Dimebag' Darrell Abbott killed at 38


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(AP) -- "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot during a performance, was a frenetic, ear-shattering guitarist whose riffs for Pantera and more recently Damageplan were a staple of heavy metal music. He was 38.

Abbott was shot to death as he took the stage Wednesday with Damageplan and began to play the first song of the concert at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

Three other people also were fatally shot before a police officer shot to death the gunman.

The deaths shook the heavy metal music industry as colleagues reeled from the news and fans flooded Web sites to share their grief.

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman and former Damageplan tour partner Howard Jones told MTV. "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."

Rob Blasko Nicholson, the former Ozzy Osbourne bassist, told the music channel Abbott was a legend.

"I'm speechless," he said. "This is totally unreal."

"When you think of '90s heavy metal or hard rock, Pantera is one of these seminal bands. They are quoted today as influences by many bands," said Tom Calderone, MTV's executive vice president. "Hard rock has lost a legendary guitar player."

Abbott and his brother, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, produced Damageplan's debut album, "New Found Power," which was released in February. Other band members are vocalist Patrick Lachman and bassist Bob Zilla.

"Damageplan carries on the tradition Pantera started, the ... hell-raising tradition we were all about," Vinnie Paul Abbott told The Dallas Morning News in October. "We do play some Pantera songs. Me and Dime wrote them, and we feel like we have the right to play them. But the focus is on Damageplan."

Born on August 20, 1966, in Dallas, Darrell Abbott and his brother were introduced to music by their father, country songwriter Jerry Abbott, who owned a recording studio. Although Abbott grew up around country music, he often said he gravitated toward rock music and was influenced by the likes of Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Eddie Van Halen and the late Randy Rhodes.

The Abbott brothers and bassist Rex Rocker formed Pantera in 1982. Then Abbott went by the name "Diamond Darrell." Abbott later began to use "Dimebag" and was often referred to as "Dime" by fans and friends.

Pantera's early music leaned more toward hard rock. Joined in 1987 by singer Phil Anselmo, the band began to develop a heavier sound. After releasing a few independent albums, Pantera signed with Atlantic Records in 1990. It was also the period when Abbott came into his own as a guitar player, developing his heavy, frenetic sound that can first be heard on the 1990 album "Cowboys from Hell" and on the 1992 standout "Vulgar Display of Power." It was followed up by 1994's "Far Beyond Driven."

Pantera's manager Kim Zide-Davis, who worked with Abbott 1994 to 2003, was overwhelmed by the news of his death. She told the AP she often told the guitarist he was "a living cartoon character."

"He would do things that you wouldn't believe a real person was capable of," she said.

She said there was a sweet and caring side of Abbott that many people never saw.

"Everything you saw from him was real. That was who he was," she said. "He lived and unfortunately died by his guitar. What you saw on stage was his enjoyment."

Abbott and his brother left Pantera in 2003 and formed Damageplan. In recent years, he also made recording appearances on Nickleback's "The Long Road" and with one of his influences, KISS' Ace Frehley.

Dozens of messages were posted to the Dallas band's Web site after the shootings.

"This is the worst day in metal history," one posting read.

"The metal world feels your pain," another wrote.


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Birthday: 20th August 1966- dec 2004

Darrel Abbott grew up outside of Dallas, Texas, where his father owned a recording studio.
He saw many great blues and country artists come through as clients of his father and he
learned from them. He learned quickly. So quickly in fact that he was not allowed to enter
any guitar contests in the whole state because he'd already won them all... He was 16. It
seems though that, even with this prodigical skill, the band wasn't sure which direction to go
artisticly until almost 1990 with the release of Cowboys From Hell. Before the development
of their Power Groove, Pantera released a few unknown albums of cheezy-sounding glam
rock (if you ever get a chance to hear anything from that era, I suggest you do. Songs like
Ride My Rocket off of Metal Magic are quite entertaining. I can only decribe the sound as
something like old Bon Jovi or Poison with amazing guitar solos). As far as the change of
alias from Diamond Darrell to Dimebag Darrell, the six-string guru claims that it has always
been Dimebag, there was just a bunch of confusion about it. Personally, I believe he was
coaxed into toning the Dimebag handle down early on strictly for PR purposes.


Here are some DIMEBAG DARRELL and PANTERA accomplishments through the years:

1995 GRAMMY NOMINATION
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE: Pantera, I'm Broken

1997 GRAMMY NOMINATION
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE: Pantera, Suicide Note Part 1

1998 GRAMMY NOMINATION
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE: Pantera, Cemetary Gates

2001 GRAMMY NOMINATION
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE: Pantera, Revolution is my Name

METAL EDGE 2001 READERS POLL
BEST GUITARIST #1: Dimebag Darrell
BEST DRUMMER #1: Vinnie Paul
BEST BASSIST #1: Rex Brown
BEST VOCALIST #1: Philip Anselmo
ALBUM OF THE YEAR #1: Pantera Reinventing The Steel
ALBUM COVER OF THE YEAR #1: Pantera Reinventing The Steel

SONG OF THE YEAR #1: Pantera Revolution is my Name

GUITAR WORLD 2001 READERS POLL
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER #5: Dimebag Darrell
BEST METAL GUITARIST #1: Dimebag Darrell
BEST METAL GUITAR ALBUM OF 2000 #1: Pantera Reinventing The Steel

GUITAR WORLD 2002 READERS POLL
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER #5: Dimebag Darrell
BEST METAL GUITARIST #4: Dimebag Darrell

METAL EDGE 2002 READERS POLL
BEST GUITARIST #2: Dimebag Darrell
BEST DRUMMER #2: Vinnie Paul
BEST BASSIST #1: Rex Brown
BEST VOCALIST #3: Philip Anselmo
TOUR OF THE YEAR #3: Extreme Steel
BAND YOU WANT TO SEE ON OZZFEST 2002 #2: Pantera

GUITAR WORLD 2003 READERS POLL
BEST METAL GUITARIST #1: Dimebag Darrell
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT #5: No new album from Pantera

GUITAR WORLD 2004 READERS POLL
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT #3: The break up of Pantera

GUITAR WORLD's TOP 100 METAL GUITARIST
TOP METAL GUITARIST OF ALL TIME #7: Dimebag Darrell

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Saw this yesterday! Such a shock!! shock shock... shot in concert! woahhhhhhhhhhhh!!

I never listened to Pantera though, just read dimebag's articles in guitar magazines...
 

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One thing is for sure....his record sales will go up. What a tragic.
 

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