In a recent interview with Silver Tiger Media from Australia, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger talked about Pantera’s late members, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul.
Here’s the statament:
“The story of Dime and Vinnie, it’s a pretty tragic story. The truth is that I think Vinnie gave up a lot when he had to witness his brother being murdered. I think he lost a lot of his life. And I really felt like he was so sad that he didn’t really wanna be alive anymore.
He really struggled until the end; it never got better for him. It was a really horrible experience, obviously, seeing your only brother get murdered onstage while performing. But then, following that, he had his band, he played in Hellyeah, and he did some things, but I don’t think anything could distract him from how sad he was.
He struggled terribly with it after Dime was killed; he really had a hard time. So it was kind of tragic from the beginning. And [the 14th] anniversary [of Dimebag’s death] just went by a few days ago [in December]. I keep in touch with the guy who was the responding police officer [James Niggemeyer] who had to take out the shooter that day.
He sends me a text message every year on that anniversary. It just went by last week. And ever since that day, I don’t think Vinnie was the same ever again, unfortunately. I think it broke him. And that’s a terrible, terrible thing. And it was really hard. Because Vin would come out and see us play — he came out and saw us play in Vegas and stuff. It’s just sad. He was really sad.”
Nickelback have amassed 50-million-plus units sold worldwide, more than 23 chart-topping singles and an online audience exceeding21 million, with a staggering 1.5 billion YouTube views and 1.4 billion Spotify streams.