VINNIE PAUL On CHRISTINA GRIMMIE‘s Murder: ‘That’s Almost The Same Scenario That Happened’ To DIMEBAG
Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott says that he was “floored” by the recent shooting death of Christina Grimmie, explaining that he “never thought” another musician would lose his or her life to an obsessive fan.
Grimmie, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice”, was shot and killed following her June 10 performance in Orlando, Florida. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Kevin Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida, didn’t appear to know Christina personally and is believed to have traveled to Orlando specifically to attack her and then fatally shot himself.
The manner in which Grimmie was murdered struck a chord with Vinnie Paul, whose brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was killed onstage more than a decade ago.
During an interview with the KBAT 99.9 radio station in Odessa, Texas, Vinnie spoke about how he felt when he first heard about the way Grimmie lost her life. “It just floored me, man,” he said (see video below). “I never thought it would happen again after [Dimebag‘s murder]. And that’s really almost the same scenario that happened to my brother.
“It’s just unbelievable that there’s still people that are that fanatical and that crazy out there in today’s world that we don’t have enough security to keep that from happening.”
Vinnie added: “It’s a dangerous world, man. You’ve gotta keep your eyes and ears peeled and be on the alert all the time.”
Two days after Grimmie‘s death, PANTERA issued a statement calling out the concert industry for not doing more to prevent future tragedies. The group posted a Facebook message juxtaposing pictures of Grimmie and Abbott. They wrote: “After Dime‘s murder, we all prayed that our industry (i.e. club owners & promoters) would do whatever they needed to do to protect artists from gun wielding fanatics. Sadly, that’s not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE!”