Avenged Sevenfold paid tribute to Vinnie Paul and wrote the following on their Facebook
"[We] remember how excited [original AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer] 'The Rev' was when he first met you in Dallas after a show in the early 2000s. You grabbed him around the neck and said he was a kick-ass drummer even though he borrowed some of your chops! We were in shock that Jimmy had met our all-time favorite drummer, so we all ran to the bar to meet you and proceeded to drink the night away. You were warm and engaging. Our friendship lasted for many years and eventually resulted in a killer rendition of 'Mouth For War' at the Revolver Golden Gods, a career highlight.
"Vegas will never be the same without you. Dallas will never be the same. Metal will never be the same.
"We have been lucky enough to meet some of our idols and call them friends. You were one of the greatest of all time and a great friend. Today we mourn."