core bands, but they’re good. max cavalera loves them, and sings on their newest album. even jamey jasta of hatebreed is on a song on of their albums.

    we haven’t relisted it, but i’ve got a poster i’m trying to sell on ebay. i’ll get the link up, as soon as my friend relists it. there’s a picture of me holding up their flier in front of the zydeco billboard. the cool thing about this poster i’m selling is b’ham isn’t listed. the date was just added so they could make money to get home. it gets lots of views just no bids yet. we’ll ship it internationally. they’re on this summer slaughter tour so i’m hoping that will help sell it.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 13, 2015

  16. here you go, shep, and anybody else who might be interested. spread the link.

    i did end up selling my metallica, ozzy and carla k shirts. i did ok.

    we sell stuff to pay for concerts cause they’re getting expensive. i’ve almost got helmet paid for, and we’re working on machine head.



    By Ed Saad on Jul 13, 2015

  17. Hi, Ed. Saw your link, cool poster! Sounds like your gigs are expensive, they aren’t too bad over here for smaller bands. Got new tickets for Ripper Owens and Orange Goblin at £12 each, is that about $18? You certainly know your stuff and I shall check out Ankgor Wat and the others at work tomorrow. I’m currently playing the hell out of the new Armored Saint, if you haven’t heard it it’s bloody great old school metal. Thanks for the reply and recommendations.

    By Shep on Jul 14, 2015

  18. hey shep, well slayer was expensive, but i paid the $54. i didn’t really want to take it out of pocket so i sold my atari 2600 console, 21 cartridges, four joysticks, manuals and carrying case. i did ok on it.

    yes, i’m familiar with armored saint. i had a delirious nomad poster, back in the day. i have a boot from when they played with metallica and w.a.s.p. in 1985. it’s not the best quality, but it’s a good and listenable show from march of the saint era. i have a metallica show too from that tour.

    the acacia strain show wasn’t too bad just $15. i’ve been to 28 shows, though, this year so it gets expensive.

    yes, angkor wat are great. definitely check them out.

    i’ve heard a little of phil anselmo and the illegals. it reminded me of superjoint ritual.

    share the link, if you know any fans. thanks.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 14, 2015

  19. I see that there were obnoxious argumentative people even back then before all the trolls took over . Insults flying even then . For all you troll complainers.

    By Thomas on Jun 24, 2018

  20. Ed Saad was very insightful ‘ always had good stories and takes ‘ yet even he was insulted and bashed by some . Same with DARTH who also had some great insights.Yet to some he was the worst of the worst when he was here . Now look how it is . Most posters could act like saints and still some would blast them for no apparent reason

    By Thomas on Jun 24, 2018

  21. Pretty lame “Thomas”, you’ve made so many comments under so many screen names that its incredibly easy to tell which are yours. Yes, do take a look at what the comments were like in the past, congrats on dumbing the discourse down to zero. It won’t be long and you’ll be the only one commenting at all, then you can argue and complain about miley, milton, and pop stars dicks to your hearts content.

    By Sam55NZ on Jun 24, 2018

  22. My only knock on Ed Saad is he doesn’t post ENOUGH! Thanks Ed for all your insights…

    By TDC on Jun 25, 2018

  23. I thought RAP was cRap. At least with Metal they are playing instruments.

    By Nirob on Jun 25, 2018

  24. Amazing that when someone points out a legitimate fact they get accused of being another troll . Sam55NZ ( is that you’re only screen name ? ) whatever irelavant points out how bad things are now while failing to mention trolls of the past ( See trash mettle darth ) and others . Don’t care for all the stupid comments either or insults but theyve always existed to some extent . They are easy to ignore for some of us .

    By Thomas on Jun 25, 2018

  25. Sam55NZ is the morons latest name ‘ alongside Rod Simon ‘ Doc Doom ‘ Jones Brigade ‘ Eiffel Stranger ‘ Left Jam and many more . Talk about obvious . The same rhetoric phrased exactly the same over and over only under different names . Right Rod errrr Moron ?

    By Eli on Jun 25, 2018

  26. You fellas need some nice fat Sauseges to relax you .

    By Sausage Queen on Jun 25, 2018

  27. Glad yer back Ed!

    By Starrwatts on Jun 26, 2018

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