In what could the most tragic news I’ve read in years, two of my favorite musicians were shot and one killed today in Columbus Ohio, along with three others, when a gunman charged the stage at a Damageplan show and shot and killed former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darryl, who was the nicest star I’ve ever met. Say your piece here and DON’T be rude! Inside you can find the full coverage along with a small story by me to let you all know what a great guy he was…I was- I don’t know- 15 when I met Dimebag Darryl at a local music store where he was signing autographs. We stood in line for hours in the freezing cold just to get the chance to talk to him. He did more than talk to us, he chatted with us for like 20 minutes, ended by taking photos and asked if we were going to the show that night. We told him the show sold out in seconds and we got their early only to be duped by the damn “lottery” they started doing around then. He was so disappointed he added all three of us to the guest list for the show that night! What a f—ing cool dude! I’ve met him twice since then and he was always cool to his fans and took time out of his life to come out from the backstage and talk with everyone- unlike the other douche bags in this industry. I’ll remember you forever, R.I.P…
NBC 4 reports:
At least five people died and two others were wounded after a shooting at a Columbus nightclub on Wednesday night, NBC 4 reported.
The shooting took place shortly after 10 p.m. at Alrosa Villa, located at 5055 Sinclair Road.
Two members of the heavy metal band Damageplan were reportedly shot and killed, including Dimebag Darrell, formerly with the band Pantera, NBC 4′s David Wayne reported. The other band member’s name was not released. The alleged gunman also died at the scene, Wayne reported.
Shortly after the band began playing its first song, a man reportedly ran onto the stage and began shooting, according to a witness who identified himself as Sean. Some members of the audience reportedly thought the man running onto the stage with a gun was part of the band’s act, NBC 4′s Erin Tate reported.
Witnesses said that several shots were fired at the band. Witnesses said that a bouncer at the club tackled the alleged gunman before that person was shot and killed. It was unclear as to whom shot the alleged gunman.
NBC 4 reported that of the surviving victims, one person was in critical condition while the other was in fair condition. Several others were treated at the scene, suffering from various injuries.
Alrosa Villa is a popular north Columbus nightspot for young adults, featuring rock and heavy metal bands, NBC 4 reported.
According to the band’s Web site, Damageplan was touring nationally. It performed in Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday night and had a concert scheduled in Flint, Mich., on Thursday.
Damageplan featured former Pantera artists Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. The pair were joined by vocalist Patrick Lachman and bassist Bobzilla, according to their Web site.