Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. Darrell’s shine has not dimmed in the years since he passed. Revered as ever as a songwriter, shredder, and person, new fans sprout up every day who look up to the unquestioned guitar hero of the 1990s. Of note, with Slayer’s final show in the books, Darrell would have been proud to have his songs performed at every stop on The Final Campaign tour. As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero. Jam out to some classic Dime tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull! Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe but today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan at the hands of a maniac while on stage in Columbus, Ohio at the Alrosa Villa club. The many years that have passed since his death has done little to quell the pain of his loss. Especially now with the passing of Dime’s brother Vinnie Paul last summer. As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero of metal music. Jam out to some classic Dime tracks and raise a glass or a smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Continue reading →
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the passing of Darrell Lance Abbott, a.k.a. Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. Every year on this date, Ghost Cult takes time out to remember this titan of music, who also was an amazing person, gone way too soon.
The only saving grace for fans is that his star shines brighter every day. Musicians from all walks of life pay tribute to Dime every day. And fans continue to clamor for the music Darrell helped create. A petition was filed at Change.org two months ago urging the surviving members of Pantera to reunite. The petition has nearly 7,000 signatures so far.
Dimebag by Evil Robb Photography
Ghost Cult is honored and humbled to have photographer Evil Robb Noxiousof Evil Robb Photography, a friend of Darrell and frequent Pantera photographer contribute some exclusive and rare pictures of Dimebag from his personal collection to this piece. Thanks for sharing these Robb!
Today marks the ninth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell at the hands of a maniac, while on stage in Columbus, Ohio at the Alrosa Villa . It still feels unreal and unfair after all these years. As we will do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero of metal. Below is an edited excerpt from my old, personal blog that I wrote on the subject of Dimebag’s life, death, and impact on the metal community. Since I have never been able to express my feelings on these matter any better, this what I have to share.
“Like many metal fans of the 1990’s I was and still am a huge Pantera fan. From the very first time I saw the ‘Psycho Holiday’ video on Headbangers Ball, I knew these guys were the shit! (Editor’s Note: Pantera’s riffs ended up being incorporated into the theme song of the show). They was no denying their musical talents which became refined and improved over their career. But what really made Pantera great was their heart and personality. Their awesome spirit, take no prisoners attitude and general super fun quotient set them apart from the serious, scowling metal dudes in every other band. Later in the decade when metal was struggling a bit as a genre the band continued to be uncompromisingly heavy and unashamedly true to themselves. Their albums are all time greats, their live shows were legendary and their three home videos were a handbook on how to hang out, have a good time and party until the break of dawn. “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was a the center of this madness, this chaos, this musical force of nature of a band. Dime has four solos in Guitar World’s top 100 solos of all time list, and countless other great ones also. He wasn’t just a dynamite lead guitarist and a great riffer and songwriter, he had a lovely soul and a love of life that was indeed “larger than life”. I think he also had a sensitivity he only showed glimpses of, but I think it came through in his humility and kindness. Things that don’t often get associated with metal, let alone legit guitar gods.
Just a week earlier I had seen Darrell and his new band, Damageplan at Irving Plaza in New York with Shadows Fall and The Haunted opening. Damageplan played a fine show with Pantera covers like “Becoming” and “Walk” sprinkled in. After the show I was near both Dime and his brother Vinny Paul by the bar. Dime was immediately mobbed and seemed like he was trying to skate out of the venue. I just figured to myself that I’d meet him at the next show. Vinnie gave me a sweaty hug and a few minutes of his time to talk about metal, drumming etc.
One week later, when Darrell was gunned down 30 seconds into the start of a concert, just after midnight on Dec. 8 2004, it sent a shock wave throughout the music world. A lot of people were calling it ‘the 9/11 for Metal’. Initially news was sketchy, with many major news outlets not having the full story until the next morning. Early reports just said “former Pantera member dead in Ohio” and many people today will admit they assumed Philip Anselmo‘s (former) drug problems caught up with him. But it was Dimebag that was murdered, along with three others by a homicidal, obsessive fan, who himself was gun downed at the scene by a brave policeman. I didn’t find out this terrible news until I got to work the next morning like many, and I started to get a barrage of calls at my desk confirming the worst. I broke down and cried some, then called some people myself to share the news/grief. I couldn’t concentrate at work and went through the motions the rest of the day and went home to listened to my records and just felt numb all over. This was like the death of a family member to me. PANTERA was not just a favorite band of mine, but they helped inform my own music that my bands played. At the very first show of my first gigging band, we played ‘Cemetery Gates’ and ‘Five Minutes Alone’. We often molded our music after the ‘Cowboys From Hell’ eventually covering ‘Walk’ (which I am now sick of), ‘Domination’, ‘I’m Broken’ and my personal favorite, .’A New Level’. I lived my life by their words, saw them many times in concert, met friends and lovers because of them, and generally followed their every move for over a decade. Today many of the current crop of metal bands have the influence of Pantera in their veins to varying degrees of success. Dime’s legacy lives on and there will never be another lead player or a person quite like him.”