C O L U M N S
Show: MTV2' Headbanger's Ball
Special: Tribute to Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004)
Host: Dave Mustaine
Time: 1 hour
Sitting in all black in an all black set with a touch of red (I'm reminded of Dimebag's
beard), Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, starts the show with usual hardcore host, Jamey
Jasta on the phone talking about the incident.
Dave goes into a story about calling Dimebag for getting into Megadeth with DD saying that
if he comes, his brother Vinny Paul would have to come as well. It's a fairly touching
story highlighting the strength of the brothers and DD's devotion in the face of
News reports are shown from 12.9.04 with some man-on-the-street interviews with the club
patrons and Pantera/Damageplan fans.
Video: Pantera "Cowboys From Hell"
Dave starts another story about when he was asked about his influences and a dig he threw
at Pantera. He noted that it was all water under the bridge at this point.
Ozzy Quote is shown.
Video: Damageplan "Breathing New Life"
Quotes are shown on screen from Zakk Wylde, Scott Ian and Vinny
Another story from Dave about when the boys all toured together and DD got a tattoo that
said "Black Tooth Grin" which came from a line in the Megadeth song
"Sweating Bullets": 'Some day you too will know my pain/And smile its
A short piece is shown on DD's history in Pantera and the forming of Damageplan.
Video: Pantera "Walk"
Same quotes from before are repeated.
Scott Ian is on the phone giving his thoughts on playing concerts now and sending out some
kind words to the families.
Video: Damageplan "Explode"
Quotes repeated with fan quote.
Dave finishes with a commentary about how metalheads are usually seen as hateful, but
there's plenty of love in the metal community and even though the songs are full of
aggression and anger that we can all enjoy the music without the crazy actions.
Video: Pantera "Cemetary Gates" with the humbling last image of a gravesite.
End of Show.
Overall there wasn't a lot of time spent on the details of the shooting and it probably
would've been nice to see more about the other victims. The focus on Darrell and even
though it could've taken up the entire HB2 timeslot, it was nice of them to put the
special together so soon.
Nirvana may be widely concidered the commercial kill to the hair decade, but us
headbangers know that Pantera was the real demolition crew that moved metal into the next
By 1991, Metallica had become a bloated, commercial giant and a savior was needed on the
American metal scene. Pantera was this band. 1990's 'Cowboys From Hell' still had some of
the stylings of the 80's, but in early 1992, the next CD 'Vulgar Display of Power' had a
power groove that was as heavy in atmosphere as anything to date. Their devastating sound
would be highly influential for the next half-dozen years. EVERYBODY started doing the
chuncky, stomp riffs in those records. It was a big part of the Nu Metal sound and it is
still a major part of the current New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene.
The man behind those brutal guitar riffs was Dimebag Darrell. Formerly known as 'Diamond
Darrell' (real name Darrell Abbott), the band shed their prior image for a street attitude
that was soaked in power, anger, aggression and alcohol. 80's guitar playing was widely
influenced by melodic master shredders like Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Ynwie Malmsteen
and Kirk Hammett, but after 10 years a new style was needed. Darrell's tense, forceful
riffs, along with contemporary Zakk Wylde, would propel hard-edged playing back to the
Eventually, Pantera would fracture and Darrell was into the touring of his new band
Damageplan when the shooting happened.
The March 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine, whom he wrote for, includes a list of the
100 greatest heavy metal guitarists as selected by the magazine's staff with Darrell at
#7. On the cover he was sitting on a throne with the words "King Darrell" around
him. The story behind the picture is that he wouldn't sit in it until the photographer did
first. A lot of words have been said about Dimebag, and a while back on our on message
board we asked opinions of what people really thought Dimebag was like behind the media
image. The best answer was probably given by member Neekoy who simply wrote: "Fucking
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