Phil Anselmo Pens a Touching Tribute to His Former Bandmate Dimebag Darell
The former vocalist of Pantera Philip Anselmo penned a touching tribute to his former bandmate and guitarist Dimebag Darrell who died 15 years ago yesterday. The tribute was published in Rolling Stone Magazine. Remembering Dimebag as a “warrior,” Anselmo reveals that he’s “yet to come to terms” with the guitarist’s 2004 death.
Dimebag, was murdered onstage on December 8, 2004 duringa performance by his post-Pantera outfit Damageplan. He was just 38 years old. The shooting at a Columbus, Ohio nightclub also took the lives of three others. Playing with Damageplan at the time of his death was his brother and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who survived but passed away a few years ago due to heart failure. Following the murder Vinnie Paul would sue the Alrosa Nightclub where the shooting would take place and it would be settled out of court.
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Anselmo reflected on the good times he had with Dimebag saying
“The way he went out, using the word ‘murder’ is always a stark, cold, hideous thing, None of this stuff gets easier for me. It actually keeps getting tougher and tougher.”
He continued by saying”I don’t see the sense. I don’t see the everything-happens-for-a-reason attitude. This year is the toughest yet. But when I think about Dimebag, 99 percent of the time, it’s always the hilarious great times, and then one percent of the time it’s regrettable times, on my part. I think of Dime every day of my life.”
Later on in the tribute he recalled Pantera’s early days when Dimebag went by a different stage name. As you guys maybe aware Pantera was a glam metal band before they found their style they became known for. Anselmo would say.
“When I joined the band, he was going by ‘Diamond Darrell,'” . “I was always in the process of morphing the band into what we eventually did become, by controlling the cassette deck and turning them guys onto early Mercyful Fate, Slayer and stuff like that. After a while, I was like, ‘This ‘Diamond’ stuff ain’t gonna cut it anymore. Brother, you ought to change that stuff to ‘Dimebag,” and the look on his face was priceless, ’cause I could tell he loved it right off the bat.”
Read Anselmo’s full Rolling Stone tribute to Dimebag here.