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Metal Heavyweights Remember Dimebag Darrell Seven Years Later

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On this day seven years ago (12/08/04), the world lost one of the most prolific and innovative guitarists of all time — not to mention he was one hell of a guy. It comes as no surprise that the man we knew affectionately as Dimebag Darrell is still missed greatly by family, friends, musicians and fans alike.


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Vinnie Paul

Remembering his brother and bandmate
 
 

"On this day 7 years ago I had the best friend i've ever known taken from me forever!!!!!!! I would just like to say DIMES SPIRIT forever shines on like the stars in the sky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets celebrate his life,music,LOVE and spirit and do a Blacktooth in his honor!!!! Getcha pull and light em up!!!!! WE MISS YOU DIME , YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!!!! BIG LOVE FROM BIG BROTHER!!!! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!!"

 
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Zakk Wylde

On Dime's importance to heavy music

 
 

"When people ask me, “What was Dime’s guitar playing like?” I say, “With Dime, it wasn’t just what he brought to the table, with the bluesy feel and the beyond f---ing heavy riffs.” When you really think about it, he actually inspired a genre, like how [Black Sabbath guitarist] Tony Iommi inspired a genre of music. Not just Dime’s ripping solos and all that bulls---, I’m talking about like the actual style of the f---ing music." [Revolver]

 
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Frank Bello - Anthrax

Remembering fun times with Dimebag

 
 

"We were so close to him – he was one of us. Dimebag was the sixth member of Anthrax. I lost a brother 13 years ago. Then to have Dimebag go in such a bad, traumatic way… he was like a brother to me. I brought a parasite home with me from Mexico in my stomach. I couldn’t hold anything in my stomach including liquor – imagine being on a Pantera tour without drinking liquor. Everything I put in my body, it was like a funnel. It came right out. I would have to run and hide, because Dime’s chasing me with this drink. He’d be yelling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!’ So I’m shooting this thing with a beer right after it. I swear to God: as soon as it went in my system it was right in the bowl. I laugh at that now, because I remember Dime laughing at me. Of course it was a painful thing for me, but it was a great thing for Dimebag. Those are the things you remember. I love them and miss them. Only the good die young.” [Revolver]

 
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Rob Halford

On his reaction to Dimebag's murder

 
 

"I just hit the deck. This can't be real. I put the TV on, and it was actually on CNN. I just sat there in disbelief. And then I balled like a baby, like you should do. I just cried my eyes out. And you just don't know what to do. You're full of confusion, you're full of anger, you want to fucking smash things to pieces. You want to play the music; you want to call Phil [Anselmo]. All of these things are going on in your head...It's just seems inconceivable. I mean, we lost people through self-induced things, like booze and drugs. We've lost people like Ronnie [James Dio] with the kinds of illnesses. But to be f---ing brutally murdered is just insane. Absolutely insane. John Lennon is the only other person, isn't it? They're both in good company, as far as what they mean and how they've lived on in our lives. How Dimebag will always live on. That's the only bit of solace you've got. It's that the work that they made will live forever. That's the blessing." [Blabbermouth]

 
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Mark Morton - Lamb of God

On meeting Dime
 
 

I only got to hang out w/ Dime for one night. It was summer in TX. We got HAMMERED, laughing & carrying on as if we'd been friends for years. I was blown away that my guitar hero was such a down to earth, hilarious & genuinely humble soul. A few months later he was gone. I am so grateful that our paths could cross. He is missed by so many. God bless you Dime. Your music & spirit live on in all of us that were touched by them. Cheers brutha.

 

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