Fifteen years – Sigh. It was five years ago today that I first reflected on an anniversary of the death of the now legendary guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott who was murdered while onstage by a crazed fan during a Damageplan performance. Back when he was killed in 2004, there was no PiercingMetal.com yet and I was still new to the game and only submitted reviews to a site over in Barcelona, Spain. That said, I remember how when I first typed those words down that it left me ill at ease and I can honestly say that it still manages to do so. Speaking frankly, I don’t like to reflect on each and every year after someone has died because I find that it gets in the way of the healing and coming to terms with the loss but in a case like Dime’s is there really any easy way to come to these places? Not really.
So a lot of my reflection here recalls my frame of mind and how the news came to me when it initially happened back in 2004. I remembered how the news came to me very early the following morning after it had happened and I was waking up to go to work and as the radio played my constantly set 1010 WINS, I heard the words “gunman”, “Metal concert” and “Dimebag Darrell”; As I said I was just only waking up but it was like a bolt that I was out of the bed and hoping for the newscaster to repeat the story to get more properly informed. I booted up my computer and launched into my email account as I was the NYC Scene Journalist for The Metal Circus site in Spain at the time. The time was only a little after 6AM and I was not seeing the story on any of the popular Metal Newsfeed sites of the day yet but as my email queue synced I began to notice messages filled with questions from my Spanish amigos to get more information on this horrible story they were starting to hear about over on their side of the Atlantic. Then the news was repeated and the reporter came back on and said the news. Guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott of Damageplan was shot during the bands concert and had died. Hearing the words left me numb because it just didn’t make sense to me at all. Why would this happen? How could this happen? Such a thing seemed impossible to happen at a Metal show. Rap maybe but Metal? Never. I typed up the words from the reporters segment and sent them to the editor of that online magazine citing how it was officially verified so they could compose something about it. I admit that it was very hard to go to work that day but since I was “the Metal guy” on the team, it became a quick topic of discussion and it was clearly sending shock waves across the world’s Metal fan base as all tried to come to grips with it and make some kind of sense out of the news. Yet there was no sense to be made from this. Dimebag was taken from us by a very ill and delusional man and there was nothing else to be said about the matter. Dime and a few others were dead and numerous people were injured. It sucked and Metal would never quite be the same again. Continue reading Remembering: “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott; 15 Years Gone (2004-2019)→
As the Comic Con International: San Diego draws closer, the news about exclusive comic books, toys and assorted memorabilia has been picking up steam. Just a short time ago we learned about these awesome collectibles from the folks at War Machine Marketing. Check this out below.
The Press Release:
“I’ve been a huge PANTERA fan since 1991. Their records hold such a unique place in my heart and were there to help me through the ups and downs of life. I not only wanted to make a tribute to this band I love so much but to also honor Dimebag Darrell and his legacy in music. However, now with the passing of his brother, Vinnie Paul, we feel that this tribute is even more important than for fans. It has made what was going to be a celebration of the band and their meaning to everyone into a bittersweet tribute to the Abbott brothers,” explains CEO of War Machine Marketing, Ro Kohli.
The tribute he speaks of is War Machine Marketing’s special San Diego Comic Con run of PANTERA mini guitars, made in conjunction with AXE HEAVEN, themed to some of the band’s most popular albums. The following officially sanctioned and numbered mini-guitars, based on the titles of PANTERA albums, will be available in the following quantities.
VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER: Qty: 333
I had just gotten home to my apartment after a rousing and quite fun show by the Dropkick Murphy’s last night when my mobile started buzzing with texts from friends with news that I hated to read on my screen. It appeared that influential Heavy Metal drummer Vinnie Paul had died. The news was first broadcast across the Official Pantera Facebook Page (of which Vinnie was a founding member) and this statement has been embedded for you below the photo.
Can you believe that we are at the 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power”? Well we are and while this is actually the sixth album in the bands discography, it’s pretty much the second in the more throttling and intense “Groove Metal” sound that they were laying down and claiming some dominance over. I remembered that I first got into Pantera when I heard some tracks on WSOU and despite my being a fan of some of the earliest Power Metal and Glam Rock of the day, I never did hear of the band during their non-Thrashy times. To say that I played “CFH” to death would be an understatement but it was with “VDOP” that this band firmed up in everyone’s Metal minds that they meant business. As always, these milestone reflections are more personal thoughts as the full litany of what made this album come to pass are well outlined in the official Wikipedia entry below. Let’s continue.
From the moment that I first played this at the time new album I felt that the band had upped their Heavy Metal game. They were intense and very in your face and had this whole “Take No Prisoners” sort of attitude. In 1992 the Grunge Rock scene was getting more and more prominent and the Metal Legions had to stick by their favorite music in order for it to thrive. It would not be an easy task for Phil, Dimebag, Vinnie and Rex to do since these Seattle based melodic strains were quickly taking over the airwaves and even the video ones. Bands like Pantera were slowly relegated to only being showcased on the later evening “Headbangers Ball” that broadcast once a week. When you did play this album it was very often done at levels that would send a more civilized sort into hiding. Like I said up above, this was some true in your face stuff and for those of us who were enjoying it we wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue reading Hails To 1/4 Century Of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power” (1992-2017)→
Has it really been ten years? Well I guess it has and yet I still find it troubling to write down but the great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott has been gone for ten years as of this very day. The Metal world at large all know the story about how the master guitarist was gunned down during a show with his band Damageplan by a crazed gunman. This terrible night also claimed the lives of three others and injuring several others.