Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul has recalled the goosebump moment as his band Hellyeah listened to their cover of Phil Collins’ I Don’t Care Anymore with late brother Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s guitar mixed in.
And he’s reflected on the “accident” that led to the song appearing on Hellyeah’s latest album Undeniable.
The brothers recorded their own version just before the guitarist was shot dead on stage in 2004, and it was never released – until a chance discussion with Hellyeah producer Kevin Churko.
Paul tells Lithium Magazine: “It was so special for that to happen. It was an accident, which is amazing.
“We were basically done recording and we were sitting in the control room talking about songs we liked. Christian Brady said he loved the song I Don’t Care Anymore.
“I started laughing and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me – me and Dime covered that 14 years ago when we were in Damageplan.’ Then Kevin chimed in that he’d worked with Phil Collins, and how cool would it be if we did this?”
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The band quickly started work on their own version, and “really brought it up to date for 2016” before the suggestion of recovering Dime’s guitar track was suggested.
“Everyone in the room had goosebumps the first time we heard it right through,” says the drummer. “I think it’s truly amazing that in the year 2016 people get to hear Dimebag again – and blazing across the radio, because Pantera never was on the radio back in the day.”
Hellyeah tour North America starting next month, before heading to Europe with Korn in March.
Hellyeah tour dates
Nov 14: Silver Spring The Fillmore, MD
Nov 15: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Nov 16: New York PlayStation Theater, NY
Nov 18: Binghamton Magic City Music Hall, NY
Nov 19: New Haven College Street Music Hall, CT
Nov 20: Boston House of Blues, MA
Nov 22: Montreal Metropolis, QC
Nov 23: Toronto Danforth Music Hall, ON
Nov 25: Detroit The Crofoot, MI
Nov 26: Fort Wayne The Hub, IN
Nov 27: Cleveland Agora Theater, OH
Nov 29: Cincinnati Bogarts, OH
Nov 30: Chicago House of Blues, IL
Dec 01: Kalamazoo State Theater, MI
Dec 03: Saint Paul Myth Live Event Center, MN
Dec 04: Green Bay The Sandlot, WI
Dec 06: Lincoln Bourbon Theatre, NE
Dec 07: Denver Summit Music Hall, CO
Dec 09: Los Angeles Belasco Theater, CA
Dec 10: Chico Senator Theater, CA
Dec 11: San Francisco The Regency Ballroom, CA
Dec 13: Seattle Showbox SODO, WA
Dec 14: Vancouver Commodore Ballroom, BC
Dec 16: Edmonton Union Hall, AB
Dec 17: Calgary MacEwan Hall, AB
Dec 18: Spokane Knitting Factory Concert House, WA
Dec 19: Portland Roseland Theater, OR
Mar 11: Zurich Event Park, Switzerland
Mar 12: Milan Alcatraz, Italy
Mar 15: Lisbon Campo Pequeno, Portugal
Mar 17: Madrid Barclaycard Center, Spain
Mar 18: Barcelona Sant Jordi Club, Spain
Mar 20: Paris Le Zenith, France
Mar 21: Antwerp Lotto Arena, Belgium
Mar 22: Tilburg 013 Poppodium, Netherlands
Mar 24: Stuttgart Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, Germany
Mar 25: Dusseldorf Mitsuhbishi Electric Halle, Germany
Mar 27: Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Germany
Mar 28: Berlin Velodrom, Germany
Mar 30: Prague Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Mar 31: Warsaw Torwar Hall, Poland
Apr 02: Munich Zenith, Germany
Apr 02: Vienna Gasometer, Austria