Today Marks 10th Anniversary Of Dimebag Darrell’s Death


Today (Monday, December 8) marks the 10th anniversary of the death of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Abbott, one of the most beloved and respected musicians in hard rock, was shot onstage during a DAMAGEPLAN concert on this date in 2004 at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio by a 25-year-old ex-Marine named Nathan Gale. Gale murdered a total of four people and wounded three others before being killed himself by police officer James D. Niggemeyer, who arrived on the scene minutes after Gale began his rampage.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Gale seemed to deliberately target Abbott, leading to speculation that the young man, who had a history of mental illness, held a grudge against Abbott and his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, for the break-up of PANTERA in 2002. Columbus police closed their investigation in October of 2005 without establishing a motive for the shootings.

Abbott and Paul formed PANTERA in the mid-Eighties in Texas. The band recorded four independent albums before their 1990 major label debut, “Cowboys From Hell”, introduced a heavier sound and made them a favorite with metal fans. 1994’s “Far Beyond Driven” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 without benefit of a commercial hit single.

The group splintered in 2002 following the departure of volatile lead singer Philip Anselmo. Dime and Vinnie, as they were known to their fans, regrouped with DAMAGEPLAN, releasing the band’s debut album, “New Found Power”, in February of 2004. The group was touring in support of the record at the time of the shootings.

Abbott‘s death was a devastating blow to the close-knit hard rock and metal community. He was known to his fellow musicians for his hospitality, friendship and partying spirit, and was a legend among fans and peers for his powerful, innovative and unmistakable playing style.

Pantera Releases ‘Piss” Music Video

Last night, the Revolver Golden Gods Awards premiered the new video for “Piss,” the previously unreleased Pantera track that will appear on the 20th anniversary reissue of Vulgar Display Of Power. And now Pantera’s “first video in 12 years” has been posted online and can be seen above.

Using of a mix of fan submitted clips and studio shots, the video is a pretty solid tribute to the loyal Pantera die-hard. More importantly, though, the song itself sounds fan-fucking-tastic. So don’t waste any more time and watch the video for “Piss” up above. And while theVulgar Display Of Power reissue doesn’t come out until May 15, “Piss” is now available for purchase via all digital outlets.