Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the murder of heavy metal guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was best known for his work in Pantera and Damageplan. It was a loss that sent waves of shock and grief through the music world that were most keenly felt, for obvious reasons, in the metal world.
I had written a piece regarding my personal experiences with Dimebag that has unfortunately been lost in the transitions that Bloody-Disgusting has gone through over the past few years. But the gist of it was that I had the pleasure and amazing chance to hang out with Dimebag not once but twice. I partied with him after a show at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI by doing Black Tooth Grin shots, partying on the tour bus, and basically seeing a man who was completely down to earth and without ego, even though he was, and in many ways still is, one of the greatest guitar players to ever lay down a riff.
To this day, there are bands that will play their first show and cite Dimebag and Pantera as the reason for their existence. To this day, there are YouTube videos of guitarists in their bedroom covering solos and riffs. To this day, the work of Dimebag Darrell lives on through his own music and through the bands who put his spirit into their music.
Pour yourself a shot of Crown and pop on your favorite Dimebag album. Today we celebrate like we’re cowboys from Hell.