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


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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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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Anselmo On Dimebag: "The Best Of The Best"

Philip Anselmo's (Superjoint Ritual, Down, ex-Pantera) friend "J" has posted the following message on the official Down forum in regards to the tragic death of Damageplan/ex-Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott:

"I don't have a big official statement. I do have a lot of inside knowledge on the Pantera feud from Philip's side and tonight he gave me the green light to let everyone else in on what I know. He trusts me to do this, and I take 100 percent responsibility for anything that is inaccurate, but I'm confident you all know I'm not going to touch on this subject unless it's from the heart. He didn't even give me any specifics except for the final part of this post... he just wants me to tell people what I know to be true. More...

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Dimebag Darrell's Death Called "Metal 9-11"

Steven Hyden of Appleton, Wisconsin's The Post-Crescent reports:

His name might not be known outside heavy metal circles, but fans revered "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott for his innovative guitar playing with the band Pantera and a friendly spirit that belied his tragic death.

"I've been listening to him play since 1991," said Chris Gaertig, singer for the Cecil-based band Mongo Seven. "(Pantera) was the biggest metal influence on us as far as music goes."

Area fans are reeling from Wednesday's nightclub shooting in Ohio that left the 38-year-old Abbott and three other men dead.

Appleton radio station "Razor" WZOR-FM 94.7 took calls from grieving listeners Thursday and produced a one-hour on-air tribute featuring clips from an interview Abbott did at the station in January. By Friday, calls still were pouring in from people wanting to hear Abbott's music and mourn with other fans.

"Panterawas Generation X's and Y's Black Sabbath," WZOR program director Roxanne Steele said. "Pantera is not just a band. They were a lifestyle."

Read the full article at The Post-Crescent.

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VInnie Paul, Damageplan Issue Statements

More details have emerged on exactly what happened Wednesday night. After being refused entry to the venue (he didn't have a ticket), Gale jumped an eight foot high fence and ran in the back door, heading straight for the stage. Security went after him immediately and were apparently right on his tail when he started shooting.

In addition to Dimebag, Gale's other victims have been identified as 29-year-old club employee Erin Halk, 40-year-old Damageplan security guard Jeff Thompson and 23-year old Nathan Bray, who was a member of the audience. Chris Paluska and John Brooks, both employees of the band, were wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.

The band issued the following statement in response to Thompson's death: "Jeffrey 'Mayhem' Thompson was not just a true part of the Damageplan family, but part of the whole Dallas music scene. He was friend to all, with a great personality. He bent over backward to help us all with his trademark phrases like 'What can I do for you sir?' and 'Coming up!' He also stated his willingness to protect us, saying 'I'd take a bullet for ya,' and unfortunately did in defense of our lives. He truly lived and died for his friends and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life to save ours. For this we will never forget. You will be missed big man. — The Damageplan Family"

Finally, Dimebag's brother and bandmate, Vinnie Paul has come forth with a statement of his own, expressing his love for his late brother: "With all his greatness and accomplishments on the guitar, DIME will be missed more for his giving personality, charisma, caring for others, love and most of all his HEART!! Twice as big as the state of TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!! DIME gave it all everyday to each and every one of us and our lives have forever been hollowed without him... Thanks to all of you for reaching out to us in this time of our immeasurable loss. REST IN PEACE BROTHER DIME!!!!!! —Vinnie Paul"

Read the full article at Chart Attack.

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Dean Guitars To Proceed With 'Dimebag' Model

Dean Guitars plans to proceed with production of a special "signature edition" electric guitar named and designed for "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the heavy-metal musician who was shot to death inside a Columbus, Ohio nightclub late Wednesday night.

The Tampa Bay area-based manufacturer signed a new endorsement agreement with the former Pantera lead guitarist last month and has pre-sold 150 copies of its special "lightning bolt" model made famous by Abbott in concerts and music videos, said Elliott Rubinson, CEO of Armadillo Enterprises Inc., Dean's parent company.

The signature Dimebag Darrell guitar was scheduled to be introduced at a trade show next month, and Rubinson said he is hopeful that Abbott's estate will allow that production to continue under the contract he signed prior to his death. Armadillo has owned the Dean brand since 1995.
"It's a huge, sore disappointment to us," Rubinson said Friday about Abbott, one of Dean's leading musical promoters. "We're not going to drop the endorsement deal. His family needs the support now."

Rubinson described Abbott, 38, as an energetic musician and "walking cartoon character" who liked to joke around and give nicknames to acquaintances. He didn't disclose the value of the endorsement contract Dean signed with Abbott, except to say it is "one of the most lucrative given to a guitar player."

Abbott, who played Dean guitars dating back to its previous production in the early 1980s, reached the height of his heavy metal popularity during the mid-1990s with Pantera, whose albums received nominations for Grammy awards in 1995 and 2001. His new band Damageplan, which he appeared with during Wednesday's concert, released its first album in February. Dean's Web site has posted a memorial tribute to Abbott and had to be shut down temporarily after receiving "thousands" of visits following the musician's death. "I knew he was popular but I had no idea," Rubinson said.

Armadillo is in the process of relocating its Dean Guitars factory from Roosevelt Boulevard in Clearwater to a 110,000-square-foot industrial building along West Waters Avenue in Tampa. The company bought the building from Tropical Sportswear International Corp. for $4.9 million in November.

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Special Headbangers Ball Tomorrow, Dimebag Tribute

According to Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) tomorrow night, or literally later on tonight at this hour, will be a special show. On 94.1 WYSP, a rock radio station here in Philadelphia, PA he stated that it was shot the other day and Dave was the host and he took calls from numerous band members, including Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Scott Ian of Anthrax. They also did the usual and played videos as well, so it'll be a tribute to Dimebag Darrell and it will air tonight at 10 p.m. (EST) on MTV2. So everyone tune in and help to pay tribute to a music legend!

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Nightclub Shooter Said Pantera Stole His Lyrics

The man who shot and killed metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott in an Ohio nightclub once told a friend that Abbott's former band, Pantera, stole his lyrics.

But police said they may never know why Nathan Gale , 25, shot Abbott, 38, and three other people Wednesday night during a concert. A Columbus police officer shot and killed Gale.

Abbott was a founding member of Pantera, one of the most influential metal bands of the 1990s. He was with the heavy metal band Damageplan at the time of his death.

Gale's friend, Jeramie Brey, said Gale once showed him pages of lyrics copied from Pantera. But Gale claimed he had written them. Brey said Gale was "off his rocker" and wanted to sue Pantera.

Police haven't verified reports that Gale began his rampage by yelling out accusations that Abbott broke up Pantera.

Read the full article at NBCSandiego.com.

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Ozzy: 'I'm Absolutely Beside Myself With Grief

Ozzy Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell:

"Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many times. I'll always remember the signed guitar that he gave me at my 50th birthday party. My heart goes out to Dime's family, his fans and the other innocent victims who were killed in this senseless tragedy. It's just terribly, terribly sad."

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Vinnie Paul May Have Been The Hostage

Listening to a brief piece on the shootings on FOX 5 (TV is always a little behind, but I haven't been online for a few hours...), I heard a few new pieces of information. First was the account of the incident in which a witness claimed that Vinnie Paul, Darrell's brother and Damageplan's drummer, was the hostage taken by Nathan Gale, the gunman. According to the witness, Gale had Vinnie in a headlock and was in the act of aiming the gun at his head when Officer Neggemeyer shot and killed Gale.

The report also mentioned the fact that the slaying happened exactly 24 years to the day after the killing of John Lennon.

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