According to Stuff.co.nz, former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was denied entry to The Rockpool pool hall in Christchurch, New Zealand over the weekend because he refused to remove a bandana he was wearing.
The Rockpool owner Peter Whittaker did not comment on the Vinnie Paul incident but said people with visible facial or neck tattoos were not welcome at his bar.
“Not everyone is automatically excluded, but we don’t want that profile of person there,” he said.
The Rockpool is making headlines in New Zealand because an artist was refused entry to the bar because of his facial tattoos, despite offering to hide them with makeup.
22-year-old Jesse Wright has hundreds of tattoos covering about 50 percent of his body, including his eyelids.
Vinnie Paul is currently touring New Zealand and Australia with HELLYEAH.
The drummer recently revealed that HELLYEAH will enter the studio in October with “Blood For Blood” producer Kevin Churko to begin recording its new album for an early 2016 release.
“Blood For Blood”, was the band’s first release since parting ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob “Zilla” Kahaha in 2013.
The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and guitarist Christian Brady.
“Blood For Blood” sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart.