On Monday, during an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program "Rockline," Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was asked to respond to online criticism that he's been profiting from the death of his brother, Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was killed onstage during a Damageplan gig in Columbus, Ohio, on December 8, 2004, by gunman Nathan Gale.
Since his brother's murder, Vinnie Paul has released several Dimebag-related items through his Big Vin Records label, including DVDs and the recently released paperback book "He Came to Rock." The book features more than 400 pictures of the guitarist, as well as personal tributes from the likes of Slayer's Kerry King, Anthrax's Scott Ian and Zakk Wylde.
The show's host asked Abbott about message board postings, questioning why the proceeds from these various posthumous releases weren't being earmarked for charitable causes, instead going to him.
"I don't even know where to go with that other than, you know, [my critics are] not in the same position I'm in or had to go through what I've gone through here," he said. "It's really none of their business where it goes, so I don't know how else to address it — I really don't even think about it. It doesn't cross my mind."
Abbott said he isn't trying to cash in on his brother's tragic end but rather trying to keep Dimebag's legacy alive and well.
"I'm doing this for the fans and for them to enjoy what Dime was all about and give them more than what they already had — to increase his legacy and to make him larger than life forever," Abbott explained. "And he'll outlive all of us. I'm beyond letting things like that pick at me or irritate me. I just have to look past them and keep rolling."