Gone But Not Forgotten
MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about their memories of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. A few excerpts from the article follow:
Kerry King - guitarist, SLAYER: "One thing we were going to do — me and Dime and I think Vince [Paul, Dimebag's brother] was going to play drums — we were going to do this tune together. They were going in to record the DAMAGEPLAN record, and I said, 'Dime, there's a song we need to do. I've always dug this song, and it always makes me think of you. I think we need to do it.' It was 'Snortin' Whiskey, Drinkin' Cocaine' by PAT TRAVERS. We were all geared up to do it. He's like, 'Well, you know, they're busting my balls for press for the new record.' And I said, 'Well, what are we rushing for, dude? We've got all the time in the world.' And then something like that happens, and the harsh reality is, we could have done it then. It probably wouldn't have been as good as it could have been, but at least it would have been done, 'cause now it'll never get done. Maybe me and Zakk will do it and dedicate it to Dime."
Mark Hunter - frontman, CHIMAIRA: "When we were recording 2003's 'The Impossibility of Reason', our producer was DAMAGEPLAN's manager, and Dime told him to tell us to send him some tracks because he wanted to do lead over them. Unfortunately, we declined, and now we're kicking ourselves in the ass. We didn't want any guests and we wanted to establish ourselves as a young band and make our mark."
David Draiman - frontman, DISTURBED: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of PANTERA memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."
Zakk Wylde - frontman, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."
Chad Kroeger - frontman, NICKELBACK: "The last time I saw Dime, we were on tour in Dallas. He jumped up on our bus and he'd brought me this little tiny miniature guitar. It almost looked like a ukulele. He goes, 'I brought you something.' And I hate when someone gives me a present and I don't have something to give them back. So, that night, we were both getting pretty sloppy, and I go in the back and I grab my favorite leather jacket. I come out and give it to him and he throws it on. I'm like, 'There you go. What do you think?' We were both ecstatic, and I gave him a big old hug. We jumped back into his Escalade, and we're sitting there, talking for a bit. We were passing this bottle of Jack Daniel's back and forth. ... I tell him I love him and to be careful, and he tells me he loves me and to be careful. I gave him a big old hug and went back to my bus. ... That was the last time I saw him, and that's what I'll always remember when I think of Dime. I miss him a lot."
Read the entire article — including additional tributes by members of KORN, SHADOWS FALL, MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO, GOD FORBID, UNEARTH, DEVILDRIVER, BRAND NEW SIN, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM and AS I LAY DYING — at MTV.com.
Robert Mancini of MTV News has issued the following
In the year since PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was gunned down while onstage
at an Ohio nightclub, fans and friends have pledged
that his life and his music will live on for years to
come. Now it seems that Dimebag's legacy won't be
limited to memories and familiar riffs.
"There's a lot of stuff in the archive that Dime has
left us with," Dimebag's brother and bandmate Vinnie
Paul told MTV News. Speaking on-camera for the first
time since his brother's tragic death, Paul said that
in addition to the oft-discussed collaboration that he
and Dime recorded with controversial country singer
David Allan Coe, there's a trove of previously
unreleased Dimebag footage being compiled for a DVD
collection and an assortment of songs that had been
intended for the second DAMAGEPLAN album.
"They were the best [songs] yet," Vinnie said of the
tracks he and Dime had been working on. "We learned a
lot from being on tour, we grew as a band, and we were
about to make the [equivalent of PANTERA's
breakthrough sophomore album] 'Vulgar Display of
Power' for DAMAGEPLAN. Basically, a band's first
record is them coming together and really learning
everything, and then after they're on the road and
really become a unit, the next record slams. We were
to that point, and it was coming, man. We felt really,
really strong about it."
That material will have to wait, however, as Vinnie
plans to roll out the Dimebag/Coe collaboration album,
now titled "Rebel Meets Rebel", in March on his own
Big Vin Records. The brothers and Coe worked on the
project off and on for the better part of four years,
and the result is "something that Dime was very proud
"It's the first thing that came to me since all of
this happened, to keep my brother's legacy and
everything he did alive," Vinnie said. "It's a fun
record, that's what I like about it. It's not metal,
it's not country — it's fun. Anybody that can smoke a
joint, drink a beer, this record is for them. His
Southern roots really come through big, and it's
something that we were waiting on the right time to
While the growth of DAMAGEPLAN was the chief concern
for Vinnie and Dime when trying to get the album's
timing right, Vinnie was forced to confront a whole
new host of previously unthinkable concerns after his
brother's death last year. The months that have
followed have been, in Vinnie's words, full of
"unimaginable sadness." He said the idea of returning
to music without his chief creative partner — and best
friend — has been difficult to face.
"Gettin' on with gettin' on ain't an easy thing,"
Vinnie said. "I've been down to the studio where we
recorded everything two times since then. It still has
his brand-new Krank amp sitting right where he had
[his amps], still has the police tape where he didn't
want anybody touching them, 'cause he loved the tone.
It was really weird, man. I just ... I didn't stay
long. I walked in and ... I just ... it's pretty
tough, man. It freaked me out, and I just left. It's