Vocalist Phil Anselmo opened up about late drummer, Vinnie Paul, in a recent interview with Revolver magazine, saying:
“That was me and [guitarist] Dimebag [Darrell Abbott], for sure. It might have been all of us. But still, Dime had the riff, but when Vince [drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott] came up with the drumbeat, that’s when I… I mean, what do you say to that? I was, like, ‘Yes. Keep doing it over and over and over. It’s f**king awesome.’ So, yeah, man, that was a great moment. That was incredible. When Vince fell in with the drumbeat, all of us — even Dimebag stopped playing, it was so impressive.
“Yeah, man, Vince‘s unique feet on that damn song. So unique. So interesting. So innovative. The dude was a f**king tight and incredible f**king player. Like, literally the best drummer I’ve ever played with, and I’ve played with f**king great drummers, man — blessed with great drummers. But Vince is — no one’s better than Vince; no way. Vince had his strong points and strong suits, but, man, talk about adaptability too.
“Going back to when I first joined the band, in ’87, they [Dimebag and Vinnie Paul] could break into a country-and-western f**king style, and it would sound perfect; it would sound like the real deal. It would be, like, ‘Damn. What is that?’ They knew some stuff. They could break down into Latin-style different, like Santana-style sh*t, and it would sound perfect and believable and acceptable. And, hey, give me more.
“They were great, man. I can’t explain how innovative they were and perfect and just adaptable. S*it, man, we would play… During ‘Cowboys From Hell’, one tour, one or two tours, right after the first chorus, going into the second verse, they would break into Kansas [hums ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’]. Man, they were great. Very, very schooled musicians in 1987, when I joined the band.” […]