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Formed: 1982
From: Dallas, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Background

Formed in Dallas in the early 80's, Pantera was founded by brothers Darrell and Vincent Abbott. Along with Terrence Lee and a bassist named Rex Brown, Pantera joined the glam scene. Producing three records, the band never accomplished what they set out to do. In 1986 the members agreed to replace Terrence Lee with Phillip Anselmo. After Releasing aother album the band recieved a record deal with East West Records.

The groups first release with the new label was 'Cowboys From Hell.' This album put Pantera on the metal map, but did not sell very well because mainstream never picked it up. Two years later Pantera released 'Vulgar Display of Power', which defined Pantera's true aggressive style. The next release (Far Beynd Driven) surprised the world by debuting at number one on the Billboard Charts. Pantera released two more studio albums, and a live album in the following years.

Even though they never reached the status of No.1 again, Pantera built a following by touring for four years straight. Pantera have toured with everyone from Slayer (2001) to Rob Zombie (1996). They have also been featured on the Ozzfest on many occasions. Needless to say Pantera are still playing and preaching the same metal that made them metal icons in the early 90's.

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Below is our complete Pantera news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Niggemeyer Talks About Deadly Nightclub Shooting

Ohio's NBC 4 is reporting that a Columbus police officer talked publicly for the first time about a deadly shooting at an Ohio nightclub which claimed the lives of five people, including PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Officer James Niggemeyer was the first officer to arrive at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in December after a gunman killed four people and took another hostage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert.

With no backup, Niggemeyer did what he felt was necessary to save lives. He fired one shot and killed Nathan Gale, who was on stage and still had the hostage locked in his arms.

"You just hope you never are involved in something like this," Niggemeyer said of the incident. More...

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Vinnie Paul To Continue w/ Revolver Advice Column

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul will continue to write his advice column for Revolver magazine. In a statement posted in the magazine's May 2005 issue, Revolver editors write that there was a miscommunication between Vinnie and Revolver and that when SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (Vinnie's projected replacement) learned that Vinnie still wanted to work with Revolver, he stepped down so Vinnie could carry on with his advice column. Any questions concerning Dimebag or Nathan Gale will be thrown in the trash. The e-mail address to ask Vinnie for advice is AskVinnie@aol.com.

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Esquire: We Weren't Making Fun Of Dimebag's Death

Esquire magazine has issued a response to the criticism of its April 2005 issue in which writer Brian Frazer appeared to be poking fun at the murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The last page of the magazine contained an article headlined "This Way Out" featuring a pyramid of "Recommended Daily of Vice." At the top was a section called "Use Sparingly" and in it was "Shooting ex-guitarists from PANTERA." A scan of the Esquire page in question can be found at this location.

In response to countless letters from Dimebag fans criticizing the article, Esquire has sent out the following form letter offering their explanation for the story:

"We're sorry you're offended by the 'This Way Out' page in the April issue of Esquire.

"We do want to point out, however, that the target of the offending joke was not Darrell Abbott. We feel nothing but sympathy for his friends, fans, and family. The target of the joke was the deranged man who shot him. His was a horrible and reprehensible act, as are many of the other 'vices' mentioned in the article."

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Vinnie Paul Jams Out With Black Label Society

DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul joined BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on stage for the song "Suicide Messiah" during their performance at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida Sunday night (April 17). Paul had previously jammed with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY at the 2005 WAAF Indoor Beach Party on April 9 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA.

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Dimebag's Murderer Dragged Off Stage Before

John Futty of The Columbus Dispatch has issued the following report:

Nathan Gale was dragged off the stage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Cincinnati eight months before killing the band's lead guitarist and three others at a concert in Columbus.

Yesterday (April 12), Columbus police confirmed that Gale caused a disturbance on stage at Bogart's nightclub on April 5, 2004.

According to reports filed by Cincinnati police, Gale damaged lighting equipment during a struggle with security while DAMAGEPLAN performed about 12:30 a.m.

Officers who responded to a 911 call filed a report labeling the offense as criminal damaging/endangering, but no charges were filed. The band didn't seek charges, police said.

The incident seemed of little significance until Dec. 8, when Gale stormed the stage at Alrosa Villa in Columbus and fatally shot DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott before turning his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun on those who tried to intervene. A fan, a club employee and the band's security chief were killed and three others wounded before a Columbus police officer ended the rampage by killing Gale with a shotgun blast. More...

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Esquire Mag 'Makes A Joke' Of Dimebag's Murder

A Blabbermouth.net visitor pointed out Esquire Magazine making fun of Dimebag's murder:

"I just bought the latest issue of Esquire, April 2005. The last page is an article 'This Way Out' by Brian Frazer. In it he makes a joke out of the murder of Dimebag. There is a pyramid of 'Recommended Daily of Vice.' On the top is a section 'Use Sparingly' and in it is 'Shooting ex-guitarists from PANTERA.' I think it is horrible for someone to make light of this tragic situation. We in the metal community should voice this. I sent an e-mail already and would hope everyone could do the same. There is not [an e-mail address] for the author, just esquire@hearst.com. I hope we can make our voices heard."

You can check out a scan of the Esquire page in question at this location.

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Damageplan, Pantera Unreleased Recordings, Video

According to a recent online posting by DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren, several DAMAGEPLAN- and PANTERA-related products are currently being planned for future release. Among the items that will reportedly see the light of day — either individually or as part of a box set — are the following:

*DAMAGEPLAN DVD "Damagevision"
*DAMAGEPLAN second album
*DAMAGEPLAN "New Found Power" outtakes
*PANTERA Home DVD Part 4
*PANTERA - Unreleased studio tracks from:
"Cowboys From Hell"
"Vulgar Display of Power"
"Far Beyond Driven"
"Great Southern Trendkill"
"Reinventing the Steel"
Tracks from what would have been PANTERA's next studio project after "Reinventing the Steel"
*REBEL MEETS REBEL (Dimebag and Vinnie Paul's side project with legendary country/western music artist David Allen Coe)

It should be noted, however, that — with the exception of a second DAMAGEPLAN studio album (consisting of recordings originally meant to be used towards the band's follow-up to "New Found Power") — there has not yet been any confirmation from the PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN camp that the above-mentioned recordings will ever be made available to the public.

In other news, Krank Amplification has a section on their web site dedicated to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, featuring exclusive photos and video footage of the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist. You can check it out at this location.

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Dimebag Darrell Memorial Stickers Available Online

'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute site DimebagForever.com currently has available “Dimebag Forever” stickers for purchase.

A posting at the site reads: “Each sticker is $0.50 USD each (S&H included), and you can order them in packs of 10 ($5 USD) or 20 ($10 USD). All proceeds go to benefit the Dimebag Memorial Fund. Be sure to send us pictures of the stickers in action and we will post them to the website!”

An image of the sticker can be seen here. To purchase go here.

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Aussie Fans Unite For Fallen Hero

Daniel McDougall, vocalist for a Melbourne band named BLOCK, and screen printer by trade sent this over:

A touching feature of the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out was the startling number of shirts that eulogised the death of American heavy metal guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbot. Abbot was shot on stage on December 12 while performing with Damageplan and, even though eight weeks has passed, the number of t-shirts on display served as a haunting reminder of the atrocity.

The shirts, identical in design, are the creations of Melbourne screenprinter and Pantera fan, Daniel McDougall, who is also vocalist with local metal group Block. "Basically, the shirt is a gesture from the Australian heavy metal community,” said McDougall, who works at A&D Printing and Design. “I want to sell as many of these as possible and to gather photos on a website of people wearing them.”

McDougall epitomises the connection that fans have historically shared with their stars in life and in death. “I just want Vinnie Paul (Dimebag’s brother and Damageplan drummer) and the band to know how much we appreciated and loved Dimebag. Once the message gets sent, that’s it. That’s all I want: For them to know how much he meant to us all.”

The shirt, predictably black in colour, carries an image of the guitarist on the front, and the following message on the back: “R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell. You will live in our memories forever. The metal heads of Australia.” McDougall developed the design after viewing Abbot’s face on the cover of a music magazine and has sold around 400 t-shirts so far out of a backpack that he carries to various festivals.

McDougall is selling “The Dime Shirts” for just $5 each. He stands to make nothing for the time and effort he has thus far contributed but believes the low price will encourage as many people as possible to buy one for themselves and one for each of their friends; draw attention to the real cost of producing a t-shirt in the aim that people will reject similar commemorative items that will be inevitably overpriced.

“It’s very important to me that people realize that we’re not profiteering here,” says McDougall, who has thus far enlisted a team of 10 volunteers to help spread the word. “We’re doing this to create a feeling of unity and togetherness in the music community and it’s working. I can’t print them fast enough because everyone wants to buy more than one.”

Those interested in The Dime Shirt can contact thedimeshirt@hotmail.com or view an online order form at www.blocknation.com.

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Anselmo Working On New Project Body And Blood

Phil Anselmo is working on a new project, called Body And Blood. Little is know about it, except that Crowbar's Kirk Windstein (a former bandmate of Anselmo's in Down) and Valume Nob drummer Sid Montz are involved.

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Dimebag's 'Final' Interview In Guitar World

Guitar World magazine has published what it claims is "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's final interview, conducted by Joshua Gropp on December 1, 2004, on DAMAGEPLAN's tour bus outside the Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gropp is a 22-year-old jazz-guitar student at Humber College in Toronto and is also a guitar teacher. He interviewed Dime for the school newspaper, The Humber College Et Cetera.

Gropp's interview appears in Guitar World's "Guitar Legends #79" special collectors' issue, featuring Dimebag on the cover. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Gropp: In the past you've said that a person is influenced by everything you see and hear, whether you know it or not. Youd dad had a studio while you were growing up, where he recorded a lot of local blues artists. Do you think that music influenced you as well?

Dimebag: "Yeah, it definitely influenced me. I mean, everything gets in there one way or another, you know? I don't know if it came from my dad's studio or from listening to my mom's eight-track LYNYRD SKYNYRD tapes back in the day before I even knew what VAN HALEN was or BLACK SABBATH or KISS. There's a shitload of kick-ass blues players around here in Texas, and we go out a lot and check these guys out. And it's going to get in there, you know? It's not 150 percent pure metal for me my whole life, you know? I love rock and roll, I love the blues, I love KING'S X, MERLE HAGGARD, DAVID ALLEN COE, you name it. A lot people that are in bands think you have to preach against every other kind of music in the world to be 'hardcore,' but that, to me, is just Hitler bullshit. Go ahead and keep you fucking ears closed, you closed-minded fucks, I'm gonna be jamming. There are so many different things that music can do to you besides beat you between the fucking eyes, you know? Of course, that's the favorite feeling, and you've got to have your favorite thing, but give me a goddamn break! Have some variety in the fucking shit, you know?"

Gropp: It seems that, with bands like DAMAGEPLAN, SHADOWS FALL, CHILDREN OF BODOM and others, guitar soloing is becoming more popular again.

Dimebag: "I think it's getting a little bit more like that. For a while, people were like, 'Fuck guitar solos — they're boring,' but I never bought into any of that shit. And all the people that it was coming from were those dudes that play the seven-string guitars that could only play the top four strings. So I think everyone that's into guitar playing has been screaming out for the last couple of years and now you see more dudes doing solos, or at least short little bits. But I'm not into the short bit thing — it almost seems like you're putting it in there to say, 'Look, I could do it if I wanted to.' But that ain't the truth — either you can fucking rip it or you can't. I mean, what if Zakk Wylde put out a record and it had only two little short solo snippets? Dude, you would know that that ain't right. You didn't get the whole meal deal!"

Gropp: What advice would you give someone just starting out in the business?

Dimebag: "Well, if you're just trying to make it and get rich in this business, just go ahead and hang it up right now. Between the record companies being the way they are and the fact that people can just download one song instead of buying a whole album, it's hard to make a good living nowadays. But if you want to do it because you fucking love it, then go for it — that's why we're still doing it, because we love it.

"When I was a kid, I thought it was fucking Ace Frehley with the fucking smoking guitar, partying, fucking hell-raising all the time, non-stop. But once we got a record deal, I found out how much work was involved. You've got to be really mentally set to take it on if you're going to jump into the whole full-blown rig. You might be able to make some money and have some gold or platinum records, but people just don't pay for music the way they used to, and it's harder to make a good living in this business."

For more information on Guitar World's "Guitar Legends" special collectors' issue, go to GuitarWorld.com.

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Anthrax Guitarist Says Vinnie Paul Will Play Drums

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed to MTV.com that he has spoken to PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul about the possibility of Vinnie playing with ANTHRAX at a February 23 benefit in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. "We're just hoping it happens," Ian said. "There would be nothing better than getting Vinnie up on the drum kit and jamming with us. That would just be incredible."

Following PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's murder in December, some wondered whether his brother Paul would ever be able to perform in concert again. However, Ian told MTV.com that's not likely to happen. "I don't think that would be possible with him. It's in his blood. The last thing in the world he would do, or that Dime would ever want, would be for him to not drum anymore. That would be insane." More...

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Shadows Fall Posts Damageplan Footage Online

Shadows Fall has posted a live footage of them and Damageplan performing Pantera's "Walk." The video was taken on from last date of the Devastation Across the Nation Tour in Albany, NY on December 5th. Check it out here.

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Philip H Anselmo; On Behalf of Darrell Lance Abbot

Pantera/Down/Superjoint Ritual Frontman Phil Anselmo has shared his thoughts of late concerning Dimebag Darrell's murder and Pantera of old at length. Here's his posting to his own philanselmo.com:

Philip H Anselmo; On Behalf of Darrell Lance Abbott-Pt. I

I’ve been stumbling around in a coma of loss. No truer lyric has been written than “You don’t know what you’ve got, ‘til it’s gone.” To explain my side of things with the hiatus of Pantera, please give me a moment and think about what I say. Think.

I joined the band in late ‘86/early ‘87, and the chemistry clicked like a vice grip, we hit it off like four bad mother fuckers could. Perfection. Dime, Vince and Rex could play fucking anything. You pick the style, they could pull it off. So in reality we had to find out where our musical hearts lay strongest. After short deliberation, our intention was to be the most devastating ‘hard core-heavy metal’ band in the world.

You know, when the so called heavy metal press first got wind of ‘Cowboys from Hell’ they were absolutely unsure what to think. More bad reviews than good at the time. The Reason? They had never heard a band quite like us before, and I can’t blame the press or anyone for not hearing the full experience, but there were flashes in songs like ‘Primal Concrete Sledge’, and “Message in Blood’. Once again as I have said before, the press remained basically unimpressed, BUT, with the heavy metal audience, the phenomenon of Pantera had already begun. Slowly but surely, the fan base grew larger and larger (the best fans in the world I say still!) More...

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Dean Guitars Post 'Dimebag' Darrell Guitar Preview

Dean Guitars (www.deanguitars.com) have posted a preview of their new 'Dimebag' Darrell guitar line online. Dean Guitars introduced the new line today at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California.

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Nightclub Shooter Had 35 Rounds of Ammo When Shot

The gunman who shot Damageplan (and former Pantera) guitarist, 'Dimebag' Darrell, and three others to death got off 15 shots and had 35 more rounds of ammunition when a Columbus police officer fatally shot him, authorities said. Nathan Gale, 25, of Marysville, shot and killed guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three others when they tried to intervene during a concert Dec. 8 at the Alrosa Villa nightclub.

Investigators said Thursday they think Gale fired 10 shots, reloaded and fired five more before Officer James Niggemeyer killed him with a single blast from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Gale used a Beretta 9mm semiautomatic handgun with a magazine that held 10 rounds. He reloaded once during the shootings. Gale had five rounds in his gun and was carrying 30 live rounds when he was killed, police said.

Investigators said Gale said nothing to Abbott during the attack. Since the shooting, friends and family have described Gale as an obsessed fan of the Damageplan guitarist's former band Pantera.

Alrosa Villa is scheduled to reopen Friday night for a benefit concert to raise money for the families of the two victims from the Columbus-area.

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Diecast Cover Pantera's "Mouth For War"

The Boston-based quintet DIECAST ended their set in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday (Jan. 6) by paying tribute to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott with a version of the PANTERA classic "Mouth For War". Download a video clip of DIECAST's performance of the track at this location (Windows Media, 11.2 MB).

DIECAST are touring in support of their latest album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", available now on Century Media Records.

"Tearing Down Your Blue Skies" is the band's first release with new vocalist Paul Stoddard and is said to be the group's "most diverse and commanding offering to date."

(Thanks: Theriffcompelsme)

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Toledo Bands Pay Tribute To Dimebag Darrell

According to an article on toledoblade.com, Toledo bands Sole Remedy, Sever, Sledge, and New Found Element will be paying a final tribute to their hero at Howard's Club H in Bowling Green tomorrow (Jan. 8). The show will raise money for the families of those who were shot at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus the same night Abbott was fatally shot Dec. 8 while performing with Damageplan.

The cover charge for the 9 p.m. show is $4, but anyone wearing any Pantera or Damageplan clothing or logos will be admitted for $3. Howard's donated the club for the night and other than paying a sound man, all the proceeds will go the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund for the families of the employees of the Columbus club where Abbott was murdered last month.

Read the full article at toledoblade.com.

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Disturbed Frontman Compelled To Do Dimebag Benefit

Within an hour of the shooting at the Alrosa Villa that left "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and four others dead, Disturbed frontman David Draiman's phone began ringing off the hook. And it didn't stop for almost 24 hours. Right then and there, he knew "Instead of dwelling on the facts of his death, we're trying to focus on the way he lived." — Disturbed's David Draiman that something had to be done to pay tribute to his slain friend.

"I started making phone calls the day after I got the news. I knew that something had to be done to honor his memory. But then I was watching TV, and I saw that his family was auctioning off a bunch of his possessions on eBay," Draiman said. "I was like 'Damn, is the situation that dire?' If it had come to that, then I also knew that we had to do something to help his loved ones out."

So Draiman decided to organize a benefit concert for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, which helps Abbott's family pay funeral expenses. More...

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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The Alrosa Villa Will Re-Open Later This Month

Alrosa Villa, the Columbus, Ohio nightclub that was the site of the deadly shootings last month which claimed the lives of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and four others, will be reopening on January 14, 2005 with a benefit show for the victims' families. BOBAFLEX will be headlining the concert, with support from ODIOUS and other bands to be announced.

A complete 11-minute interview with Alrosa Villa owner Rick Cautela, which aired on the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz WBZX 99.7 FM last Tuesday (Dec. 28), can be downloaded at this location.

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