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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.

Latest Pantera News

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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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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Thousands Gather To Mourn Dimebag Darrell

Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday night to mourn Damageplan/ Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

The inside of the cavernous convention center was filled with flowers and oversized magazine covers featuring Abbott, according to The Dallas Morning News. Among the musicians on hand to pay tribute were guitarists Zakk Wylde and Eddie Van Halen.

"I'm here for the same reason as everyone else, to give some love back," said Van Halen, who, along with Wylde, reportedly downed shots of booze as he spoke.

"This guy was full of life. He lived and breathed rock and roll." Van Halen held his cell phone up to the microphone and played a profanity-laced message left by an excited Abbott after a concert he played with Van Halen.

"I just wanted to give you a ... call to tell you thank you so ... much, man, for the most awesome, uplifting, euphoric, spiritual rock and roll extravaganza ever," Abbott said in the message to Van Halen, according to reports.

"A whole part of my life is gone," said Wylde, described as red-eyed and visibly upset. More...

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Anselmo Devastated, Plans To Disappear

Phil Anselmo planned to attend Dimebag Darrell's public memorial service Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas, but was told that Darrell's family didn't want him to attend. "I never got a chance to say goodbye in the right way and it kills me," he said. "I wish to God I could've gone to his funeral, but I have to respect his family's wishes, and they do not want me there. I believe I belong there, but I understand completely, I'm so sorry."

Not only did Darrell's death dash the hopes of a Pantera reunion, Anselmo said the incident has made him question his own career as a musician. "This has changed the entire world, and this is the last you'll be seeing of me for a long time," he said. "I hope you're happy, heavy metal music magazines, media, I hope you're happy. I'm done."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Anselmo Barred From Dimebag Darrell's Funeral

Former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo did NOT attend the the funeral of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott ? apparently because he was told that he was "not welcome" at any of the events honoring the late musician who was slain last week at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Anselmo's former PANTERA/DOWN bandmate Rex Brown (bass) DID attend, as did a number of other high-profile musicians, such as Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS, OZZY OSBOURNE), Jim Root (SLIPKNOT), Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT), Paul Gray (SLIPKNOT), and Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY).

Cantrell, Inez and DAMAGEPLAN singer Patrick Lachman reportedly performed acoustic versions of two ALICE IN CHAINS songs ("Brother" and "Got Me Wrong") at the funeral, while Eddie Van Halen gave a speech that included an impromptu playback of a phone message he had received from Abbott at some point before his death.

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Eyehategod Says Pantera Were Discussing Reunion

EYEHATEGOD vocalist Mike D. Williams has posted the following message from the band at his Southern Nihilism Front website (www.southernnihilismfront.com):

"I know by now you've all heard this bullshit... Its sad as fuck, I can't even put into words the scope of the violence involved in this... a couple of my other friends were shot as well.

The fucked up thing is that the shooter was apparently pissed 'cos Pantera broke up. The goddamn irony of it all is (nothing was set in stone), but they were just starting to talk about doing some reunion shows and put all their petty differences aside. What a fuckin shame.

I got tons a stories about how much fun we had whenever we hung with Dime, staying at his house, BBq'ing and generally getting blitzed, cuttin' up and talkin' trash..

Blasting D.A.Coe and KISS with that freakin dry ice machine/light show in his living room (!!) and even going fishing with him in Arlington. We'll never forget all that. The dude lived to have a good time.

...Roll the dice and do a shot of Blacktooth for Ya boy... EHG 2004."

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The Haunted's Peter Dolving Talks About Shooting

THE HAUNTED's frontman Peter Dolving rants about Dimebag Darrell and all sorts of tangentially related stuff. THE HAUNTED were touring with SHADOWS FALL and DAMAGEPLAN when the shooting happened.

"I guess I have to puke these last couple of weeks out of me. Six-seven weeks on tour sure as fuck leave their tracks even though it feels as if it´s been a really good one.

First off the whole fucking ordeal with the shooting; I don´t know what to say. A couple of years ago I got a similar phonecallas the one I got yesterday. It was my little sis that time. She miracuosly survived the five slugs her ex shot her with at point blank range. More...

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Conservative Site Trashes Dime, Metal And Its Fans

The same people who tell us to "...judge not less ye be judged, love our neighbor, forgive the sins of others, do what Jesus would do, mourn the loss of others, get to know a person for them as an individual, not for what they look like, be humble and meek, care for the feelings of others, reach out to those in need, every human is made in the image of God, " and most of all "treat everyone, living and dead, with respect, love and compassion" now say "good riddance" to Dimebag Darrell.

An excerpt from the Iconoclast's Contributing Editor William Grim, who feels such a way, is below:

"But one can see why the heavy metal fans so closely identified with Mr. Abbott. He was an ignorant, barbaric, untalented possessor of a guitar and large amplifier system. Freakish in appearance, more simian than human, he was the performer of a type of "entertainment" that can be likened only to a gorilla on PCP. Lacking subtlety, wit, style, emotional range and anything approaching even the smallest iota of intellectual or musical interest, Mr. Abbott was part of a generation that has confused sputum with art and involuntary reflex actions with emotion."

As for those heavy metal fans who attended the vigils for Dime... "It was an assemblage of ignorant, semi-human barbarians who were filthy in attire and manner, intellectually incoherent and above all else, hideously ugly to the point of physical deformity. Here is a definite case in which the outer appearance of these "fans" accurately represented the hideousness of their souls. That the physical deformity of their ugliness was self-inflicted makes the spiritual tragedy of their misspent lives all the more tragic."

And for Heavy Metal in general... "[it] creates a mindset among its devotees in which Mr. Abbott's assassination was an event that was all but waiting to happen."

Mr. Grim can be reached at editors@iconoclast.ca.

Read the full article at The Iconoclast.

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Dimebag Darrell Public Memorial Details Revealed

A public memorial for Damageplan/ex-Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott will be held at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday, December 14 beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX
(817) 459-5000

People wishing to sign the official obituary guestbook for Abbott can do so at Legacy.com.

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Dimebag Was A Heavy Hitter In Metal Music

An article has been posted on SFGate.com on Dimebag Darrell:

In the outrage over the senseless murder of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, 38, in a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub on Wednesday by a man who charged the stage and shot point-blank at the band and crowd before being shot dead himself by a police officer, less attention has been paid to the former Pantera member's extensive musical influence.

Though hardly a household name, Abbott, who was on tour with his new band, Damageplan, played guitar with a rare intensity that brought together virtuosity with deep-rooted Texas blues riffs. So it's appropriate that the people hit the hardest by the news were not only the band's hardcore fans but also fellow musicians who recognized Abbott not just as a bearded heavy metal icon but a maverick in a field that was used to stagnation.

"He was certainly one of the most influential guitarists of his particular generation," said Brad Tolinski, editor in chief of Guitar World magazine, in a phone call from his New York office. "He played it straight up and wasn't influenced by the trends. I see Pantera as the bridge between the thrash music of bands in the late '80s like Metallica and Megadeth and the nu- metal of today, whether you're talking about Linkin Park or Disturbed."

"When you think of '90s heavy metal or hard rock, Pantera is one of these seminal bands," said Tom Calderone, MTV's executive vice president. "They are quoted today as influences by many bands. Hard rock has lost a legendary guitar player."

Read the full article at SFGate.com.

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Tributes Scheduled For Shooting Victims

An Ohio radio station scheduled a live tribute Sunday night to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the guitarist who was killed during a shooting spree at the Alrosa Villa Wednesday night.

WBZX-FM scheduled a live tribute for Abbott and three other shooting victims killed during last week's concert, NBC 4's Barbra Flannigan reported. The tribute was to include live bands and calls from music fans. Organizers said they hoped the event would help the community heal. WBZX disc jockey Scoop Richards was at the concert, Flannigan reported. "It's just something we needed to do," Richards said.

Volume Dealer was the opening act for Damageplan. The group witnessed the shootings. "This has been a huge black eye for Columbus," said Volume Dealer vocalist Billy Payne. "We don't need that, because rock and roll is starting to be accepted a little more."

The radio station hoped that heavy metal music lovers want to heal deep wounds by playing Abbott's songs on the air. Fans were welcome to call in, especially if they were among the approximately 250 fans that attended the concert.

Volume Dealer scheduled a benefit concert for Thursday night at The Derby in Grove City. Proceeds from the concert would go to the family of Nathan Bray, one of the shooting victims. Bray, 23, was buried in Circleville on Saturday, NBC 4 reported.

On Monday, funeral services are scheduled for Erin Halk, who was a security guard at the Alrosa Villa. Witnesses told Halk's family that he was trying to stop gunman Nathan Gale from shooting other people when Halk, 29, was killed. Damageplan bodyguard Jeff Thompson also died in the shootings.

Two men were wounded in the attack. John Brooks, an employee of the band, was released from Riverside Methodist Hospital on Friday and returned home to Texas. Damageplan tour manager Chris Paluska was upgraded to fair condition at Riverside, NBC 4 reported.

Read the full article at nbc4i.com.

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