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A Few Dimebag Questions
on Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:24 pm
Hey everyone, could anyone help me out.
What kind of Pickups did Dime mostly use? his sound is so god damn piercing and excellent. I know alot of it's amp and obviously, Dime's fingers, but just curious.
Which brings me to another question, anyone know his rig for the older Pantera stuff?
My other question is; At the end of Cemetary Gates, How does Dime do those huge Harmonics? I know about harmonics already but...frippin hell, how does he get all those? did he use any pedals at all for them?
He's the frippin MAN
*WANTED* One good photo of Dime's face, CFH FBD era.
I'm looking for one good, detailed photo of Dime. I'm in the process of doing a painting of him, but I haven't found the right photo yet. I've been watching the home video's but they move too fast and they used mostly camcorders back then, so the detail is not there. If anyone can link me to some good photo's of Dime, or post some in this thread, I would appreciate it. I thought about doing the one of him with the Warhead hat on, but everyone has seen that one.....help me pick a good picture of Dime so I can paint it....thanks guys....
Just thought I'd post something here that actually belongs here. What are you're guys' favorite Dime solos?
My 2 favorite ones are The Sleep, and Floods.
How about you guys?
My new Dean on stage last night
Finally got to perform with it and it played like a dream. I did some nice dime squeals during my solo. It was great. I sported a fake CFH tattoo and DIME on my knuckles. Got dressed up all black metal style and had a good time
thought i would post this backup for those who didnt get it the 1st time enjoy
As much as I hate to ask...
Anyone have some videos of Dime? I'm supposed to be doing a video package of my digital editing class and I can't seem to get past these below 70 IQ type filters... I couldn't think of anything else to do it on, so I figured Dime would be an easy one. But I was wrong. Need video for a package
Dime,Vinnie& David Allan Coe
Anybody heard when they are going to release "Outlaw Meets Outlaw"?I saw a little blurb about it on Blabbermouth a few months ago and haven't heard anything since.
does anyone wanna buy a FBD guitar with case?
im selling my FBD guitar with case for $700-shipping included, the guitar is well takin care of! no scratches or dents. send me a pm if interested. thanks
Dimebag Pics - Off the Web or Your Own
Just thought I'd add another topic in the Dimebag tribute section that actually belong here. Let's see some Dime pics that you think people may have not seen before or that you would like to share. Thanks Bros!
Do any of you guys have the L500XL in your Deans. I'm thinking of putting one in my mlf and just wanted to know how you all like them. I would put the dimebucker in but if they are just copies of the L500XL I'll just go with it. Plus it's a little cheaper.
does anybody have any new info on this? i read the article about vinnie sayin that its gonna come out around christmas time, but i havent heard of anything new yet. sorry if this was posted somewhere, but im just gettin ansy! lol....
For the David Allan Coe Fans...
He will be on CMT's "Rebels" concert tonight.
My X2 stack, finally complete (pics)
I finally found the cabinet I have been looking for. Warhead 4x12 Cabinet, in black. Brand new. Now I finally have the full stack. I havent been this happy in a while. It took about 3 hours of phone calls on this side or the hemisphere but it paid off. Special thanks to Nate at Music Maniac. I cant wait for it to get here.
On the back of the headstock of Dime's Dime-o-flauge there is an Ace of Spades with the letters BSM on top of it.Anyone know what this stands for?The initials of the buddy of Dime's that painted it?
a shot, want to trade a warhead 4X12 for a washtrendkill?
Considering trading my trendkill, all original in great shape, this is the early one with the fully camo back and alien dime skull, black hardware, non distressed trendkill logo, and black hardware with the feiten system. Been looking for a while for the cab and if one came up I would probably trade straight up, just feeling it out. I figured more dime collectors, and fans would see this here than in the trading post hope thats ok. Chris
hey guys...I'm looking for a dime tribute shirt or sweater....my problem is that i can't find one thats not black...I have lond dreads and well honestly black shirts show off my dandruff....anyway i found a couple white ones...but they are just cheap junk on ebay made by people trying to cop lott from dimes death......can anyone help? I'm looking for something grey preferably but anything besides black would be cool.
I recently came across this web forum while looking for CFH logo's. I'm glad to see there are alot more "Dimabag" fans than I could ever imagine.
A friend of mine introduced me to "Pantera: Far Beyond Driven" when I was 12. I've been listening to Pantera ever since. I'm 22 now, and I have to say, "Dimebag" has been my greatest playing inspiration.
My biggest regret, is that I will never get to meet him and tell him how much he inspired me as a guitar player. There's alot I would like to say to him and ask him, but I will never get that chance.
I was really upset when I found out some "Pyschopathic Loser" who's life didn't amount to anything, jump's on stage and opened fire on "Dimebag" while he was doing what he truely loved. That was wrong in so many ways. "Dimebag" never saw it coming, he didn't have a chance.
I will never accept what happened to my hero. I'm sure alot of you feel the same way. I mean how can something so unjust be acceptable?
I refer To "Dimebag" in quotation's for a reason. He was more than just a guitarist who could out shred anyone alive, on any guitar you handed him. In my own personal view's, I have nominated him "King Dimebag".
We will always remember him for his extraordinary playing abilities, and good willed nature as a person and friend. Although I never had the chance to meet "King Dimebag", I will miss him very much.
Who know's, maybe "King Dimebag" and "Jimi Hendrix" are ripping it up together. Now that would make one great show.
And with that said, "R.I.P King Dimebag", We Love You Man!!!!!!!!!!
%$#@! you by damageplan
on Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:23 pm
can any1 do a tab for this on guitar because i really want to play it but carnt find a tab.
I saw the CFH music video yesterday and noticed that Dimes cfh guitar didnt have a zebra Duncan '59 neck pickup. It looked like it was a bill lawrence L500.
Did Dime use the B L pups in the neck position in the beginning and then realized that a duncan '59 was better.
I prefer the B L L-500R in the neck instead of duncan '59
Dean Z with Dimebag tribute chopper at BLS show with photos
Here's a few pics from tonight at the BLS show in MIlwaukee. The bike was built by www.ballisticycles.com
A beautiful tribute and piece of machinery.
These photos were taken at the Black Label Society show Sunday November 6, 2005 , at the Rave in Milwaukee. This is the same venue that the Dime/Dean interview came from almost one year ago.
R.I.P brother DIME !
all new site coming Novemer 14 !
Mr. Dean Z. himself on the chopper
Dean Z. with BLS guitarist Nick Catanese and the chopper
Some of the graphics on the bike
Check out the little DEAN guitars on the rims
Zakk from the show tonight tearing it up on his one of a kind Dean Dime Bullseye Rust Razorback.
sustaing a dime squeals
on Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:26 pm
can anybody tell me how dime sustains the squeals at the end of the cemetary gates
I picked up this mag last night at the Growshery store. There's no articles in the mag, just big posters of all our fallen guitar heros. They got Dimebag, Jimmi Hendrix, SRV and a bunch of others. It also comes with a 2006 calender showing the birthday and deathday of a boat load of guitarists. It was like $6, well worth it in my opionion.
I got out of that that he used them for the Washburns, not Deans.
Dime To Appear On New Shadows Fall Home Video
The highly-anticipated new SHADOWS FALL DVD, "The Art of Touring", is set for a November 15 release via Century Media. The disc effectively documents the rise of one of today's most influential and dominant metal bands. Brian Fair (vocals) describes what the DVD release means to him and how the band strived to create something special for their fans that would stand out from the pack: "This DVD will give viewers a quick look into the madness that is SHADOWS FALL on the road. It is not always pretty or perfect, but hell, neither are we. Everything you see on this DVD was filmed by either a band member, crew member or close friend. It is raw, unscripted and pure chaos.
"This DVD was filmed when our lives were changing dramatically as 'The Art Of Balance' was beginning to pick up steam and we were zigzagging across the world on a break neck schedule of tours. We were a band trying to leave our mark on the world and get our hands on as many free drinks as possible. The only footage that is not from that era is the tribute we put together for our departed brother in arms 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott. The six weeks we spent on tour with our boys in DAMAGEPLAN were some of the best times of my life. We were lucky enough to share some of his last days on this earth and we wanted to share some of those memories with the fans that loved and respected him. This footage is proof that the man lived everyday with a smile on his face and a drink in his hand.
"We wanted to capture the mindset the band was in during this period, which was full steam ahead, kicking ass and taking names. There are no overproduced multi camera shots like you see in most DVDs these days. We didn't want to add one more glossy DVD release to an already over-saturated market. This was our attempt to re-create the vibe found on home videos like 'Cliff 'Em All' by METALLICA and 'Oh Say Can You Scream' by SKID ROW. Those were videos that showed a band in its purest form. That is what 'The Art of Touring' is all about. This is bootleg-style guerilla film making fueled by alcohol and lack of sleep. As dizzying as some of the editing may be, trust me, this is almost exactly how we saw the world over these two years."
"The Art of Touring" features over two hours of on-the-road antics and live performances filmed from 2002 through 2004 on "The Art of Balance" album touring cycle while on the road in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Also featured here are all six of the band's promotional videos to date, from "Thoughts without Words" to "Inspiration On Demand". Several guest appearances, rare cover songs and a special tribute to Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott that features a live jam of the classic PANTERA track "Walk" (performed by DAMAGEPLAN and SHADOWS FALL in the fall of 2004) round out the DVD.
Hey Guys, I was at music live in birmingham last weekend and at the bill lewington stand they had the dean from hell model #1! i had a go on it before the guy went apeshit at me for picking it up and it played awsome! anyone who has one of these guitars are really frackin lucky! i also got to see micheal angelo batio play again, and once again my jaw was on the floor for most of the performance, plus i got to meet kerry king! i had a frackin brilliant time!!!!! cheers.
Hi all just wondering if anyones using the randall Rh 200w g2 on here. Id like to know what your settings are for that killer dime tone.
Im running an ESP eclipse through the randall with a boss gt-8. However i can get some good metal tones out of the gt-8 but its a lot of hard work. And id prefer to use my own amps tone.
Any feedback would be great all.
does amy one else have the.....
dbd tribute guitar? i do and i love it, but i was wondering what your opinions on it were? hate it or love it? and if you have one did the pickups come tapedor did u do it yourself?
HOLY SCHNIKES! It's widow's Dime tribute Charvel!
My latest project! Muhaha!
*Total refinish in custom Dime Slime Green-solid color
*All black hardware including custom made BLACK diamond plate truss rod cover, rear trem cover and electronics cover.
*Dime reproduction signature on back of headstock and "Get Ya Pull" along back of neck.
*Seymour Duncan Dimebucker and single coil spaced humbucker.
*1 Vol. 1 3-way switch
*Grover 6 in line Mini Rotomatics
*Inscripted Dimebag neck plate
*Charvel repro decal with "the" written in front and "from hell" after the logo
Pics are in the base coat stage-no clear has been applied. I have most of the parts so far and more are on their way. Still waiting for the neck to dry enough so I can apply the Get Ya Pull.
This will most likely take me through January as this lacquer takes a long time to cure.
I'll keep it updated though!
I don't have the money and can't afford the Randall Warhead, which i've wanted ever since "King Dimebag" and Randall put it out on the market. There is alot I don't know about "King Dimebag's" gear, other than the Warhead he and Randall produced. Does anyone know what else he used on stage besides the Warhead, as far as effects go?
Oh and while i'm at it, I did manage to find both cabnits to the Warehead if anyone is interested in buying them. (wish i could) I havn't found the head yet, but if I do i'll post it.
here's the 4x12 cab
here's the 2x15 cab
on Fri Nov 11, 2005 10:29 pm
is that a dean stelth in the new dean aspiring artist advert at the top of the screen it looks exacely like the stelth head stock but not washburn just dean.
Some rare bootlegs here. And has anyone ever seen the Glamtera: Hairspray From Hell thingy before?
dime o flash
on Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:43 pm
can any1 post some pics of the finish because i have come into some money and want to but all the dimebags but i want to know is the dime o flash a print on like dime o flame or propper paint
Pantera on Beavis and Butthead! I've never seen this one before!
Jut one thing is it meant to be spelt 'Get Ya Pull' Or 'Getcha Pull'????
I know its a stupid question but im writing It on my strat im painting like the DFH
Am i the only person who listens to the final lead in where you come from (the slower part of the solo) and just thinks, goddamm, that is perfection in musical form.
Its simplistic, yet its almost like dimes guitar is singing ,and it just totally sets the mood of the song, it sends chills up my spine every time i hear it.
Zakk Wylde's new Dean????
on Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:12 pm
Wow, what awesome guitar!!
Anyone got more infos on that???
Check out the mural i made
check it out
What are the chances.....?
I see the banner at the top of the page that Dean Z will be in the Tiki tomorrow. What are the chances that the purpose of the chat session will be to announce the completion and arrival of the Import Razorback?
Maybe I'm just dreaming and have gone completely insane over the last 9 months waiting for mine. I know when I get it, it will be perfect and well worth the wait, but dang.... waiting is almost painful sometimes
Dimebag Tribute Bike photos
Hope everyone is enjoying the photos of the Dimebag Tribute Bike I shot that are on display in the photo gallery. Here's a shot from the Band Camp 05 Concert in Madison WI. backstage with Dope.
You can check out my site for more images of the Dimebag Tribute Bike at http://www.pasphotography.com
i was thinking of a gettin a bill lawrence l 500xl off ebay but i have heard stuff about fake ones popping up.
jus wondering if anyone could tell me how to spot the difference between the fake and the real thing?
Hi to all.....
from the Italian tribute, me and my group HateRade have make a song downlodable from
and the song is becoming...
What do you think about ??
Dime tribute Night In Scotland
check it out
I feel kind of like a jerk. I could have sworn in some Pantera song, Phil says "Hope" Now i thought it was one of his random things on 101 Proof, specifically This Love near the end, but I can't seem to find it. Now I put "Hope." as my away message to see who would get the reference, but I can't justify it because I forgot where its from.
Did I make it up? Does any Pantera song have a part where Phil just says "Hope" alone? I'm going to listen to 101 Proof all the way through tomorrow to see, but if anybody could help that would be awesome. Yea I know this is a stupid question, but it was something that crossed my mind.
Randall X2 Stack on Ebay.
Theres a X2 full stack on ebay in australia if anyones got a spare $4000 lying around.
Just though i'd post it incase someone was looking for one.
Dime o Flame
on Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:35 pm
Is there really that much of a difference between the skin graphics of the Dime o Flame when it was released originally and the newer skin graphics that they offer now?? Any input is appreciated.
I dont know about all the dime fans out there , but i think they could have done away better job than that , im going to build bikes 1 of these days , it might be 20 years from now but im going to blow that out the water , for any fab workers or bike builders , i have way better ideas that would pay way a better tribute to the man , i only meet the man 1 time but i really do think about him everyday , it was like i lost a family member ...keep is memory alive , and do a good job dont do some half ass s#%t of a job ,dime wouldnt do that ,look at what he gave us , GIVE THE MAN THE GOD DAMN BEST RESPECT THAT HE DESERVES ...GET YA PULL ,,,AND LIGHT UM UP FOR DIME..................LOVE U DIME
R.I.P. DARRELL "DIMEBAG" ABBOTT
on Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:45 pm
You were an amazing guitar player. You have inspired many to go big and to go with their dreams. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
REST IN PEACE DARREELL "DIMEBAG" ABBOTT!!!
Dime To Be Honored On Music Choice
MUSIC CHOICE Remembers Late PANTERA Guitarist 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT - Nov. 16, 2005
Music Choice, the premier, multi-platform music network, remembers legendary hard rock/metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, whose life ended tragically on December 8, 2004. Music Choice On Demand will feature the best of Dimebag on its video-on-demand service from November 28 to December 11. The Dimebag Darrell Tribute Hot List showcases four music videos featuring Dimebag, along with a musical and personal tribute to Dimebag from fellow guitarist and best friend Zakk Wylde of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.
The music videos for "Walk", "Revolution Is My Name", and "Drag The Waters" from PANTERA, the band that featured Dimebag on guitar for over two decades along with brother Vinnie Paul on drums, are included in the Dimebag Darrell Tribute Hot List, in addition to "Save Me" by DAMAGEPLAN, the band that Dimebag and Vinnie formed after PANTERA's breakup in 2003.
The Dimebag Darrell Tribute Hot List also includes Zakk Wylde's musical tribute to Dimebag, "In This River", performed by Zakk's band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Zakk is also featured in a clip that precedes the music video speaking about Dimebag shortly after his death. "He (Dimebag) ruled the world and still does," said Wylde. "He'll live forever like Randy (Rhoads) and Jimi Hendrix."
"Dimebag Darrell was one of the greatest rock/metal guitarists of all time," said Justin Prager, Director of Rock, Pop/Rhythmic Programming for Music Choice. "We join Dimebag's fans in celebrating his short life with our exclusive Dimebag Darrell Tribute Hot List."
For more information, visit the Music Choice web site at www.musicchoice.com.
How long did you have to wait for your Dimebag Model?
Hey everybody, I was just wandering how long you guys waited for your Dimebag signature guitar.
I ordered my FBD In march and it is expected to be here next week. I hope I didn't get ripped off. lol, no He is an official dealer it probably took longer just because it is left-handed, Damn me!!
Dimebag Standees are back in the Dean Shop!!!
on Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:39 pm
What's your favorite Pantera/Damageplan song to play?
Its tough but my 2 favorites are, Domination, and I'm Broken.
Man those solos friggin rule!
But then again so do all Dime's songs and solos.
Anyone notice this on the Dime-O-Flage?
in the silhouette where he's holding a guitar it's the stealth shape, which is wierd and i think might piss some of you die hard dean fans off
WTF IS THIS...???
on Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:48 pm
hey guys...i was looking to dime's drawings and noticed that the model called Dime Rebel Deluxe has a differnet shape.and dean z said that we will see a rebel guitar like no other model we saw...it could be the nwe shape?
HAVE ANY OF YOU PLAYED A RAZORBACK? I WANT TO GET THE 2 TONE ONE AND I WANTED SOME ADVICE, ARE THEY ANY GOOD?
ANY TIPS OR INFO WILL BE THANKED
So I'm painting my warlock(excuse the language)
Hey, I'm going to paint my warlock once I get my FBD, and I need some help with what to put on it.
I did some quick photoshopped ideas, here they are.
this is the original: http://www.deanguitars.com/userpics/lib5/warlock%20black.jpg
and some ideas:
Tell me what you like and don't, or if you have a cool idea. I'll photoshop it and check it out. My dad is an awesome painter so anything is possible. Thanks
my dime from hell
on Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:18 pm
my familey of guitars
on Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:21 pm
post pics of your guitars here
Vinnie's Back-Big Vin Records
Former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has launched Big Vin Records, a new Dallas-based record label with distribution via Fontana.
Vinnie was a founding member, producer, and one of the masterminds behind the success of PANTERA, the seminal '90s Grammy-nominated metal band whose worldwide album sales total 13.5 million. After the breakup of PANTERA, Paul and his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, formed DAMAGEPLAN, whose debut album ("New Found Power") was released by Elektra in early 2004.
Big Vin Records' first release will be an album from REBEL MEETS REBEL, a unique crossover of country, metal and rock. It features three of the founding members of PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, Dimebag and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe. REBEL MEETS REBEL's CD was recorded over a four-year period and is set to contain a total of 12 tracks, including "Nothin' To Lose", "Rebel Meets Rebel", "Cowboys", "Panfillo", "Heartworn Highway", "One Night Stand", "Arizona Rivers", "A Man With Nothin' Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My Life".
The title track, "Rebel Meets Rebel", was previously said to be a duet with PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo, although it is not presently clear if Anselmo's contributions will make it to the final product.
"Being from Texas, not only do we have rock roots, but we listen to country and blues," Paul explained to MTV News in early 2000. "Before our shows, we'd play 'Jack Daniels, If You Please' off of one of [Coe's] CDs.... He caught wind of it, and we went out to see him when he played Billy Bob's. He was just a super cool dude. It was fun to check him out, and we hooked him up with a couple of our home videos, and he called us back a couple days later and just said, 'Man, these f***ing videos are incredible. I really dig what you guys do.' He knows more about PANTERA than I do now."
"Rebel Meets Rebel" is scheduled for release in March 2006.
The second project to be released via Big Vin will be a DVD, "Dimevision", as a tribute to Dimebag, one of metal's all-time guitar greats who is credited by some for creating the original concept which eventually became the MTV hit series "Jackass". "Dimevision" features Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every serious PANTERA fan will have to own.
PANTERA's career overview CD, "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!", has sold 452,000 in the United States since its September 2003 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 16-song "Vulgar Hits!" CD was packaged with a bonus DVD boasting 12 videos, including two live performances. The bulk of the material was culled from the band's six major-label releases, but also included are non-album cuts "Cat Scratch Fever" (a cover of the TED NUGENT song that originally appeared on the Polygram soundtrack to "Detroit Rock City") and the BLACK SABBATH cover "Hole in the Sky", previously available only on import.
my dad says that he called dean and they said they dont make the FBD in left handed? i dont know if hes bullshitin me just to get me to lay off it for a litttle while or he just doesnt want me looking for it to spoil christmas.. hmm.. someone help me out, and get me a price range on these thnigs too.
pc recording software
on Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:09 pm
Hey guys, I have asked this before, but what is the easiest to use guitar to pc recording program? I tried and really liked adobe audition 1.5, but the trial period expired on me and won't let me use it without buying. It's 300 bucks and I just need it for a term project. N-Track is difficult to use. Can someone suggest a demo version of software that is easy to use? I have to start tracking this afternoon. Appreciate any help guys.
I came across this video and couldn't believe these douches would upload it. The Napoleon Dynamite Pantera fans I suppose:
%$#@! %$#@! %$#@! %$#@! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guys today i got my CFH crybaby=awesome, Dime distortion=fried ?????????? In my haste to hear the dime distortion i proceeded to take a friends advice for "Only needing a uk-usa transaltor plug" to get it going, and NOT checking the transformer voltage first !!!
Anyway i smelt the burning unplugged it rapid and now i don`t know if it is the dime box or the transformer that is fried i have nothing to test it with i opened it up and all looks ok no melted components or burns on the circuit board.
Can anyone please let me know what to expect as i cannot wait till i get to an electrician tomorrow to know if my brand new unused dime distortion is dead.
Thanks for any help or advice (only the good news though)
Warhead X2 and 2x15 cab for sale
for sale (includes shipping):
X2 head: $810.00
warhead 2x15 cab: $630.00
pm or reply if interested
Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has spoken exclusively to Revolver magazine (web site) about the death of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Anselmo's much-rumored substance-abuse problems and the role the heavy metal media has played in PANTERA's eventual demise, among many other topics. Several excerpts from the article (published in the magazine's February 2006 issue, due to hit newsstands on December 6) follow:
Revolver: Tell me about the past year.
Anselmo: "Man, this has been the worst year of my life — it's been the worst year of many people's lives. Ever since… Ever since my guitar player was taken from me, basically."
Revolver: How much do you miss Dime?
Anselmo: "I miss him more than I can even begin to say. I think of him every single waking day — every 30 minutes, if not every five minutes.
"And… [he pauses] Trying not to get choked up here. I'm trying to compose myself. I speak with Rex [Brown, PANTERA's bass player] often. We both are dealing with it… I'm in therapy. I never had to see a psychiatrist before. I see one regularly now. They tried to put me on antidepressants, but I won't take them because I don't trust drugs at all anymore. I don't trust a frippin pill, not unless it's a vitamin.
"I feel so GOLDARN' bad for Vince [Paul, PANTERA's drummer and Darrell's brother], because during the writing of our last record, [his and Darrell's] mother passed away… I miss Vince. I miss his sense of humor. And Dime — there was no more creative, beautiful, perfect motherf@#$% ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever. He could make something out of nothing — if we were in Bumfuck, Anywhere, he could find some kind of something to do that would end up being fun, you know? And not to mention his music, our music. Dimebag, Vinnie, Rex — they were the greatest, and still are the greatest, musicians I've ever played with. I will always love everybody in that band, man. We had so much chemistry together. I miss it so GOLDARN' much. You know, it took me quite awhile, but after about six months, I watched some old videos, I listened to our records, and I was just stunned, amazed, gasping for air, because I knew that I was part of something that changed heavy metal forever. And it took all four of us.
"To lose someone like Dime, and to have his brother in such pain, it kills me. I'd give one of my fingers to fix everything somehow, go back in time, or to have been there. This is a harsh thing to say, but if I saw some stupid son of a bitch coming at my guitar player with a gun, I would have knocked his block off, you know? I would have taken a bullet for that motherf@#$%."
Revolver: Have you tried to contact Vince?
Anselmo: "Yes, right afterwards, and I don't blame him for his isolation. I mean, it's a stunning, stunning thing. It's nothing you can just put out of your mind, it's nothing you can drink away, it's nothing you can go to a psychiatrist for a couple of months and he can put everything into perspective. I fear the worst for him, because I love him so much, you know? All I have in my heart is love, and when I say this, there's no way I can leave the fans out.
"We, PANTERA, had the greatest, the most intense, dedicated fans I've ever seen in my GOLDARN' life. And I really hope with all my heart that one day, people — especially our fans and my friends — can see clearly enough to think for themselves and really realize that I have nothing but love for them. I've just been going through personal hell since December. Once again, it's very hard to talk about, man. You know, my heart is in a thousand pieces a day.
"But there is something very, very, very important that I've been wanting to say for a long time… and the only reason I couldn't say it before was because I always wanted that air of 'a new level of confidence and power' — you know, that 'vulgar display of power.' When I was in my middle twenties, I could walk through walls. There wasn't a man big enough to kick my frippin ass. I'd rock with anyone, and I don't remember losing a fight.
"And then I tried a drug called heroin, because deep inside of myself I thought — I knew — there was no way that any drug could conquer me. No way. But the second time I did it in my entire life, it killed me.
"Then I rebounded from that, played a show the very next night, knew that there's no way I'm messing with that garbage anymore. But I could tell something was screwed up with my back, something was not right. Pain, severe pain. So in between tours, I had an MRI, my first of six. Sure enough, the lowest lumbar disc in my back was ruptured — shattered from being onstage since I was 14 years old, jumping off the stage, off Vinnie's drum set, going as crazy as possible.
"So I asked my doctor, 'What can I do about this?' And he says, 'Well, you're going to have to wear a back brace,' which I've been wearing for 10 years now. [Anselmo pulls up his shirt to reveal a large back brace around his midsection.]
Anselmo: "Nobody's known that. Anybody who ever thought I had a beer gut or I was fat, I was holding my bones together. Then, after two, three more tours — another MRI. I got another damaged disc, and no cartilage between the bottom one and the next one, which meant bone-on-bone scraping and nerve damage, and so the painkillers got stronger, stronger, stronger just to get up on that GOLDARN' stage and do what I do, man. I mean, I was born to do this and I've known it since I was 6 years old.
"Back in the Nineties, I went to see so many GOLDARN' surgeons, and they all wanted to slice me open from the belly, take pieces of my hipbone out, take all my guts out, lay them on a table, and then fuse the discs from the front, use pieces of my hip to fill gaps in the bone and cartilage, then put all my guts back in, sew me up. I asked the doctor, 'Well, what's the recovery time for something like that?' And he's like, 'Oh, 10 months to a year, maybe a year and a half.' I'm like, 'No way. I gotta work, bro. We're going to Europe. We're doing Ozzfest. I cannot take a year off.' And then, on top of that, I had doctors ask me if I had been fitted for a wheelchair. That's how bad it was. And I never have let that out of the bag before. I said, 'A wheelchair?! I still jump off the damn drum riser, man.' And they're like, 'You're just going to screw yourself up.'
"And so eventually, I got put on the heaviest painkiller known to mankind — it's called methadone. Most people relate methadone to heroin, but I saved every bottle, every document — everything was for my back. And you know, it still hurt to be up there on stage, and when I woke up in the morning, it felt like an ice pick was shoved in my lower back, and the colder it got, the worse it got. And when you'd go to Europe in the middle of winter, it's like, man, I cannot do this without medicine.
"So I think people, especially journalists, took it upon themselves — and I really can't blame them, because I've never spilled these particular beans before. But I was slurring my words, I didn't have that glow anymore. It was killing my soul. You know, drugs, dope, everything you ever hear about them, it's true, man.
"So now, here we are in 2005 — medical science and neurology have come a very extreme distance. I have found an incredible doctor. He has put me through rigorous tests. They've given me my sixth MRI and nuclear testing where they make all your bones glow. [Laughs] And the worst of all was the last one. It's called the discogram — they allow no medication, no relaxants at all, and the whole purpose of the procedure is to duplicate the pain that you feel.
"So, at that point in time, I was slowly coming off this poison called methodone, which ruined my life, and another pill, which anybody who takes it is out of their mind. It's [a muscle relaxant] called Soma. That's what makes you sound like you're on the biggest amount of dope in the world — it makes you retarded, and I hated it. And so I want to apologize to all of my fans. I just wanted to play for you guys, man. And I think an apology is due for all my close friends and family, who had to endure what they didn't understand. And Dimebag, Vinnie Paul, Rex — they didn't understand the pain I was going through and the medicines and all of that. I apologize — so much. I'm not making excuses, but living with chronic pain makes you antisocial, depressed, not yourself. It changes your life, and it did mine, and now I want it back.
"And so, next month, on November the eighth [pushed back to Nov. 21 after this interview was conducted — Ed.], I'm going under the knife, and I'm getting this motherf@#$% fixed finally, and I will walk through walls again, and I will punch through bricks, and I will rise again. Mark my GOLDARN' words."
Revolver: When you do tour again, are you worried at all that some crazy will try to take you out?
Anselmo: "There ain't no way I'm playing a show unless the security's tight and everybody knows the score, man."
Revolver: But as you know, some people really hate you…
Anselmo: "Man, look, there is no way anyone in this world can vicariously live through that tragedy and blame anyone but the kid who shot my guitar player, for God's sake. So many people don't even know me, and they have formed an opinion. I would suggest to every person that reads this, before you judge anyone else, make sure and check yourself out first. Because imperfection is just a human way, man. And opinions are like meanies — everybody has one. And when you assume something, yes, the ass comes out in you. Don't believe every frippin thing that you read, especially these GOLDARN' tabloid magazines, like Kerrang! and Metal Hammer, for all the tasteless #$%@ that they pulled."
Revolver: So what did those magazines pull? And how big a role did it play in things going so wrong with PANTERA in the end?
Anselmo: "You know, after the SLAYER/MORBID ANGEL tour [in 2001] that we did, I thought it was wisest to take a break. I wanted to get the second DOWN album done, and I wanted to release the SUPERJOINT [RITUAL] album, because both of them had been on ice for so long. Never did I think that before interviews would even start, I'd have guys come in and tell me how much Darrell and Vince hated my guts. Or I would say something in jest, or I would say something that would be taken so completely out of context, like, I would kick Dimebag Darrell's ass or something like that." [see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET story]
"Look, man, the world knows that I probably wouldn't be the easiest guy to fight, but I would never raise a hand to Dimebag Darrell. That would be like raising a hand to my own family, and it would never happen. Ever. No way.
"And GOLDARN', man, I would never quit PANTERA. Are you crazy? I mean, that was my home. That was my real band, you know? And now, yeah, I'm starting from scratch, and all I know how to do is play music. That's all I know how to do. But if there's any silver lining within all these clouds, it's that our music does live forever within our records. That is immortal. As is the strength of our fans and the faith that I have in our fans to realize that Dime's murder was the action of a psychotic motherf@#$% who believed in the media too much and fell into this hype thing. Our fans are hardcore, and it kills them, what happened, but it's not going to do any good to take sides, because there is only one side, you know?
"So GOLDARN' the effects of drugs, GOLDARN' the frippin media personnel who toy with words and don't expect consequences. And GOLDARN' anyone who thinks that I had anything but love for Dimebag Darrell. A part of me, a gigantic part of me, is destroyed, and I am a different man."
Philip Anselmo's entire interview with Revolver can be found in the magazine's February 2006 issue, due to hit newsstands on December 6.
(BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to thank Shawn Thompson of
"5 and Dime" - comments on the late, great Dimebag
by Dave I
on Wed Nov 30, 2005 4:45 pm
I interview bands at my website. In a section I call "5 and Dime" in memory of Dimebag, five questions are about the band, but the sixth question is where I ask these bands to share a personal story or memory of Darrell.
I hope some of you will stop by and maybe read about a band or two that you're not familiar with. But more importantly, every band listed at this website section shares a memory of Dimebag.
Here's a link: http://www.davesontour.com/html/five_n_dime.html
I met Dime last Dec. 4, I can't believe it's almost a year
by Dave I
on Wed Nov 30, 2005 4:54 pm
I can't believe almost a year has passed since the tragic and senseless death of Dimebag Darrell. I was lucky to meet him and chat with him in New Jersey a few days prior to his death. I was writing a story that touched upon the Dallas music scene today, and Dime was gracious enough to allow me to tape him commenting on what the Dallas music scene was like back when he was breaking Pantera. Here's his thoughts:
"Man, back then there was a lot more of a music scene period in Dallas. There were more clubs and just the whole spirit of music I think. Everybody used to dress the frippin clothing, wear the spirit with them, you know. They lived it, they lived the whole style. It kinda seems like a lot of people have lost that through the Internet giving free music out. All the things with major labels that have gone sideways. Kids don’t respect music like they used to back in the day, you know. It’s a little harder to pack places and stuff. There’s not so many clubs still left around. But back in the day, it was on fire, you know, Dallas was on fire. There’s still a bunch of great shows coming through, you know."
Here's a link to a tribute to Darrell at my website that I hope you'll check out:
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on Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:39 pm
I recently got a 10 band equalizer and I know Slaytanic posted some settings a while back for an MXR 6 band, but could anyone recommend some Dime-like settings for a 10-band?
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