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WWDD - What Would Dimebag Do?
Various forms of acknowledgment have gone on since that fateful day it was reported that "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was gunned down during a Damageplan concert on December 8--hundreds of metal brothers and sisters came out with stories that were earnest and heartfelt: MTV2 and FUSE TV aired special episodes of Headbanger's Ball and Uranium, organizers from all over the world set up memorial benefit concerts to raise money for everybody killed and various websites have written pieces expressing grief and anger over the incident and how it affected the metal world in general. It's been a little over month and you can do a search and find fans who have gotten tribute tattoos that are posted online.
What the vast majority did was express a heartfelt connection to a man that touched them personally and through his music.
I can't say that I felt exactly what I wanted to write about Dimebag after it happened. I didn't know him personally; never met him and had an anecdotal story to share. One thing that seemed to ring through all the tales was that he was a nice guy who would do about anything for even a casual acquaintance. People were talking about him in reverent words--like a god...a guitar god.
Somehow my stream of consciousness led me to those "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do?) bracelets which serve as a close reminder for Christians to think of their Saviors thoughts when they feel indecisiveness to just think to themselves--What would Jesus Do? Not comparing the two individuals on any humanistic or historic scale, I started thinking--WWDD: "What Would Dimebag Do?" The letters looked nice and balanced together--WWDD--and I thought it would be hella awesome to have a black or brown leather snap bracelet with those letters stamped into it.
And I started to play out some questioning, not with a flippant attitude, mind you, but with respectful, smiling veneration:
What if I was down to my last brew and my pal was reaching for it at the same time?
WWDD--Say "Hey, buddy, it's all you", give him the beer, and go do a shot.
Do I give up on learning this guitar riff because my fingers hurt?
WWDD--crank those amps up and play till your fingers bleed, mother fucker!
I don't know how true any of it would be, but why knock a nice thought, y'know? Not being a leather crafter, I couldn't just make one (maybe?), so my other half came up with a simple solution--take a pen or marker and write 'WWDD' on your wrist lengthwise just below your thumb where your pulse is. Its placement is easy to see and the gesture is personal enough not to be overtly sentimental. Try it out as a pleasant reminder between yourself and your headbanging buddies as a sign that only you all know about. Maybe it could be something for fans to do each December 8th for remembrance. If somebody wants to know what it's for or gives you any hassle over it; smile a black-toothed grin, flip the devil horned salute and say:
"It's for a brother."
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott 8/20/66 - 12/08/04 RIP
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