Loudwire Remembering Dimebag Darrell series: Slash praises Dime’s ‘phenomenal’ guitar skills.

Originally posted on Loudwire here: http://loudwire.com/remembering-dimebag-darrell-slash/

Dec. 8, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Pantera / Damageplan guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott‘s tragic death. In remembrance of the guitar phenom, we’ve spoken to rock and metal’s greatest musicians to gather stories and testimonies of admiration towards the immortal shredder.

First off, we’ve got the one-and-only Slash. In this clip, the top-hatted guitarist talks chilling with Dime and other musicians at the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Fla. Slash also puts a huge emphasis on what “a phenomenal guitar player” the cowboy from hell truly was. “He had a great tone and a great original style and wrote very unique riffs … He was one of the best new guitar players that came out over a long period of time,” Slash declares.

Watch Slash remember ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott in the clip above and stay tuned for lots more tribute videos between now and Dec. 8.

Guitar Magazine ranks Pantera’s “A New Level” as having the 5th greatest wah solo of all time.

The full list is here: http://www.guitarworld.com/pedal-metal-25-greatest-wah-solos-all-time?page=0,0

05. “A New Level” — Pantera (Vulgar Display of Power, 1992)
Soloist: Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell is among those guitarists that utilized the wah pedal more subtly, using it as a tone control in most cases. This isn’t one of those cases. Darrell’s use of the wah on his “A New Level” solo is as surgically precise as one comes to expect from the master craftsman, lending an all new connotation to the phrase, “on a Dime.”

TMZ plays video of Vinnie reaching out to Wyatt! New ddrum starter kit on the way!

The video says it all!

Click here to see the original story on tmz.com.

Click here to see Wyatt on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Click here to see the original video.

To those who are new to Pantera and are just dropping by out of curiosity, the name of the song Wyatt is drumming to is “5 Minutes Alone”. It can be sampled/picked up on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/5minit or Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/5minaz…. and for extensive information on the song and the album it’s on, check out the Far Beyond Driven discography page here: http://pantera.com/farbeyonddriven/


Wyatt appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to prove he can deliver the goods live.

Wyatt’s metoric rise to internet fame led him to Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. Here is his cute and crushing appeance as he accepted the “Can they do it live?” challenge.

To those who are new to Pantera and are just dropping by out of curiosity, the name of the song Wyatt is drumming to is “5 Minutes Alone”. It can be sampled/picked up on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/5minit or Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/5minaz…. and for extensive information on the song and the album it’s on, check out the Far Beyond Driven discography page here: http://pantera.com/farbeyonddriven/


GWAR goes “AV Undercover” and covers the Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls” in tribute to Dave Brockie, Dimebag, Jeff Hanneman and others.

Originally from the AV Club website here.

The mighty scumdogs of GWAR have terrified A.V. Undercover with their presence twice before—first in the tiny round room with the definitive version of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son,” then in our newer space with a sideways glance at Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” As everyone who follows evil rock from space knows, there was a great disturbance in the GWAR universe earlier this year: Either longtime leader Oderus Urungus disappeared into space, or his earthly analog, Dave Brockie, died. (Or some combination of the two.) Whatever the case, GWAR has decided to soldier on without him, adding two players to fill the void: New singer Blóthar is a Berserker who has appeared from the distant past (he may also have been a GWAR bassist in the early years), and Vulvatron is a “cybernetic female assassin” from the future. The band—which is in the midst of its GWAR Eternal Tour (dates below)—decided to tackle Pet Shop Boys’ 1984 hit “West End Girls” here, but they didn’t just leave it at that. Stick around as the song transitions into a version of Jim Carroll’s classic “People Who Died,” with the lyrics changed to salute friends of the GWAR family who’ve passed—including Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and, of course, Brockie/Urungus. Those are printed in full below: You might want to watch the song before reading them. It might the only GWAR performance to make you cry because you’re sad instead of scared.

“People Who Died” (GWAR version)

Robin slashed his wrist and then he hung from a rope.
Peter’s heart gave out after he’d kicked dope.
Jeff, bit by a spider, died of toxic shock.
Ryan drove his car right into a rock.
Cancer brought down Castleman.
Damn it, David. I miss you, man!

Those are people who died, died. (X4)
They were all my friend and they died.

Sean was beat to death by the Boston PD.
Drunk in his cell, no more Death Piggy.
Dimebag was shot by a lunatic fan.
Mike Scaccia died with a guitar in his hand.
Those were three more friends of mine.
Three more friends that died.

Crazy White Sean, how crazy could it get,
That he choked in a chat on the internet.
Cory died in his bunk at a border crossing,
The gap in his teeth still in need of a flossing.
Cory, I miss you my brother.
You left little Cory without a father.

Dave died alone in his chair in his room.
He had just turned 50, it was way too soon.
Oderus’ boat went up in flames,
Now all of Vallhalla chants his name!
Oderus, I miss you more than all the others.
I salute you my brother!

Oderus died, died. (X4)
He was all of our friend and he died.

Vote for your favorite guitar solo on Cowboys From Hell!

Just for fun and to spark conversation with each other, vote for your favorite guitar solos from Cowboys From Hell, and talk about your votes! You can vote 3 times… so if you really, really like a particular solo, go ahead and vote for it three times. If you can’t decide, you have those three votes to spread around. The poll will close November 1 so come back to see the results from other fans.


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Loudwire voted Vulgar Display of Power the #1 album of the 1990’s! Check out the rest of the list here

Originally from Loudwire.com here.

The ’90s were a challenging decade for metal. The enormous growth of the genre in the ’80s certainly carried over at the start of the decade, with powerhouse classics from the Big 4 of thrash kicking things off at a steady clip. But what followed was the wholesale retreat of metal from the mainstream as alternative rock, grunge and bands like Nirvana challenged for cultural supremacy. Suddenly, the sullen and relatively sloppy Seattle sound was in, metal’s virtuosic grandstanding out. But metal never dies, and by the middle of the ’90s new mutations were sprouting up; the most visible, a rap-metal hybrid called nü-metal. Here, we turn it up to 11 with our list of the Top 11 Metal Albums of the 1990s:

‘Roots,’ (1996)
Sepultura have been all over the map, jumping from death metal and thrash metal to nü-metal and industrial with ease. ‘Roots’ found the Brazilian band experimenting with native rhythms from their homeland and bringing in guests like Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Faith No More’s Mike Patton to further mix things up. The result is considered one of the their most diverse albums ever, a disc forged in metal traditions but with a determined modernist slant.

‘Follow the Leader’ (1998)
The second half of the ’90s was all about nü-metal, and Korn were the definitive nü-metal band. The genre — a stylized blend of metal guitars, down-tuned grunge edginess and hip-hop vocals — first emerged on Korn’s self-titled 1994 debut, but it was ‘Follow the Leader’ that brought it to the mainstream, peaking at No. 1 on Billboard and moving more than 14 million copies along the way. Singles ‘Got the Life’ and ‘Freak on a Leash’ were crossover hits and MTV mainstays.

‘Blind’ (1991)
Corrosion of Conformity
Corrosion of Conformity became cult heroes in the ’80s for combining heavy metal with hard-core punk, then disappeared on an unannounced hiatus that only bolstered their mystique. When they returned with a revamped lineup and ‘Blind’ several years later, a more mainstream metal sound awaited their minions — and was met with an ever-expanding audience. The politically charged ‘Vote With a Bullet’ is the quintet’s quintessential cut.

‘Dirt’ (1992)
Alice in Chains
In the battle between metal and grunge, Alice in Chains are a rare band that is embraced by fans of both genres. The most metal of the Seattle bands, they were marketed as metal for 1990’s ‘Facelift,’ then touted as grunge for 1992’s ‘Dirt.’ The bandmembers themselves didn’t bother much with labels, they just churned out some of the finest alt-metal with classics like ‘Would,’ ‘Rooster’ and ‘Them Bones’ leading their charge all the way to the headlining spot on Lollapalooza ’95.

‘Persistence of Time’ (1990)
Anthrax’s playful side was put to sleep on ‘Persistence,’ a relentlessly lean and disturbing examination of societal ills like sexual abuse and racism that comes to a rather hippie-ish conclusion: give peace a chance. It’s also the last album to feature Joey Belladonna on vocals until this year’s ‘Worship Music,’ and he makes the best of it, firing away with an energy not heard since ‘Spreading the Disease.’

‘Painkiller’ (1990)
Judas Priest
The gold-certified ‘Painkiller’ found Priest at a crossroads: it was the first album with current drummer Scott Travis, and the last with Rob Halford before he jumped ship to create Fight. It’s also one of the all-time greatest comebacks in metal. After years of treading water, Priest hired veteran producer Chris Tsangarides and returned with a ferocious, dark and disturbing effort highlighted by the brutal guitar assault of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing.

‘Aenima’ (1996)
It’s hard to categorize Tool, a group that arrived with the alternative gold rush of the mid-’90s, yet didn’t subscribe to the genre’s major tenants. Led by enigmatic frontman Maynard James Keenan, Tool play more of a relentless prog-metal groove — the groove part being their tendency to drag out songs into sweeping passages of sonic exploration. But ‘Aenima’ is about more than jamming, no matter how many comparisons to King Crimson it gets.

‘Rust in Peace’ (1990)
Metallica clearly won the Big 4 thrash war, but Megadeth emerged from the battle as a top contender, and ‘Rust in Peace’ shows why: the band’s immense technical talent shines through, with rhythmic precision and six-string virtuosity augmented by some of the band’s strongest songwriting to date. The addition of lead guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza certainly doesn’t hurt. For a taste, check out the Eastern-tinged ‘Hangar 18,’ a clear album – and career – highlight.

‘Metallica’ (1991)
This mega-selling album also marked the end of an era, as it hit stores just one month before Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ signaled the arrival of the alternative nation. The Black Album found Metallica distilling their sprawling, epic metal machinations into radio-ready nuggets, and the massive success of singles like ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘Sad but True’ and ‘The Unforgiven’ made Metallica international superstars — much to the chagrin of hard-core metalheads everywhere.

‘Seasons in the Abyss’ (1990)
Slayer took a detour into down-tempo metal territory on 1988’s ‘South of Heaven,’ but returned with a vengeance on 1990’s ‘Seasons in the Abyss.’ But this album isn’t just about bringing back the full-tilt jackhammer thrash; it also offers a crisper, cleaner side of Slayer, with ‘War Ensemble’ and the title track leading the way among a bevy of metal masterpieces.

‘Vulgar Display of Power’ (1992)
Now here’s an album that truly lives up to its name. Brutal, raw, intense, terrifying, hostile — we could go on and on. There’s even a song called ‘F—ing Hostile,’ that’s how badass this disc is. Considered one of the defining albums of the groove-metal genre, ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ is also a defining moment for Pantera itself, thanks in no small part to the unrelenting fretwork of the late, great Dimebag Darrell.

What’s Your Favorite Metal Album of the 1990s?

Mother nature gives back what it took… Dime’s guitar!

Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Katrina is the seventh most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Total property damage was estimated at $108 billion (2005 USD).

It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach. (Source: wikipedia)

Among the casinos hit was the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi which was scheduled to open about a week after Katrina hit. Needless to say, that opening was delayed. Here is a picture of the casino after the hurricane. Countless pieces of property had been washed out into the Gulf Of Mexico. Some things were recovered, many were not. This was the only guitar recovered from the hurricane… The story is it washed right back up to the hotel 3 weeks later!! It’s now on the wall of the rebuilt Hard Rock hotel and casino in Biloxi. Getcha pull!


Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Pays Tribute to Dimebag Darrell

Taken from revolvermag.com here.

Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell was undeniably one of metal’s greatest guitarists and biggest personalities. Here, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford talks candidly about meeting Dimebag, working with him, and how he took the news when he heard about the guitarist’s death. A portion of the interview ran in Revolver’s 2013 “Fallen Heroes” issue.

REVOLVER When did you first meet Dimebag Darrell?
ROB HALFORD Priest was in Canada rehearsing for the Painkiller tour. I was doing an interview from the hotel room and I turned the telly on to [Canadian music-video channel] Much Music. The sound was turned off, and I saw this guy and he’s got a British Steel T-shirt on. So I quickly finished the interview, and I turned the volume up and he’s just talking about his band, Pantera, and Cowboys From Hell. And just watching him and listening to him on the television, you just felt like, This is a great guy. Firstly, I saw a clip of the band. I was like, My God, this guitar player is fucking phenomenal, besides the rest of the band. And then just hearing him talk I thought, I really would like to meet this guy. So I called up Much Music and I said, “Was that Darrell? Is he still there?” It wasn’t Dimebag in those days, it was Diamond Darrell. They said, “Yeah, he still is” And he was like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe it, I’m wearing a Priest shirt.” And I said, “Yeah, I’ve just seen you on the Much Music.” He said, “Oh man, I’d love to see you. We got a show tonight at the club in Toronto.” I’m pretty much sure that it was Pantera and Stryper. So I went down there, and we had a great time together, and we just talked about metal, this, that, and the other. I think jammed “Metal Gods” with them. It’s a bit blurry, it should be more significant than this, but this is 1991. I was clean and sober then, but you know how things get jumbled up in your brain. So that was the start of that.

And I told [Judas Priest guitarists] Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing specifically after that, “I’ve seen this band. They’re absolutely fucking amazing and they are going to be huge. They are going to be huge!” And I said, “We should try to get him on the tour.” So, to cut a long story short, we brought them with us on the Priest Painkiller tour of Europe and nobody had a clue who they were. They had no distribution as far as I understood in Europe. So they went out blind, in front of Germans and French and whatever. I used to watch every show, and the first reaction fans gave them was, Who the hell is this? And it was like, Oh my fucking God, what’s going on in front of my eyes? They would just win an audience over in 30, 40 minutes. From playing fresh, new music that nobody had heard before. The communication was instant with that band. So there it was. So by the time we’d done the European tour, and they went back to the States, Cowboys was shooting up the charts. And that was it, they were off and running. They were just launched into the stratosphere on that first release.

You mentioned his British Steel shirt. He used to wear a razorblade necklace in honor of your album. Did he ever tell you about that?
Yeah, and he had it tattooed on his leg as well. He loved that record. It meant everything to him. It was one that he said was very inspiring to him as a guitar player and as a musician in general. That’s great, isn’t it?

Shortly after you toured with them, you worked with him on the song “Light Comes Out of Black,” for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack. How did that come together?
I was away from Priest. Sony were working on the soundtrack. They wanted Sony artists and asked me to write a song. I hadn’t written as a solo writer for years and years and years. But it’s one of those things where you don’t know what you can do until you put your nose to the grindstone. So I wrote “Light Comes Out of Black,” and I was stuck. And I got Dime’s number, and I called him up and I said, “Here’s the deal.” And he goes, “Let’s do it. Just get in the plane and come down to Dallas.” So that’s what I did the next day, went to the studio, laid the track down in a very short space of time. Phil wandered by, said “Oh, how’s it going, ‘metal god’?” So I told him and he said, “You got a spot for me?” I said, “Pfft, here’s the mic.” So Phil joins me on the back end of the song. And it turned out really god. It’s amazing to think that that’s a Pantera song really. It is Pantera with me on lead vocals, and Phil obviously doing the outro sections. But it’s a Pantera song really.

Did you play guitar on a demo and send it to him originally?
Yeah, I put my very primitive…I just don’t have the mental capacity to do what guitar players do.

What was exceptional about working with Dime?
His interpretation of the song. His phrasing, the feel was unique. Let’s face it. You look at rock and roll. You’ve got Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, you’ve got Eddie Van Halen. I’m just going through a list off the top of my head, you obviously got Dimebag. Obviously, Glenn [Tipton, Priest guitarist], [Iron Maiden’s] Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, all of these significant lead heavy-metal, hard-rock guitar players. And Dimebag…I’m mentioning them now because they’re very influential. All of those guitar players have been very influential to not only music but specifically to other guitar players around the world. And there’s no doubt that Dimebag’s impression was just monumental. If you took Dimebag out of the equation, metal would sound totally different right now, without a doubt it would, definitely.

What was the last time you talked to Dime?

I’m pretty certain it was Aladdin in Las Vegas on the Halford Resurrection tour with Iron Maiden. It might have happened maybe once, twice after that.

Where were you when you heard Dime had died?
I was in my house in Phoenix. I think somebody texted me or somebody called me, and my legs went from underneath me. 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. All of these things are going on in your head. And obviously, Pat [Lachman] was singing for Damageplan at the time. I wanted to call Pat. Do you call, do you not call? What the fuck’s going on? Just a bazillion things are going around your head at the same time. But it was just terrible. It’s just seems inconceivable. I don’t think, now, that’s never happened to anybody else, has it? 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 fucking 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.

The Dime Roots ML Guitar!

Have you heard about the Dime Roots ML Guitar? The import version is available now. Go here: http://smarturl.it/deanroots & use code DIMEFAN (case sensitive) to get 15% off any Dean purchase.

Check out this video about how the Roots ML came to be:

A big Happy Birthday goes out to dUg PINNICK of King’s X! Check out this tune he did with Dime.

From dUg: It was late December, just before Christmas, I was driving from Houston to Chicago to visit family for the Holiday. On the way I stopped in Dallas to hang at Dime’s annual Christmas Eve Party. I think It was 96′? sometime during the night Dime asked me to sing on this tune he had tracked on his 4 track, we always talked about doing a project together. I miss him.

Happy Birthday Dime!

A big happy birthday today to the one and only Dimebag Darrell! In celebration of his birthday, we would like to announce the launch of a new official website in tribute to him: http://dimebagdarrell.com/ We will be adding loads of new content and we are counting on you his fans to contribute! If you have any pics of your Dime tattoo, playing your Dime guitar, pics of you with Dime, or anything else you don’t think we’ve seen yet, please send it to webmaster (at) dimebagdarrell.com or post it on the official Dimebag Darrell Facebook page (click here) so we can start working onto the new site. Thanks and once again, happy 48th birthday Dime!

Details and ticket links for Ride For Dime Dallas! It’s just a week away!

Buy Tix here: https://www.stubwire.com/c/1383/ridefordime/

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Clearing up the issue of Dime, Dean, and Washburn.

There seems to be lots of confusion out there about Dime, Dean & Washburn. Dean was Dime’s first love. Dean stopped making guitars in the early 90’s. So, that’s when Dime went to Washburn. Dean Guitars was revived in the late 90’s. Once Dime had fulfilled his contractual obligation to Washburn, he made the move back to Dean. Sadly, it was only weeks before his death that his deal with Dean was signed. Check out this video of Dime talking about lifelong love of Dean Guitars.

Vinnie Paul Reflects on Dimebag Darrell’s Final Days, Says He’s ‘Found Peace’

While speaking with Fozzy singer/wrestling legend Chris Jericho on his podcast, ‘Talk is Jericho,’ Vinnie Paul opened up about his current feelings on Dime’s death nearly 10 years later.

Listen to the podcast below. Vinnie comes in at about 18 min 40 sec: