Louder Noise has uploade a new episode of "Vinnie Paul's True Metal Stories" in which former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott talks about how a chance meeting with Rob Halford in the early 1990s led to PANTERA touring Europe with JUDAS PRIEST. The clip, which was animated and directed by Máté Szabó, can be seen below.
Said Vinnie Paul about Halford: "[Rob is] one of the most unbelievable, sincere people that you'll ever meet. He's an artist, but he's like myself. You get those artists that have egos and attitudes and they're difficult. But then you get those artists that are fans and love music and love people and love doing what they're doing, and Rob's one of those kind of people. He's just the most sincere, unbelievably loving, cool dude that you'll ever meet, man. He's awesome."
Back in 2004, Halford talked about his first meeting with PANTERA. He said: "I first met [late PANTERA guitarist] Dime ['Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] in 1991. I was in Toronto preparing for the 'Painkiller' tour. I had MuchMusic TV on and saw this guy talking about metal and wearing a 'British Steel' shirt. From what he was saying and the PANTERA video that aired I knew right away that this man was a guitar god!
"I called MuchMusic and spoke to Dime and that night went to a club and hung with the band. We jammed 'Metal Gods'. From that point on, he and the rest of the band became solid friends. My gut feeling was that this band would be huge.
"So PANTERA toured with PRIEST all over Europe. Many a night I would stand off stage and watch them tear up city after city leaving everyone stunned by their intense performances. It was a thrill to watch and hear Dime invent and advance with his playing. Soon the world became Panterarized!"