Metal Community Remembers Dimebag Darrell

Published: 2004-12-10
Tributes and memories are flowing in as the tears of the friends, family and fans of Dimebag Darrell Abbott have only begun to fall. Among the mourners are Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Charlie Benante of Anthrax, who offered their feelings on their respective websites yesterday. Here are their posts:

"There is nothing unique or clever to this post, and what I want to say has no doubt already been said throughout the metal community, by countless others whom were more closer to Darrell than me by now.
However, knowing he was murdered tonight, I wish to thank and remember Darrell for his amazing life and the gift that he shared with me and so many other fortunates. I pray for Darrell's family and friends; specifically for their healing, their peace, and their understanding of this tragedy in this time of need.
I send my deepest heartfelt condolences to the Abbott family, to Darrell's friends, and to the fantastic Pantera and Damageplan fans around the world. We must never forget his life, and his gifts, his genius, his terrific personality, and the legacy he left behind to remember him by. Darrell, I will see you in heaven and I, like so many more, love you brother.

You will be missed."

Dave Mustaine

Charlie Benante had this to say:

"I loved him, he was a true friend. The phone calls in the middle of the night, talking about this and that. Playing KINGS X or KISS licks over the phone. I remember this one time we were both going through these anxiety attacks. I never had them, nor did he. We were talking about how we stopped them. I quit drinking alcohol and coffee and he said that he started drinking MORE ALCOHOL! HAHAHA, that was him. I had some great times with him, he always put you in a good mood, DAMMIT! What the f**k is wrong with people?? How the f**k does someone get into a club with a loaded gun, HOW?? WHY??"

Chad Dyer offered this response on the website of Black Label Society, whose frontman Zakk Wylde had been a friend, colleague and musical soul mate of Abbott's for many years:

"We lost Dime tonight. We have no official details, and I personally am not saying anything. I want to thank Shawn Sexton (Sierra Nevada) from for calling Chad Lee and I in Chicago and bringing it to our attention, first and foremost. Right now, I myself, and the entire Doome Crew Inc., those I've spoken to, can't even begin to try to fuckin' assmble (sic) words in sentences to tell you guys how we feel. Give us a few days to circle the wagons. Whatever comes across officially from the family will be conveyed, as always, humbly by us."

Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage also appeared shaken in the words he offered in an MTV interview:

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty. This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

Clearly, the metal community is reeling from these shocking and tragic events. Sadly, the gunman who killed Abbott will not be brought to any sort of earthly justice, but Abbott's departure from this world has obviously left a mark on the people who knew and loved him and those who adored his music.

Writer: Joe Henley



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I cant explain how i felt when i heard the horrible news about the greatest guiratist in the universe. First i laughed, because i thiught it was a joke. Then after it sank in i cried. Dimebag will be missed by everyone who knew him or his music. im still freaking out about it. Im waiting to wake up from this nightmarrish reality. i just dont understand how the man could have gotten into that place in the first place. I just wanted to let everyone know that you should do something about your security of something because this sh*t should have never happened. I love you dime. and i will always remember your grreat music.i am your biggest fan.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 10, 2004
i just wanted to post a thought on this. The anger I had felt at first about this whole situation.....towards the gunman that had killed a musical genius. Its now beginning to dissolve....Ive been playing Pantera music with the volume at MAX........I hope Dimebag can hear me in Heaven, and understand that his life in music wasn't in vain, and his LIFE, not death, will be rememebered forever.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 10, 2004
Dimebag, you're in my thoughts. Crazy to think that all my years of music our paths never crossed, in concert or other venues. Being my age I had a connection with the stories written about you, from youth to star. Now I work 9 to 5 behind a desk. I will ponder no more. My desire to play my music is all that matters now. I hope this isn't too cheesey, but what happened to you woke me up. One man said, don't leave this world without letting the music out of your soul. Well Dimebag, you've accomplished all that with your heart and spirit. My guitar will play, and it will never stop while I am on this earth. One day I will see you in heaven where Metal Heads have been reserved a special place where the music never ends.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 10, 2004
When a tragedy such as this happens in such an inscrutable world as ours it makes you sink down within yourself and think about how heinous and corrupt the people in this world truely are. Pantera was a stepping stone in my life, their music will never be forgotten. Dimebag you have no idea how missed you are and how much of an asset you were to the metal community. Although I never met you I love you, and I feel as though I have lost my best friend. My deepest sympathy to the Abbott family and the fans as well. I love you Dimebag and you will be forever missed and never forgotten....Your smile has faded but the residue remains...R.I.P-D.D....-Brittany Ricker
Posted by: Anonymous on December 10, 2004
I only met Dime two times. The first a few months before the cowboys from hell album came out. He, and the rest of the guys, were very nice and receptive to us. I just wish the family and friends and fans well.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 10, 2004
I just want to say that Pantera was one of the reason I began listening to heavy metal. When I heard of the tragedy, I was in shock, much like the rest of the metal community. I hope everyone can honor his memory the same way that he honored metal music. Dimebag, you will be missed and remembered.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 10, 2004
Dimebag you always and forever will be a legand of the music world. You will be sadly missed by all.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 11, 2004
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