Legendary Guitarist Darrell Abbott Shot Dead

Published: 2004-12-09
Dimebag Darrell Abbott, guitarist for metal pioneers Pantera and his more recent project, Damageplan, was shot dead last night in Columbus, Ohio at a Damageplan concert when a gunman wearing a hockey jersey and hooded sweatshirt rushed the stage at the Alrosa Villa nightclub just after 10 p.m. and opened fire on the band and the crowd of approximately 250 spectators. Apparently many people initially thought the gunman was part of the act. Three other people were gunned down, though some reports put that number as high as five, before the gunman was tackled by a security guard and killed by Police Officer James D. Niggemeyer. Two other victims have been identified as Nathan Bray and Erin Halk, both audience members. It has also been reported on NBC TV that a second member of Damageplan was killed, but his name has not yet been released. A witness told NBC that a man climbed onto the stage, started yelling, and then shot Dimebag Darrell five or six times at close range. Officer.com is reporting that the gunman has been identified by Ohio Police as Nathan Gale, 25, of Marysville, Ohio. Police have scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. this morning.

Abbott was born in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966. Together with his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, he formed Pantera in 1982. In 1990 they released their groundbreaking, genre defining major label debut, Cowboys From Hell, their second with then new lead singer and current Superjoint Ritual vocalist Philip Anselmo. When Pantera disbanded in 2003 after years of inactivity, which most blame on the many consuming side projects of Anselmo, Abbott and his brother formed Damageplan with vocalist Patrick Lachman and bassist Bobzilla. They were currently touring behind their debut release, 'New Found Power'.

The guitarist, known for his long, often dyed goatee and trademark cowboy hat, brought a style and swagger all his own to the world of metal. He was able to infuse his own brand of southern-fried, whiskey-soaked groove into aggressive music in a seemingly effortless manner that could be imitated but never duplicated. His sound and style inspired many of today's top metal guitarists. Few metal ax-slingers will drop a list of influences without mentioning Dimebag and Pantera. His signature tone and cry-baby wah pedal laden solos were among the best to grace the eardrums of a generation of metalheads.

R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell Abbott 1966-2004.

Writer: Joe Henley



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Only in america could someone enter a concert with a gun. you will be missed RIP.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
I am deeply saddened by the news of Dimebag's death. He, like Slash and Randy Rhoads, were probably one of the best metal guitarists ever. The only other metal guitarists that could compare are the guys in slayer. I have been playing metal for years, and he was always an inspiration for me that made me a better guitar player througout the years. I ask everyone today, to play there Pantera CD's, at full volume in their cars, in rememberance and tribute to one of the best guitarists ever.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
Excellent write-up Joe. Thanks for accentuating the positive.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
This day will never be forgotten by the fans of Pantera it should be made a memorial for the entire nation to morn for the lost of a legend to the music industry. This is just as worse as losing Kurt Coban Of Nirvana. These two men were legends and are a terrible lose to the music industry!!! May god Morn For Pantera's lose and it's fans.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
i proboly sound like the 4,325,854rd person who has said this but i picked up the guitar because of pantera. to me, dimebag was the best and most influential guitarist ever. to his family and friends, im sorry for your loss. ive never felt so bad about someone ive never had an oppourtunity to meet. RIP
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
Its a shame that such a talented person be taken away in such a violent way. Darrell was a inspiration to all. He will be missed deeply. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
That, my friend is the best article I ever read, thank you.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
This is one of the saddest events in metal for years. My conolences to Vinnie. Dimebag will be missed.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 09, 2004
I greately appreciate his work and effort and give my deepest condolenses to the family.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 11, 2004
how the hell could some one kill dimebag darrell he was the best guitarist that ever walked earth's surface.... the music industry will never be the same ever again...
Posted by: Anonymous on December 11, 2004
I am saddened today on hearing of Darrell's death. The loss of someone who spends such time to create a craft and to share it with the world is tragic. Even if you were not a Pantera fan to appreciate how hard it is to reach the level that he did. His outspoken love of the fans, playing for us, teaching us in his many guitar mag interviews. When you see other "stars" on t.v. they are not real. Darrell was real and to be killed for such a stupid reason will leave us all shaking our heads. Goodbye Darrell and thankyou.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 11, 2004
Dime was an amazing guitarist and metal will not be the same without him. I still don't understand how someone who sopposedly was a Pantera fan(atic) could do something so horrible to him. I only wish I was able to see him enjoy playing. R.I.P. Dime you will be missed but remembered.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 15, 2004
Dime was in all words, one of the best at what he did. He brought something different and original to the world of metal. I am deeply saddened to hear of this tragic event. R.I.P. Dime..you will be missed.
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