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Dimebag Darrell

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Dimebag Darrell Notable instrument(s) Signature "Dimebag" models issued by Dean and Washburn

Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as "Diamond" Darrell, "Dimebag" Darrell, or simply "Dime" (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004) was an American guitarist. Best known as a founding member of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan, he also performed in the country music band Rebel Meets Rebel. Abbott frequently appeared in guitar magazines and in readers’ polls, where he was often included in the top ten metal guitarist spots. In addition, he wrote a long-running Guitar World magazine column, which has been compiled in the book Riffer Madness. Remembered for his amiable nature and rapport with fans, Abbot has been described by critic Greg Prato [1] as "one of the most influential stylists in modern metal." On December 8, 2004, Abbott was murdered onstage during a Damageplan performance at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.

Dimebag during June 2004

Early years

Background information Birth name Also known as Born Died Genre(s) Occupation(s) Instrument(s) Years active Label(s) Associated acts

Darrell was born to Carolyn and Jerry Abbott, a country musician and producer. He took up guitar when he was 12, winning a series of Diamond/Dimebag Darrell or local guitar competitions, where in one he simply as "dime" was awarded his first Dean (later known as August 20, 1966(1966-08-20) the ML styled guitar.) Coincidentally, his Arlington, Texas, U.S. father had bought him a cherryburst finish Dean (ML) standard the morning before the December 8, 2004 (aged 38) Columbus, Ohio, U.S. competition, so he only had a few hours of playing time on it. These and another contest Heavy metal, groove metal, glam prize, his first Randall amplifier, are the two metal staples of his style and sound.
Darrell Lance Abbott Musician, Songwriter guitarist Guitar, backing vocals 1981–2004 Atco, Big Vin, Elektra Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel, Damageplan, Motown Rage

Pantera and Damageplan
Abbott formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul on drums. The band began in a glam metal style, but by the late ’80s showed a greater influence from thrash metal acts such as Slayer, Megadeth,


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Exhorder and Metallica, as well as traditional metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Pantera subsequently became a key formulator of the post-thrash subgenre of "groove" metal. It would not be until nine years after forming that Pantera saw its first piece of commercial success in its 1990 major label debut, Cowboys from Hell. Pantera’s "groove" style came to fruition in its breakthrough album Vulgar Display of Power, released on February 25, 1992, which saw the replacement of the power metal falsetto vocals with a hardcore-influenced shouted delivery and heavier guitar sound. In 1994, Abbott dropped the nickname "Diamond Darrell" and assumed the nickname "Dimebag Darrell". Pantera began to suffer from mounting tensions between band members in the mid-1990s, largely due to Phil Anselmo’s rampant drug abuse; in 2003, the group broke up[2]. Anselmo left the band for other projects, such as Superjoint Ritual and Down. After a year, brothers Vinnie and "Dimebag" formed Damageplan, a Heavy metal band which also used the Pantera-style groove metal sound. The Abbott brothers recruited former Halford guitarist Pat Lachman on vocals, and Bob Zilla on bass. Damageplan released its debut album New Found Power in the United States on February 10, 2004, which debuted at number 38 on the Billboard 200, selling 44,676 copies in its first week. When writing music for the new group, "Dimebag" said that "we wanted to stretch out and expand our capabilities to their fullest."[3] Abbott was also an avid consumer of alcoholic beverages, as exemplified by his invention of a cocktail. The drink consists of one shot of "Crown Royal" whiskey, and generally with or accepted without an additional shot of Seagrams 7 whiskey, with a ’dash’ of just enough Coca-Cola to darken the whiskey’s color known as the "Black Tooth Grin". [4]

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Out of Black’. Abbott played all the guitar parts, Rex Brown played bass, Vinnie Paul played drums, Rob Halford sang lead vocals while Philip Anselmo sang backing vocals. This song was released on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack on July 28, 1992. In 1996 Abbott contributed the Ace Frehley song ’Fractured Mirror’ to the Ace tribute album Spacewalk: A Salute To Ace Frehley. Then in 1997 a new Ace Frehley tribute album called Return Of The Comet: A Tribute To Ace Frehley was released. The two Abbott brothers covered Ace’s song ’Snowblind’ on track 7. On and off between 1996 and the formation of Damageplan, the Abbott brothers and Pantera bassist Rex Brown teamed up with country singer David Allan Coe for a project called Rebel Meets Rebel in 2000. The album was released May 2, 2006 on Vinnie’s "Big Vin Records" label. Abbott played guest guitar solos on several Anthrax songs from their John Bush era: "King Size" & "Riding Shotgun" from Stomp 442, "Inside Out" & "Born Again Idiot" from Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, "Strap It On" and "Cadillac Rock Box" (with a voice intro from Dimebag as well) from We’ve Come for You All. In a recent interview Anthrax bassist Frank Bello said "Darrell was basically the sixth member of Anthrax". Abbott also performed a solo on the titular track from King Diamond’s Voodoo album. A sample from a guitar solo by Abbott was used in the Nickelback song "Side of a Bullet" and also played guitar on Nickelback’s cover of Elton John’s Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting along with Kid Rock. In 1999, Pantera recorded a theme tune for their favourite ice hockey team, The Dallas Stars, called ’Puck-Off’. The song was eventually released in 2003 on the album ’Dallas Stars: Greatest Hits’. In 2000 Abbott played the guitar solo on Believer for the new Randy Rhoads Tribute album (not the Ozzy Osbourne album). Vocals were by Sebastian Bach, Rhythm Guitars were by Kane Roberts, Drums were by Michael Cartellone and the Bass was by Mike Bringardello. This was the only track that Abbott contributed to on this album. Shortly before Abbott’s death, he went into the studio with a band named Premenishen to do a guest solo on a track titled "Eyes of the South." [5] He was also confirmed as one of the original guitar player choices for Liquid Tension Experiment by Mike Portnoy.[6] Abbott’s musical roots were

Other projects
Shortly before singer Phil Anselmo joined Pantera, Abbott was invited to join Dave Mustaine’s thrash band Megadeth. Abbott was willing to join, but on the condition that Mustaine also hired his brother Vinnie on drums. As Mustaine had already hired drummer Nick Menza, Abbott stayed with Pantera. In 1992 Pantera teamed up with Rob Halford (of Judas Priest) for a track called ’Light Comes


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in Country Western music; he supported the local music scene in Dallas and would sometimes record with local musicians. He played in a country band called Rebel Meets Rebel with country performer David Allan Coe. Three of Abbott’s solos from Pantera songs ranked among Guitar World magazine’s top 100 of all-time: "Walk" (#57), "Cemetery Gates" (#35), and "Floods" (#15).[7] In December 2006 a rare track of one of his collaborations was discovered. Abbott sat in on a recording session with local Dallas musician "Throbbin Donnie" Rodd and recorded "Country Western Transvestite Whore". It features Dimebag on lead guitar and lead vocals.[8]Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul along with Rex (during the Pantera Era) and Bob Zilla (Damageplan Era) performed at their New Years party every year under the name "Gasoline", which was originally and previously a project involving Dimebag and Vinnie plus Thurber T. Mingus of Pumpjack. Stroker of Pumpjack also played with Gasoline on several occasions. Dimebag, Vinnie and Rex also recorded a cover of the ZZ Top song "Heard It on the X" under the band name "Tres Diablos" for ECW wrestling’s "Extreme Music" soundtrack.

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On December 8, 2004, while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Abbott was shot onstage by a mentally ill former US Marine named Nathan Gale.[9] Abbott was shot five times in the back of the head, killing him instantly. Damageplan’s drum technician, John "Kat" Brooks, and tour manager, Chris Paluska, were injured. Gale fired a total of fifteen shots, taking the time to reload once, and remaining silent throughout the shooting. To avoid being injured or killed himself, Abbott’s brother and bandmate, Vinnie Paul was taken to the bar/ kitchen on the other side of the club. Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, the band’s head of security was also killed in the incident while engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Gale. Alrosa Villa employee Erin Halk was killed after charging Gale when he ran out of bullets, however, Gale was able to reload faster than anticipated. Audience member Nathan Bray was killed while trying to perform CPR on Dimebag and Mayhem.[10] Brooks was scuffling with Gale onstage but was overpowered and taken hostage in a

Black ribbon sticker that appears on vehicles in honor of Dimebag Darrell. headlock position. Brooks was shot several times (once in the right hand, his right leg, and his right side) while attempting to get the gun away from Gale. Five officers came in the front entrance led by officer Rick Crum, and moved toward the stage. Officer James D. Niggemeyer came in through the back door, behind the stage. Gale only saw the officers in front of the stage; he never saw Officer Niggemeyer. When the hostage moved his head, Officer Niggemeyer killed Gale by shooting him in the face with a police-issued 12 gauge Remington 870 shotgun. Gale was found to have 35 rounds of ammunition remaining. Nurse and audience member Mindy Reece, 28, went to the aid of Abbott. She and another fan administered


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CPR until paramedics arrived, but were unable to revive him. In May 2005, Officer Niggemeyer testified before the Franklin County grand jury, which is routine procedure in Franklin County after a police shooting. The grand jury did not indict Niggemeyer, finding that his actions were justified. Niggemeyer received a commendation from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for his outstanding police work in time of crisis as well as the National Rifle Association award as 2005 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The five other officers that were first on the scene received Ohio distinguished law enforcement medals for their efforts. In 2006 James Niggemeyer penned the foreword to a book written about the event A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa. Early theories of motive suggested that Gale may have turned to violence in response to the breakup of Pantera, or the public dispute between Abbott and Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, but these were later ruled out by investigators. [11] Another theory was that Gale believed Abbott had stolen a song Gale wrote.[12] In the A Vulgar Display Of Power book, several of Gale’s personal writings, given to the author by Gale’s mother, suggest that the gunman was not angry about Pantera’s breakup or about a belief that Pantera had "stolen songs"; instead, the documents suggest that Gale’s paranoid schizophrenia caused delusions that the band could read his mind, and that they were "stealing" his thoughts and laughing at him. Abbott’s grave is located at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He is buried alongside his mother. He was buried with Eddie Van Halen’s Charvel Hybrid VH2 (also known as Bumblebee) - Van Halen’s black and yellow Frankenstrat that was the actual guitar pictured with Eddie on the cover of the album Van Halen II - because Dimebag had asked for one in 2004 before he was shot.

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become a guitar player Abbott said that when he was young his father asked him if he wanted a BMX bike or a guitar for his birthday and he chose the BMX but after listening to a Black Sabbath album for the first time he went to his father to try and trade the bike for the guitar)[13]. Ace signed the tattoo in pen ink upon meeting him, at Dimebag’s request, and then the autograph was painstakingly tattooed over soon after, so as never to be washed off. In the late 1980s, around the time of Power Metal, Abbott often covered songs by guitarist Joe Satriani, such as "Crushing Day". He also incorporated elements of Satriani songs like "Echo" into his live solos as well. Abbott stated, in various interviews, that his riffs were largely influenced by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Tony also influenced Dimebag’s tunings, which often went down to C# or lower. Pantera covered Black Sabbath songs "Planet Caravan", "Paranoid", "Hole In the Sky" and "Electric Funeral." He also cited thrash giants Anthrax, Metallica and, despite a sometimes vicious feud, Megadeth as primary influences. He was also a great fan of Slayer and a good friend of Kerry King. Dimebag mentioned in an interview with Guitar World that the clean chord passages in the intro to Cemetery Gates were influenced by the clean chordal passages found in much of Ty Tabor’s (King’s X) playing. As with Gibbons, Abbott frequently made use of pentatonic scales and slide guitar in both his leads and rhythms. Both guitarists employ blues scales, start / stop dynamics and pedal tones, as in Dimebag’s southern style riff in "The Great Southern Trendkill", and the main riff to ZZ Top’s "Tush". Randy Rhoads’ style chord arpeggios can be heard in much of Dimebag’s playing as well, noted examples being "Floods", "Shedding Skin", "The Sleep", and "This Love". He also stated that "Eddie Van Halen was heavy rock and roll, but Randy was heavy metal".[14] Eddie Van Halen, whom Abbott had recently befriended, placed his original black with yellow stripes guitar (commonly called "bumblebee") into the Kiss Kasket. Abbott had mentioned to Ed that he liked that color combination the best of Ed’s guitars (this guitar appears on the back sleeve of Van Halen’s second album "Van Halen II"), and Eddie was going to paint one that way for him. Darrell also credited Vito Rulez of Chauncy for

Influences and guitar skills
Abbott once said in a Guitar World interview that if there was no Ace Frehley, there would have been no "Dimebag" Darrell - he even had a tattoo of the "KISS" guitarist on his chest (in an interview asking why he chose to


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convincing him to try Bill Lawrence pickups. According to an interview with Dino Cazares then of Fear Factory Abbott told him that during the recording of Reinventing the Steel he A/B’d his guitar tone with Dino’s (incidentally during the making of Fear Factory’s Demanufacture Cazares A/B’d his guitar tone against that of Vulgar Display of Power). Abbott co-designed a guitar with Dean just months before his death. Called the Razorback, it was a modified version of the ML. It is more pointed and has extra barbs on the wings. This design spawned variations, such as a 24-fret version, different paint jobs including a flamed maple top with natural finish, EMG pickups, and also helped with the design of the V-shaped version, the Razorback V (lacking the neck-pointing front wing). Pete Willis of Def Leppard was also seen as another major influence for Darrell. On his Guitar World magazine tribute issue, Abbott was quoted as saying, "Man, that first Leppard album really jams, and their original guitarist, Pete Willis, was a great player. I was inspired by him because I was a small young dude and he was a small young dude, too—and he was out there kickin’ ass. He made me want to get out there and play. Def Leppard used the two-guitar thing much more back then than they do now." [15] Dean issued a tribute guitar to honor his death, featuring the tribute logo on the neck, a razor inlay on the 12th fret, and handpainted "rusty-metal"-style graphics. The pickups include a Dimebucker at the Bridge and a DiMarzio Super Distortion at the neck, the tremolo is a Floyd Rose double-locking, and the knobs are the Dimebag Traction knobs. They use all-black hardware, and almost all of them have 22 frets, a Floyd Rose tremolo, Seymour Duncan pickups (including the SH-13 Dimebucker), and set-neck construction.

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1995. When Dean guitars went out of business he switched to Washburn. Dimebag used Washburn guitars from 1996 – 2004 endorsing various signature models such as the Dimebolt and the Stealth. His main guitars at this point where the dime 333, the stealth, and the culprit (a unique model designed by washburn which varied greatly from the ml’s). Seymour Duncan manufactures a signature pickup co-designed by Dime, called the Dimebucker. Dimebag proudly endorsed Seymour Duncan, but continued to use Bill Lawrence pickups in most of his personal guitars. Several months before his death, Darrell ended his long relationship with Washburn guitars, and again became a Dean endorsee, coinciding with Dean Guitar founder Dean Zelinksy’s return. Dean guitars built him a brand new signature guitar, called the Dime O’ Flame, which he began using live. As a tribute to him, in 2005 Dean Guitars released the new Dime Tribute line of ML guitars. These guitars come in various models, ranging from lower end ones that have a stop tail piece, a bolt-on neck, Basswood Body, and lower quality pickups, to higher end models with Dimebuckers, a Floyd Rose bridge, and set neck construction. In his last few weeks with Dean Guitars, Dime help design a guitar he called the Razorback. After his death, Dean continued with the Razorback project and dedicated them to the memory of him. During the height of Dimebag’s fame, he also worked together with MXR and Dunlop to produce the MXR Dime Distortion and the Dimebag "Crybaby from Hell" Wah respectively. Dimebag’s main rig included: • Randall RG100H heads and cabinets (1983 - 1991, 1996 - 1999). • Randall Century 200 heads and cabinets (1992 - 1995, 2000). • Randall Warhead heads and cabinets (2000 - 2004). • Randall X2 Warhead heads and cabinets (2004). • Krank Revolution heads and cabinets (late 2004) • Furman PQ4 parametric equalizer (1990 1995). • Furman PQ3 parametric equalizer (1996 2004). • MXR Six band graphic equalizer (’the blue one’). • MXR flanger / doubler (1990 - 2004). • Lexicon effect modules.

In his early career as a musician, Dimebag used Dean ML guitars and Bill Lawrence L500XL pickups, which he would install in a reversed position to have the "hot" blade facing the neck. His main guitars were the Dean from Hell (an ml guitar customiser by Buddy Blaze, painted with a unique lightning bolt design and ’Floyd rosed’ and a Braziliaburst ML. He used Dean guitars from 1983 -


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Korg Ax30g. Rocktron Guitar silencer. Digitech Whammy pedal. Jim Dunlop Crybaby 535Q Crybaby From HELL. When Dime left Washburn a few weeks before his death, he also left Randall Amps. Dimebag had always swore by his solid-state Randall’s through the years, but in late 2004 he switched to Krank amplifiers, which were purely tube driven. He planned to redefine his very own sound by developing the "Krankenstein". He used the MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive with the Krank amps. • • • •

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Abbott’s death. The song later made it onto Buckethead’s album Kaleidoscalp, entitled "The Android of Notre Dame".[16] • He Came to Rock is a DVD/book tribute to Abbott released in November 2008. Darrell’s brother Vinnie Paul and father Jerry toured to promote the book’s release.[17] • The booklet in C.O.C.’s In the Arms of God album says "R.I.P. Dime" at the bottom of the last page • The song Side of a Bullet by Nickelback is a tribute to Dimebag, it has lyrics such as "He hit the stage so full of rage and let the whole world know it, 6 feet away they heard him say: Oh God don’t let him pull it!".

Magazine appearances
Abbott frequently appeared in guitar magazines, both in advertisements for equipment he endorsed and in readers’ polls, where he was often included in the top ten metal guitarist spots. In addition, he wrote a long-running Guitar World magazine column, which has been compiled in the book Riffer Madness (ISBN 0-7692-9101-5). As well as he, been voted into the Guitar World Hall of Fame. Total Guitar frequently featured him and wrote about him in the months leading up to his death. One year after his death, they made a tribute issue. The January 2008 issue of Metal Hammer was also dedicated to him. In the March 2008 issue of Guitar World Abbott was featured on the cover story "Dimebag, The Untold Story," and interviews with his then-guitar techs Grady Champion, Rita Haney and Vinnie Paul Abbott.

Discography and filmography
Abbott performed on Anthrax albums, including Stomp 442 (1995); Volume 8: The Threat Is Real (1998); the Inside Out EP (1998) and We’ve Come for You All (2003). With Damageplan, Abbott played on the Devastation Sampler (2003) and on the album New Found Power (2004). With Pantera, Abbott recorded a number of albums, EPs, singles, and videos, including Power Metal (1988); Cowboys from Hell (1990); Vulgar Display of Power (1992); and Hostile Moments (1994). He also recorded albums under his own name, including Country Western Transvestite Whore and Supercop Soundtrack (1996) and he recorded a country music album entitled Rebel Meets Rebel (2004). Nickel Back’s song called, "Side of a Bullet" is about Abott’s death

• Trivium’s album, The Crusade, says at the bottom of the final page, "Rest in peace Dimebag Darrell Abbott (1966-2004)" • Disturbed in their 2005 release Ten Thousand Fists stated: "We would like to dedicate this record to the memory of our late fallen brother, Dimebag Darrell, one of the greatest guitar players to ever walk the face of this Earth" • In a Limp Bizkit song "The Priest" in 2005 you hear the lyrics "I see someone in rage killing Dimebag on stage, what the fuck is this...". • Guitarist Buckethead wrote "Dime", a song paying tribute to Abbott, which was available for free download shortly after

[1] allmusic ((( Dimebag Darrell > Biography ))) [2] VH1. (2006). Behind the Music [TV series]. [3] Wiederhorn, How (2004-01-08). "Damageplan put Pantera behind them with New Found Power". VH1. http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/ 1484223/01082004/damageplan.jhtml. Retrieved on 2008-02-05. [4] MTVNews.com: Remembering Dimebag [5] The band consists of two of Abbott’s cousins (bassist Heather Manly and


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guitarist April Adkisson). This song [12] Nightclub Shooter Said Pantera Stole (track 2) can be found on Premenishen’s His Lyrics, wftv.com. Retrieved 10 July debut album, ’Symphony For The 2008. Freaks’. [13] Guitar World, vol. 5 No. 4, April 1994 [6] Mike Portnoy FAQ, Mike Portnoy.com. [14] Guitar World, vol. 5 No. 4, April 1994 Retrieved 29 January 2007. [15] http://www.guitarworld.com/article/ [7] 100 Greatest Guitar Solos - Tablature for dimebag_darrell_dime%E2%80%99s_dozen?page=0% solos 11 - 20 [16] http://www.sputnikmusic.com/ [8] http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/ album.php?albumid=18798 online_downloads/ [17] http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/ very_rare_dirtbag_track_surfaces.html 2008/11/ [9] New York Times: "Darrell Abbott, 38, a dimebag_darrells_family_signs.php Guitarist Featured in Heavy-Metal Bands, Dies" [10] "Three Years After DIMEBAG’s Murder: • Official Damageplan website Missed Opportunities Abound". • Official Pantera website Blabbermouth. • Official Rebel Meets Rebel Site http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/ • Tribute Site Great Musician blabbermouth.net/ • news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=86362. Obituary by Sebastian Bach • Obituary in the Columbus Dispatch Retrieved on 2009-03-31. [11] Dimebag Darrell killing ’not motivated by Pantera split’, NME.com. Retrieved 31 March 2009.

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