Thursday, December 09, 2004

"Die, Dimebag Darrell, Die!"

Holy shit. I can't say I was ever a Pantera fan, but if I wasn't, it was perhaps because they rocked too hard. So I had a grudging respect for them, or at least, I never wished for a gunman to storm onstage during a concert and murder them. Sadly, this happened to former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell last night. No word on whether this was the long-delayed revenge of the guy getting punched in the face on the Pantera album Vulgar Display of Power.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to be a huge Pantera fan in high school. I also played guitar and bought most of those boutique magazines devoted to it, like Guitar Player and Guitar World. They featured Dimebag pretty heavily, because -- well, because he was one of the most versatile guitarists on the planet. He was amazing. I had a poster of him in my room at one point.

Haven't listened to Pantera in ages, of course. Still, I was as shocked and saddened as it's possible to be towards the death of someone you respect but don't actually know personally. I tend to poke fun of celebrity deaths a lot -- but's not so funny when one of the home team kicks it.

Anyway, I don't know if the guy was an asshole or a saint or what. But he played amazing guitar and he got shot four times by a psychotic. So I join the metal and guitar-playing community in mourning Dimebag Darrell, one of the giants of the genre.

12/09/2004 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Yeah, this is shocking. And I can understand how shattered the metal community is. I remember when Owen Hart (who was also one of the very best at what he did) died, it was like a punch in the stomach for me and other wrestling fans, and this seems similar.

One guy was quoted as saying this is like losing a president, and I can understand it. Not only was Dimebag Darrell a giant in his genre, but the public nature of the crime reminds me of John Wilkes Booth murdering Lincoln in Ford's Theatre. The murder or attempted murder of a US president is almost always carried out in public, so I think that guy hit the nail on the head: Dimebag Darrell was assassinated.

12/09/2004 06:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't decide whether that's touching or preposterous.


12/09/2004 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Well of course he's not forgotten. He's gotten more press today than he has in years.

12/10/2004 05:25:00 AM  

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