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"It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life." ...


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"Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party." ...


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"He just couldn't stay at home. He wanted to be out rocking onstage for the kids that came to support him." ...


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"His guitar tone was so incredibly brutal. Everyone tried to attain his tone. ... It was a formula for brutality." ...






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Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."

Dave Chavarri - drummer, Ill Niño: "His aura, his vibe — it was amazing. He had this cool, serene party attitude where he wanted to have a good time with his friends, and he was just a very loving guy. His whole attitude about just hanging out with new people, he was always polite and accepting of fans. Always signed sh-- for fans, no problem. He was a cool dude."

Top Five Dimebag Riffs

While Pantera's entire catalog is rife with femur-snapping, take-no-prisoners licks, here are five that Dimebag's peers deem his best:

  • The breakdown riff at 1:09 in "Strength Beyond Strength" from 1994's Far Beyond Driven. "The song has great flow to it, but as soon that break sets in, it's enough to make you want to rip someone's face off," Unearth's Ken Susi said.

  • The main verse riff at 0:24 of "Mouth for War" from 1992's Vulgar Display of Power. "It's just a weird off-time riff, and the first time I heard it, my jaw dropped to the floor," remembered Robert Flynn of Machine Head.

  • The intro riff of "Cowboys From Hell" from 1990's Cowboys From Hell. "When you hear that riff, you know its Dime," said DevilDriver's Dez Fanfara. "It's an amazing riff, and everybody tries to re-create that tone."

  • The breakdown riff at 3:51 in "Domination" from Cowboys From Hell. "That one made me like stagedive over the back seat in someone's car," Brian Fair of Shadows Fall recalled.

  • The opening riff of "Walk" from Vulgar Display of Power. "It's so ballistic heavy, [but] it had groove to it — it wasn't heavy for the sake of being heavy," Zakk Wylde said.
Robert Flynn - frontman, Machine Head: "We toured with Pantera and we'd played in Kalamazoo. It's the night before Detroit, which is the biggest show on the tour — sold-out gig in a 12,000-seater — and Dime decides that he's going to get wasted. He's running around backstage, and he's carrying two gallons of Seagram's 7. I didn't want to get all f---ed up for this show, so I hid on our bus. I wake up at 5:30 in the morning to go to the bathroom and I glance out the window: Dime's still awake. He's stripped down to his boxers and his shoes and he's got Rayna [Foss] of Coal Chamber with him. He's standing on this car, doing back-flips onto the car's roof. He keeps doing this over and over and over, and I just watched him for like 10 minutes. The next day, I wake up and ... find out he never went to bed. So I figured Pantera's set was going to be a catastrophe that night. We all went up to watch Coal Chamber's set and Darrell's on the side of the stage. I see him grab my guitar, and he starts air-guitaring with Coal Chamber during one of their songs. They're nervously laughing and don't know what to do. I thought it was all pretty cool until he smashed my guitar down on the stage; he shattered the neck. So after our set, we watched Pantera, and we're thinking the whole time it's going to be a train wreck. I mean, Dime couldn't even talk backstage. But he went out there, in front of 12,000 people, and played a flawless set. He just wasn't human, man. The next morning, I walked up to him, and I'm like, 'You remember what you did to my guitar last night?' 'Refresh my memory, dude.' 'You broke my neck in half.' He's like, 'I'll take care of you, man.' His tour manager comes out, gives me two times what it will cost me to repair the neck. A week later, we're onstage in Chicago and he'd just gotten his endorsement with Washburn. He comes out onstage and brings both Logan [Mader] and I brand-new, top-of-the-line Dimebag 333 Dimebolt signature series guitars, worth $2,500 each. He whispers into my ear, 'Sorry 'bout the neck.' I was blown away."

What Could Have Been

While Dimebag's fans will never again hear a fresh batch of punishing thrash riffs or brutal headbanging licks from the billy-goat-bearded guitar titan, a dozen tracks from Rebel Meets Rebel — a countrified metal-rock hybrid consisting of Dime; his brother and lifelong musical compatriot, drummer Vinnie Paul; Pantera bassist Rex Brown; and country singer David Allan Coe — will hit stores in 2006 through Paul's Big Vin Records. Two months ago, a 24-second guitar lead (assembled from outtakes left over from the Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven sessions) showed up on Nickelback's All the Right Reasons as the intro to the Dime-inspired track "Side of a Bullet." But beyond that, just how much posthumous material is out there, and whether any of it will ever see the light of day, remains something of a mystery.

Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu - bassist, Korn: "I went to their house and it was right before he passed away, actually. And we threw a jam with him and Vinnie in their little jam room in Vinnie's house, and we threw a big redneck barbecue. We jammed for like five hours. It was a bunch of cool riffs, but I don't know if they recorded it. They had boards there, so they must have."

Kerry King - frontman, Slayer: "One thing we were going to do — me and Dime and I think Vince was going to play drums — we were going to do this tune together. They were going in to record the Damageplan record, and I said, 'Dime, there's a song we need to do. I've always dug this song, and it always makes me think of you. I think we need to do it.' It was 'Snortin' Whiskey, Drinkin' Cocaine' by Pat Travers. We were all geared up to do it. He's like, 'Well, you know, they're busting my balls for press for the new record.' And I said, 'Well, what are we rushing for, dude? We've got all the time in the world.' And then something like that happens, and the harsh reality is, we could have done it then. It probably wouldn't have been as good as it could have been, but at least it would have been done, 'cause now it'll never get done. Maybe me and Zakk will do it and dedicate it to Dime."

Mark Hunter - frontman, Chimaira: "When we were recording 2003's The Impossibility of Reason, our producer was Damageplan's manager, and Dime told him to tell us to send him some tracks because he wanted to do lead over them. Unfortunately, we declined, and now we're kicking ourselves in the ass. We didn't want any guests and we wanted to establish ourselves as a young band and make our mark."


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