Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell


8/20/1966, Arlington, Texas



Birth Name

Darrell Lance Abbott



Also Known As

Diamond Darrell
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Darrell Lance Abbott was born to country songwriter Jerry Abbott. His father owned a recording studio and it was there that Darrell heard many blues guitarists play. But it was not until hearing Ace Frehley of KISS play that he wanted to play guitar. Darrell and his brother…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Disturbed album Ten Thousand Fists is dedicated to Dimebag.

    • At first Darrell wanted to play drums however discovering that he wasn't as good as his brother, he decided to play the guitar.

    • Nickelback's song "Side of a Bullet" features lyrics dedicated to Darrell and one of solos.

    • Dimebag was the lead guitarist in the bands Pantera, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel.

    • Alice in Chains has covered the song Walk, a few times in Dimebag's memory.

    • He competed against guitar players who had been playing the guitar longer but his skills surpased theirs.

    • Among Darrell's influences were KISS, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Ace Frehley, and Pat Travers.

    • Darrell has a tattoo of Kiss guitarist, Ace Frehley on his chest.

    • Darrell was willing to join, the pre-Rust in Peace Megadeth by Dave Mustaine but insisted on Mustaine also hiring his brother Vinnie. Darrell turned down his offer because he couldn't hire Vinnie.

    • Darrell is known as the "5th member" of the band Anthrax, for his collaborations in many songs.

    • Dimebag is son of country songwriter Jerry Abbott.

    • Darrell formed the band Pantera with his brother Vinnie Paul Abbott in 1981.

    • Darrell started to play guitar when he was 12.

    • Darrell's first concert was an ACDC concert.

    • When Darrell heard Ace Frehley of KISS play guitar, he was inspired to start playing guitar himself.

    • On December 8th, 2004, while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. Abbott was shot a total of five times, twice at point blank range in the head. He was 38 years old.

    • Nickelback's song Side of a Bullet was written about the death of Dimebag Darrell. Their album All The Right Reasons was also dedicated to the memory of him.

    • Darrell is brothers with fellow Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul.

  • Quotes

    • Darrell: With my bud..throwin' the cam on me..just incase I get hurt, by the police.

    • Darrell: I love being drunk but I just hate being hung over

    • Darrell: Excuse me, I have a pink beard.

    • About Cemetery Gates
      Darrell: We've always done a bunch of musically diverse things. We were just showing a broader side of the band, the more melodic stuff we do.

    • Darrell: The thing about us is that we always stayed on the ground level with the fans.

    • Darrell: This is Dimebag, strapped up at the Airport, man, plane's all late and delayed and shit, and I'm looking at all these signs they say Shop, Restroom, oh... there it is.... BAR.

    • Dimebag: I got home, picked up my ax, turned on the four-track and just played it. I played three solos back to back on Cemetery Gates. The next morning, the second and third solos weren't bad, but the first had that first take magic! I didn't touch it.

    • Dimebag: Maybe it's not on top of the charts, but we're still standing strong. So we'll be here forever. United and hard we stand.

    • Dimebag: I was lucky enough to get to see guys like Bugs Henderson, Jimmy Wallace, all those great Texas blues players.

  • Dimebag Darrell was one of the greatest guitarists.

    Dimebag Darrell was one of the greatest guitarists. Dimebag Darrell was one of the most insperational guitarists of the 90's. He's inspired many people to pick up a guitar and start playing, including me. He was murdered on December 8, 2004 and it was on that sad day that the world lost a great guitar player.
  • Dimebag Darrell is probably the most talented guitar player in the world. I mean i am not trying to diss any one but, to me he was insperational. His guitar playing inspired me to go on living. His music basicly saved me from the inevitable. Listen to hismoreless

    The day that Dimebag died was a tragic day for metalist every where. I cried for 2 hours. And I listend to his music when he was with Pantera. Then I heard that song "In this river" by Zack Wilde. I cried even more that day. I wish I could have saved him. I would have happily taken a bullet for him. I know I sound like I am ubsessed with him but, I wanted to be able to see him in concert at least once in my life.

    Zack Wilde you have my up most respect for not giving up your carrer when this happined and I am sorry for your loss, If Dimebags family ever gets to read this I am sorry.

    Well god bless and rock on!!!

    samuel Hahnmoreless