Vinnie Paul Doesn't Think Pantera Will Ever Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"How in the world did it take forever to get Black Sabbath in there?" says the drummer.

Vinnie Paul Doesn't Think Pantera Will Ever Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Ex-Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul revealed his doubts about Pantera being ever inducted into Rock Hall.

Matt Wake of AL.com recently conducted an interview with Paul (via Blabbermouth). "Uh, I don't really think so, man," said Paul. "It's already been proven there are tons of travesties that have gone on with that place. How in the world did it take forever to get Black Sabbath in there?

"Honestly, I don't think PANTERA will ever get in there. But if we do, I'm going to embrace it just like anything else. I've actually been there and heavy metal is barely even represented in the place, so I wouldn't expect that to happen."


Vinnie Paul also shared his opinion on Pantera's debut record, "Far Beyond Driven," which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

"Being a part of the production of every record I've ever been a part of, I really, really appreciate the fact it was recorded analog," he said. "It was before Pro Tools existed and music became simple, you could cut, paste and do that. Back then you had to play every single note that was on there, man. And you had to sing every note and (play) every drum lick and every part, and you had to be really good to get all that stuff right. I really do appreciate that more than ever."

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    benjixoath
    since when was far beyond driven their debut album?! just in case UG try to change the article and this comment makes no sense at the time i wrote this the article says "vinnie paul also shared his thoughts on panteras debut record "far beyond driven"
    svelle
    That's so wrong on all levels, even CoB wasn't their debut album. UG's probably still checking which album to pick as debut. Protip: it's not the Great Southern Trendkill...
    password123
    Earliest thing I can find is Metal Magic
    reignofrock
    I prefer to ignore their power metal days and think that Cowboys was their true debut. That being said, it still wasn't Far Beyond Driven lol.
    TheExterminator
    "I prefer to ignore their power metal days and think that Cowboys was their true debut" Most Pantera fans do, even Pantera does. Of course, this means they ignore their only good album, "Power Metal", and are left with a discography of crappy 2tuff4u/2lazy2riff Redneck Metal.
    Lee Mc
    I think that's how the hall of fame works. 25 years since their first major release, so it would be CFH and none of their previous stuff.
    Lee Mc
    I think that's how the hall of fame works. 25 years since their first major release, so it would be CFH and none of their previous stuff.
    Rokodlak
    wise words from great wizzard Vinnie
    fromzero
    Nirvana made it and the nu-metal movement that was influenced by Pantera lasted longer than the grunge movement.
    stagedamassacre
    the day madonna got inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame is the day it lost all crediability
    Jimjambanx
    As much as I feel they deserve to be inducted, I have to agree that the possibilities of it actually happening are pretty slim. Sad, but that's probably the case.
    guitarist5477
    They deserve it eventually, but theres plenty of other bands that are in line that deserve it first.
    Dannym95
    Far Beyond Driven is Pantera's "debut record"? So they only made three albums in their career, none of which included "Cowboys from Hell", "Walk" or "Fucking Hostile"? How are UG's writers not being fired over ridiculous mistakes like this?
    StupidGenius11
    Uh.... you're forgetting the first three albums from the 80s.
    Dannym95
    Actually they had FOUR albums in the 80s, one with Phil... I didn't forget those albums, I just didn't name any songs from them because none of them were 'hits' and it was before they found success.
    SleepFan
    Hold on there Pantera, can we get Deep Purple, King Crimson and Yes first? Not that it matters...
    Wolfscar
    I think Rock & Roll hall of fame is sham anyway that had no credibility to begin with.
    Cazman
    "Vinnie Paul also shared his opinion on Pantera's debut record, "Far Beyond Driven," which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year." "Debut".
    Hamburger89
    Do artists really care that much about winning awards? Don't they know that awards rarely go to the people who actually deserve them. A small commitee holds the decision, most people in there don't even have a music background. At least let the people choose who makes the decision if you don't want the people to choose directly. I seriously hope miley cyrus or justin bieber get inducted, so people would stop taking it so seriously. An award doesn't make an artist great, and being a great artist doesn't get you an award.
    RnFnR95
    he didn't really seem to care that much about it he was simply answering a question that the interviewer asked
    tanman
    He's right, not that it matters.
    danny.kopij
    Idk man. It might be what Phil and Vinnie need to bury the hatchet. To be put in a room together and honored and reminded what they did as a group for music.
    Megadeth2011
    I think Pantera will get in there eventually, and it'll be partially because of Dimebag's death, and people wanting to "respect" him for his contributions to music. I love Pantera as much as the next guy, but let's be honest here- if the RRHOF focuses on Pantera, their focus will be more on them because of Dime's death, not because they deserve to be inducted for the music. But first, we need to get Priest, Maiden, Deep Purple, Willie Nelson, SRV, Yes, King Crimson, Motorhead, Megadeth... do I need to list more?
    Rocknrolla35
    Yes, you do. You might disagree with me, but i think that Skid Row, W.A.S.P., DEATH(the progenitors of Death metal), Dokken(Goerge Lynch is one SICK guitarist), Scorpions, RATT, Motley Crue, ACCEPT, Twisted Sister, Cinderella and Lita Ford deserve it too. Well, and the rest of the Big 4 Of Thrash should be in there too.
    soulgrenade
    Well as far as i am concerned, and i am sure metal fans the world over, Pantera is in the Heavy Metal HoF which may not exist for real but it does in my world.
    chamiller005
    Alright, so, looking at the list of their inductees, Pantera certainly have the credentials to join the HOF, but shouldn't more attention be paid to Priest and Maiden? I would argue they have had a significantly larger impact than nearly all the Metal bands out there short of Black Sabbath. If I'm Vinnie Paul I'm sending this reporter to Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson before I even weigh in on that question.
    sewoo55
    This was Pantera's debut, not FBD PANTERA - Metal Magic [FULL ALBUM] (1983)
    TheAscendant
    His words are bigger than the R&RHOF. ''How in the world did it take forever..?!''
    almadacr
    Of course Pantera will never be inducted Like so many other great bands , that's why it's called the Rock & Roll of shame .
    KerryKing01
    Da kerry king project shud b indicted.
    ChucklesMginty
    Stop.
    Maiden95
    Am I the only one here who doesn't mind the KerryKing01 posts? I think they are pretty hilarious.