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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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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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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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Anselmo's Videotaped Statement On Dimebag's Murder

Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo's videotaped statement about the murder of bandmate "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, with whom he had feuded in the press in recent years, has been uploaded at the web site of Fuse's "Uranium". Watch the four-minute, 17-second clip at this location (Windows Media). A transcript of Anselmo's statement follows: More...

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Dallas Mag Apologizes For Dimebag 'Casket Photo'

A weekly Dallas magazine has apologized to the friends and family members of late DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott for running a photo on the cover of last week's issue of what appeared to be Dimebag lying in his casket prior to being buried. Dallas Observer Managing Editor Patrick Williams has released the following statement regarding the matter:

"To all the fans, friends and family of 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott who wrote and called in to complain about our image of the slain rocker on the cover of last week's issue, please know this: We did not, whatever you may think, shoot a photo of him lying in his casket. The image we published of the DAMAGEPLAN guitarist, who was slain by a crazed fan at an Ohio nightclub December 8, was an illustration created by artist David Hollenbach based on old file photos of Abbott. (Four other people, including the gunman, were also killed in the attack.) More...

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Buckethead Records Tribute To Dimebag

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead has recorded a song as a tribute to the DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down on Dec. 8 at a Columbus, Ohio nightclub. Download the track at this location. Several photos of Buckethead and Dimebag, taken at the NAMM 2003 convention, can be viewed at the following links: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3.

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Another Journalist Treads On Dimebag's Legacy

Geoff Harkness of the Kansas City Pitch has metal heads fuming after posting his column on Damageplan and former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Harkness wrote, "That Abbott was beloved by the metal community is without question, and he certainly died with his boots on, but the only thing legendary about him was his drinking habit. Dimebag Darrell worshippers are suddenly a dime a dozen, but one has to wonder: Where was all this adoration when he was still alive?"

Read the full article at The Pitch.

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COB Guitarist Breaks Arm, Sits Out Dimebag Tribute

According to Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com, guitarist Alexi Laiho has broken his arm and will most likely not perform at the Dimebag tribute.

More information on the tribute can be found here.

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More Details On Finnish Dimebag Tribute

More details on the Dimebag tribute have been announced.

The tribute will take place at Rock 'n' roll Station, VR Makasiinit, Helsinki, Finland on January 15.
21.00 CR (ex-Condition Red)
22.30 The Scourger
23.30 Dimen Nimeen! (Dimebag tribute band)

Dimen Nimeen! tribute band will feature the following artists: More...

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MH's Robert Flynn: "Long Live Dimebag Darrell"

Machine Head frontman Robert Flynn recently posted a piece on MH's message board remembering Dimebag Darrell. This incredibly detailed and well-written remembrance on Dimebag is as follows:

I still can't believe it.

To say that Machine Head were devastated...there aren't even words. We found out about this unbelievable event while in Zagreb, Serbia. The sports arena we were playing had no phone lines, no internet, virtually zero cell reception, no TV, no heat. We had nothing but patchy info for the next few days as we played more shows in Eastern Europe, and frustration started to boil. It was impossible to call anyone, check e-mail, anything. It's only now that I've finally been able to sit down and read everything surrounding what happened.

That night, we dedicated "Descend The Shades Of Night" to Dimebag, a man who inspired us in so many ways. I lost it on stage. We all lost it on stage. It's horrible. Things like this just don't happen. Musicians don't get KILLED on stage... while they're PLAYING... what the fuck? What the fuck is wrong with people?
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Video From Inside The Al Rosa Villa Released

Footage from inside the Al Rosa Villa nightclub from the fateful night of Dimebag Darrell's tragic death has been made available online by WBNS television, out of Colombus. The 2 minute and 14 second video feed can be viewed here.

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Dimebag Killer's Mother Talks About Her Son: Video

Columbus, Ohio television station WCMH has posted an exclusive video interview with the mother of the man who gunned down former PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three others during a concert last week. You can watch the video at this location.

According to the Associated Press, Mary Clark told WCMH on Wednesday (Dec. 15) that her son, Nathan Gale, was released from the Marines in 2003 after the military diagnosed the disorder. Gale's rampage last week ended when an officer shot him to death.

Clark, who asked the station not to show her face on camera, also said she bought the 9 mm semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting for her son, before he was diagnosed, because she was proud of his military service.

"I'll never, never be able to live that part down," she said.

Gale, 25, of Marysville, charged the stage at a show by Abbott's new band, DAMAGEPLAN, on Dec. 8 at the Alrosa Villa nightclub. He shot and killed four people, including Abbott, before police officer James D. Niggemeyer shot him to death.

Clark said Niggemeyer had no choice.

"I give that man credit," Clark said. "You'll never know how many lives he saved."

Two others were wounded in the attack, including tour manager Chris Paluska, who was released from the hospital Thursday.

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Launch Tribute To Dimebag Darrell

There is now a tribute to Dimebag Darrell at Launch.com, which features a bunch of Pantera and Damageplan music videos, plus photo galleries of both bands. Fans can now pay their respect to the legendary guitarist in Launch's Damageplan message board as a "special online memorial."

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