Vincent Paul Abbott was born in Abilene, Texas on March 11, 1964.
Paul formed the heavy metal band Pantera in 1981 with his brother Dimebag Darrell and Terry Glaze on guitars, bassist Tommy D. Bradford, and vocalist Donnie Hart. In the summer of 1982, Bradford left the band and was succeeded by Rex Brown. The band released three albums with that lineup.
Pantera recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo in 1987.
After the breakup of Pantera, the Abbott brothers formed the heavy metal band Damageplan with former tattoo artist Bob Zilla on bass and former Halford guitarist Pat Lachman on lead vocals. Damageplan recorded one album, New Found Power. On December 8, 2004, while on tour to support Damageplan's album, Dimebag Darrell was shot dead onstage at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.
In June 2006, after the death of his brother and an 18-month hiatus, Paul was not sure if he would return to music, but eventually joined in with the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which also features vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne, guitarist Tom Maxwell from Nothingface, and bassist Bob Zilla from Damageplan, who was called on to replace original bassist Jerry Montano.
In December 2008, Vinnie Paul handpicked several of his most memorable drum parts to demonstrate in a promotional video for the drum company ddrum: "Use My Third Arm", "Primal Concrete Sledge", "13 Steps to Nowhere", "Domination", and "Becoming".
In August 2013, Paul featured in a music video for Black Label Society's cover of "Ain't No Sunshine".
Vinnie Paul died on June 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 54. No immediate cause of death was provided.
Paul used Tama drums during the Cowboys from Hell album and tour from 1990 until 1992.
As of 2010, Paul's setup for Hellyeah were DDrums...