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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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Dime's Lasting Legacy

Abbott's guitar-punishing riffs influenced scores of rockers, and many argue that his crunchy, bluesy riffs were more instrumental in molding today's metal sound than the work of his contemporaries in Slayer and Metallica. It was Dime's fast and precise shreds, his in-your-face approach and whammy bar abuse that roused metal's newest class. And while Dime may be gone physically, his impact and his legacy endure. As Zakk Wylde put it, "Dime will never die as long as there are kids who keep picking up guitars."

Howard Jones - frontman, Killswitch Engage: "He was just a good guy, and he created some songs and some albums that were instrumental in inspiring me and the rest of this band. Vulgar Display was an album that changed me, in a lot of ways. He was a huge part of my life, whether he knew it or not."

Wes Borland - guitarist, Limp Bizkit and Black Light Burns: "He was a big influence for me. He showed up at a Limp Bizkit show once. ... I was like, 'Oh my God,' because he was a hero to me, like he was for a lot of other people who've played any form of heavy guitar. ... He stood in front of me for like three or four songs and looked at me only, and it was really kind of flattering and bizarre and I didn't even get to see him after the show. It was crazy. It was totally intimidating, but I kind of fed off it too. I had been to so many Pantera shows, I was like, 'Let me give something back and put on a show for this guy.' "

Matt Heafy - frontman, Trivium: "When I was a freshman in high school I'd just joined Trivium and I was riding in the back of our drummer Travis [Smith's] Dodge Dynasty. ... He pops on Official Live: 101 Proof and he's like, 'You've never heard Pantera before, have you?' And I was like, 'No, but I've heard of the name.' So he blasts it, super-f---ing loud. I just remember hearing the most insane guitar riffs ever. I'd never heard anyone play the guitar like this — really screaming, insane, technical shreds, but at the same time having a lot of feel to it. The heaviest, chugging riffs — just really violent and heavy sounding. From then on, I learned so many different guitar exercises from his Guitar World columns. I first learned how to do artificial harmonics — squeal harmonics — from his column. I learned a lot about guitar from Dime."

Jordan Mancino - drummer, As I Lay Dying: "Two or three weeks before his death, we were on tour with Shadows Fall and I saw him play. I've been a Pantera fan forever, but I had never gotten the chance to see him, so this was the first time I was going to get to see him play live. Growing up, listening to them, it was quite an experience for me. Just watching him play, and the fire in his eyes that he still had for his music and his fans, how passionate he was when he was playing — you could tell he loved what he was doing. Obviously, Damageplan wasn't nearly as big as Pantera, but it didn't matter to him. He just wanted to play metal and tour. You could see it in his performance and the way he was onstage. To me, that was a very inspiring thing."

Joel Stroetzel - guitarist, Killswitch Engage: "We were at the Metal Hammer Awards in London, where Dime won the award for best guitarist and threw it into the audience. I was walking by and I see Dimebag and [Mötley Crüe's] Nikki Sixx sitting on a couch together. Dime yells over to our other guitar player, Adam [Dutkiewicz], and says, 'Hey, you. Get over here.' So we walk over and he tells Adam, 'I haven't seen someone who's as big an a--hole as you since Gene Simmons.' Then he hands Adam his bottle of Jack Daniel's. Onstage, Adam's just a nutcase — always jumping around and dancing, wearing short shorts and capes. He's a lunatic and Dime called him on it. It was pretty funny. ... I learned to play guitar from old Metallica, Megadeth, Testament and Pantera riffs. I wouldn't be playing this style of music if it weren't for him."

Dave Chavarri - drummer, Ill Niño: "That dude's guitar tone was amazing. All the bands I have played with, they're always trying to attain that guitar tone. People were always like, 'I hear he uses a Randall, and he also uses an Ibanez Tube Screamer.' It was amazing to see a guy hit the scene and his guitar tone was so incredibly brutal. Everyone tried to attain his tone, and even called engineers Pantera worked with to try and learn his secrets. It was a formula for brutality. It was like trying to learn a magician's tricks. He had his own tone and his own f---ing attitude that was just Dimebag 150 percent."

James "Munky" Shaffer - guitarist, Korn: "Dimebag's influential guitar work on Vulgar Display of Power helped bridge thrash metal to nü-metal. I will never forget the impact. ... It inspired me as a guitar player."




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