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December 19, 2004

Dimebag Darrell

To get this new series off on the right foot I have investigated the sad demise of Dimebag Darrell. How did I choose such an unlikely character for my self-education in the mores and fables of this modern world?  Looking at this page allows one to see what it is that the hoi polloi consider worth searching for and as, as you know, my task is to find out what it is that interests this class of moderns it seems like a good place to start.
In short Dimebag was a guitarist with a band called Pantera (who they are is a subject for another day) and had just gone back on the road (see how this cultish language of the rock and roll lifestyle seems to slip off the tongue so effortlessly!) with a new beat combo known as Damageplan. Sadly, while performing their music hall turn (what I believe is known as a "gig") in a colonial ville called "Columbus, Ohio" on Dec 9 this year a member of the audience decided to shoot him four times as he performed before said assailant was himself shot by the police. One could make tasteless jokes about the seriousness  with which they take musical critcism in the Mid-West but this would be wrong for there were three other entirely blamless people also killed in the incident (it is difficult to imagine that a guitar player of the "heavy metal" kind could be described as entirely blameless and the murderer was of course not).
The rest of my research has concentrated on his amusing forename, not one that I believe is common in the baptismal registers on this side of the Atlantic. Apparently his mother thought it would be interesting to name her son after a common packaging of cannabis, a ten dollar bag (slightly confusingly our colonial cousins use "dime" to refer to a ten cent piece and also to ten dollars, context being everything. Disturbing visions passed across my mind as I thought of the consequences of proffering ten cents in a dark allyway for an adequate supply of sativa...perhaps this is just a ghost memory of a scene from a moving picture or something?) which certainly shows how inflation has changed matters. Back in my day we used to ask for a groat’s worth of Mary Jane in a twist. Back then there was also a thought that the whole thing was a plot to get white teenagers to sleep with negro gentlemen and while it never actually affected me in that manner I do hope that Mr. Darrell’s christening did not affect him in that way either.
There may be some trivial details that I have got wrong in this brief foray into the modern world but I have no doubt that they will be corrected by attentive readers. I would just like to emphasise that no, the murder of four people is not funny and is not a joke. One can (and I prefer to), however, make a joke about anything and everything, for that is not the same as making a joke of something.

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Dimebag Darrell was a seriously great guitar player, an extremely tight, virtuosic and imaginative player. Pantera were musically a cut above almost every other heavy metal band.

It was all that creepy, self-loathing screaming of the singer which got too much with that band.

Posted by: Scott Campbell at Blithering Bunny | Dec 19, 2004 11:07:42 PM

I sort of lost touch with heavy metal around the time of the Machine Head album (no, not in actual chronological time, despite pretences I’m not quite that old) when it stopped being essentially an extremely loud form of the blues.

Posted by: Tim Worstallt | Dec 20, 2004 11:31:01 AM

Dimebag Darrell was not only a amazing musician, but also an amazing individual, a one of a kind character and a truly humble, kind, caring person. His attitude and love brought so many smiles to peoples faces. He would just walk into a room and brighten it up no matter how the day was going. People write comments about this and that and I'm sure most of you think heavy metal is some sort of destructive hate music that is only involved with drunken' idiots. But, thats where most people are mistaken. Darrell never let the fame get to his head. He always enjoyed the fans and the people around. I just wish everyone understood this as I do. Dimebag will live on not only through his music, but through his warm spirit. RIP DIME. We love you.

Posted by: Josh | Jan 4, 2005 5:45:19 PM

Dime is one of the greatest guitar players ever, but that is second to the man he was. He was a guy that no matter what wanted to put a smile on your face, he pulled all kinds of surprise antics on people always ending in everyone laughing about how anyone could think up such a thing. He is a HERO to me, and I'll celebrate his life till the day I die.

Posted by: John R. | Feb 2, 2005 6:48:23 AM

Darrell Lance Abbott

dimebags more of a nickname dude. pantera ripped. also the "audience member" snuck in past shamefull security.

Posted by: Fergoose | Nov 27, 2006 3:58:22 PM

I consider Dimebag as a hereo of heavy metal because he is shoot in duty, right? I remember dimebag to be a greatest heavy metal guitarist ever. Only that very passionate guy that is a fan of pantera is blaming Dimebag for the broke-up of pantera. Suck that idiot man.

Posted by: metal_sucker | Jun 22, 2007 8:12:50 AM

dude your retarded Dimbag....was his nickname his real name is Darrell Abbot....you dont know anyhtign about the subject so you should stop tlakin about it. Oh and he got shot on Dec. 8th not 9th.

Posted by: elijah | Feb 14, 2008 2:43:58 PM

dude your retarded Dimbag....was his nickname his real name is Darrell Abbot....you dont know anyhtign about the subject so you should stop tlakin about it. Oh and he got shot on Dec. 8th not 9th.

Posted by: elijah | Feb 14, 2008 2:44:03 PM

I first met Darrell in high school. He attended Arlington High School (Arlington, Texas). People talk about his nickname being "Diamond Darrell" at that time. That was a stage moniker. He was know as "Dimebag" in high school. He didn't think the people of the music world, at that time, were ready for a nickname with pot references. I partied with him several times back then (he even jammed with a "makeshift" band we threw togather at a party at my parents house in 1985. He will be missed. RIP Dime!!1

Posted by: TamuScott | Apr 3, 2008 5:41:48 PM