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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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Rebel Meets Rebel, 'DimeVision' Release Party

The official release party for the debut album from REBEL MEETS REBEL — the project featuring three of the founding members of PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe — and the "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" DVD tribute to Dimebag will be held on May 2 at the Clubhouse in Dallas, Texas. "We will have one hell of a night celebrating these historic releases," said Vinnie, who is putting out both the CD and DVD on May 2 through his own Big Vin Records label. "Of course I will be there, David Allan Coe and Miss Kim will be there and no telling who else… Hillbilly Orchestra, Dr.Rock and all the lovely Clubhouse dancers will provide the evenings entertainment as well as a healthy dose of PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN and David Allan Coe music and 'Dimevision' will be on the big screens all night!!!!"

Described as a unique crossover of country, metal and rock, REBEL MEETS REBEL's self-titled CD was recorded and mixed over a four-year period (1999-2003) at Chasin Jason studios in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas

"DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" will feature both performance footage and offstage antics from the legendary guitarist. Vinnie Paul recently told Launch that the disc captures the essence of Abbott's personality. "I think it's a really amazing tribute to my brother and it'll put a smile on your face," he said. "It'll make you laugh and there's stuff on there that people have never seen, and there's stuff on there I'd never seen, that just — I couldn't believe it. I was just like, 'Man, nobody could cut up like Dime.'"

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Between The Buried And Me To Issue Covers CD

Between The Buried And Me will be releasing an album of cover songs in June called "The Anatomy Of", which will contain the following tracks:

Pantera - "Cemetery Gates"
Sepultura - "Territory"
Soundgarden - "The Day I Tried to Live"
Mötley Crüe - "Kickstart My Heart"
Pink Floyd - "Us and Them"
Queen - "Bicycle Race"
Metallica - "Blackened"
Faith No More - "Malpractice"
Doors - "People Are Strange"
Depeche Mode - "Little 15"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Geek U.S.A."
Blind Melon - "Change"

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First Rebel Meets Rebel Single Posted Online

A full-length version of the first single, "Nothin' To Lose," from the upcoming self-titled debut from REBEL MEETS REBEL, the project featuring three of the founding members of PANTERA (drummer Vinnie Paul, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe, has been posted online at the band's MySpace.com page. The song starts off with the sounds of David and Dimebag playing slot machines, and then you hear the awesome crunch of that classic Dimebag groove. The single will go for radio adds on March 14. The full-length CD is due on May 2 via Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records, which has secured a distribution deal via Fontana. A "mega-huge" CD-release party will be held at a "secret location" in Dallas, to be revealed at the last minute. Vinnie (and some other special guests) will be on hand to sign copies of the CD and play it in its entirety for the first time in public.

Described as a unique crossover of country, metal and rock, REBEL MEETS REBEL's self-titled CD was recorded and mixed over a four-year period (1999-2003) at Chasin Jason studios in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas and is set to contain a total of 12 tracks, including "Nothin' To Lose", "No Compromise", "Rebel Meets Rebel", "Cowboys", "Panfilo", "Heartworn Highway", "One Night Stand", "Arizona Rivers", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My Life". Audio samples of six songs are currently available on their official web site.

According to Vinnie, a possibility exists that a touring version of REBEL MEETS REBEL will hit the road this summer. Fans are invited to cast a vote on the site to make the tour a reality.

As previously reported, Big Vin will simultaneously be releasing "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have", a tribute DVD to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The disc, "which remembers and celebrates the life of my brother," according to Vinnie, will feature Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every serious PANTERA fan will have to own.

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Enforsaken's Cover Of Pantera's "Mouth For War"

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have uploaded their cover of the PANTERA classic "Mouth for War" on their MySpace page. "This cover was supposed to appear on a Dimebag tribute album, but the tribute never happened," the band write in a statement. "This cover is raw, dirty and unpolished...just the way we like it! We'd like to think Dime [late PANTERA guitarist] would get a kick out of it. This track was never intended for any kind of profit, so please download the hell out of it!"

ENFORSAKEN's new album, "Sinner's Intuition", is scheduled for release on March 7 via Crash Music Inc.. The follow-up to 2004's "Forever Endeavor" (Olympic/Century Media) was recorded at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin with engineer/owner Chris Djuricic and assistant Aaron Brigman. The album was mastered at The Bolier Room Studios in Chicago, IL with Collin Jordan.

"Sinner's Intuition" will feature back-up vocals from Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, PAN THY MONIUM).

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DimeVision Tribute To Dimebag DVD Trailer Online

A trailer for the upcoming "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" tribute DVD to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott ahs been made available for viewing online. You can check it out here or here. The disc, "which remembers and celebrates the life of my brother," according to ex-PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul, will feature Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every serious PANTERA fan will have to own. You can check out the cover artwork at this location.

"DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" is scheduled for release on May 2 via Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records, which has secured a distribution deal via Fontana.

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Kerry King Jamming With Pantera Video Clips Posted

Three video clips of Slayer guitarist Kerry King jamming with Pantera in their rehearsal space in 1989 have been posted on YouTube.com. Check them out:

Video #1 ("Dimebag" and Kerry practicing)
Video #2 (band practice, part 1)
Video #3 (band practice, part 2)

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Rebel Meets Rebel Album Delayed

Fans waiting to hear Dimebag Darrell's posthumous guitar playing on the upcoming Rebel Meets Rebel will have to wait a little longer — the album's been bumped from April 4 to May 2. The disc, a metal-country hybrid recorded between 1999 and 2002, features country-music maverick David Allan Coe, Dime and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown. The album's 12 tracks, including "Nothin' To Lose", "Rebel Meets Rebel", "Cowboys", "Panfillo", "Heartworn Highway", "One Night Stand", "Arizona Rivers", "A Man With Nothin' Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My Life".

Former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott launched Big Vin Records, a Dallas-based record label with distribution via Fontana, in late 2005.

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Classic Phil Anselmo Morbid Angel Video Online

A classic live video of the then-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo singing the MORBID ANGEL track "Day of Suffering" with the Floridian death metallers in early 2001 has been posted online at this location.

Anselmo underwent back surgery on Nov. 21, 2005 and is expected to spend the next few months recuperating at his home in Lousiana while continuing work on several musical projects, some of which may see the light of day later in the year.

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Video of Drowning Pool Playing "Cowboys From Hell"

High-quality videos of DROWNING POOL performing a cover of PANTERA's "Cowboys from Hell" and their hit single "Bodies" on January 14 at the Camp Stanley Gym in Uijongbu, South Korea have been posted online. Check them out:

DROWNING POOL recently recruited former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs to replace their last vocalist, Jason "Gong" Jones (now in A.M. CONSPIRACY), who left the band in June 2005. The group are expected to enter the studio this spring to begin recording their third album, tentatively due later in the year.

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Dean Launches 2006 Line of Dimebag Darrell Guitars

Dean Guitars has launched a 2006 line of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist) signature model guitars. The new guitar models include the USA Rebel Razorback, Explosion Razorback, CFH From Hell 06, Dixie Rebel, Dime Blade, and Baby DFH.

The Dean 2006 Dimebag Darrell model signature guitars can be viewed at this location.

As previously reported, Big Vin Records, the new label launched by Dimebag's borther Vinnie Paul, will be issuing the self-titled debut CD from REBEL MEETS REBEL — the project featuring three of the founding members of PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe — on April 4. Big Vin will also be releasing a DVD, entitled "Dimevision", as a tribute to Dimebag. "Dimevision" will feature Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every serious PANTERA fan will have to own.

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Early Live Dimebag Video Posted Online

A seven-minute video of PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott "shredding" on stage at the age of 18 (circa 1984-1985) has been posted online at this location.

As previously reported, Dimebag's REBEL MEETS REBEL project — which also features fellow founding members of PANTERA, Vinnie Paul (drums) and Rex Brown (bass), alongside legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe — will see its long-awaited release in April via Vinnie's Big Vin label. The CD was recorded over a four-year period and is set to contain a total of 12 tracks, including "Nothin' To Lose", "Rebel Meets Rebel", "Cowboys", "Panfillo", "Heartworn Highway", "One Night Stand", "Arizona Rivers", "A Man With Nothin' Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My Life".

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Trivium Posts Dimebag Tribute Video Online

Trivium have posted a live video of "Domination" as a tribute to Dimebag Darrell on their official website. Watch it at www.trivium.org.

Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu and drummer Travis Smith got the chance to jam with ex-Pantera members on New Years. Corey comments: "We went to see Vinnie Pauls cover band Gasoline on New Years night and I got to play Cowboys From Hell with Vinnie and Rex that was a unreal time! I was hammered too which made it even more of a badass time. "

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VH1's 'Heavy: The Story Of Metal' Details

"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:

Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.

Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.

Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.

Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.

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Vinnie Paul To Introduce Signature Snare

Vinnie Paul of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN will be attending the 2006 Winter NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants), which runs between January 19 and January 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Paul will be appearing in the Pearl Drums booth at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. Vinnie will be there to introduce his new signature snare, which he designed with Pearl. This 14x8 six-ply maple snakeskin-covered, spike-tipped monster is said to be "every bit as badass as Vinnie could make it." He will also be promoting the new REBEL MEETS REBEL CD, due in April via his newly launched Big Vin label. This record features Paul alongside other ex-PANTERA members "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (guitar) and Rex Brown (bass) in a collaborative effort with country outlaw David Allan Coe.

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Trivium Guitarist Jams With Ex-Pantera Members

Trivium guitarist, Corey Beaulieu, has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Hey everyone Corey here!

"Its been a while since i did an update so here we go - Bodom tour was badass ! thanks for all coming out and checking it out. Both bands Amon Amarth and Bodom were super cool and it was a blast to tour with them!

"We just had a break for the holidays and new years... Travis and I decided to spend New Years in TX with Rita (Dimebags longtime gf) and did we have a fucken blast! We went to see Vinnie Pauls cover band Gasoline on New Years night and I got to play Cowboys From Hell with Vinnie and Rex that was a unreal time! I was hammered too which made it even more of a badass time.

"After that we had a fireworks party back at the Dime's pad and I burnt my hand, we set the lawn on fire the cops came, chased people around the house with roman candles , threw fireworks in Brents (former Trivium bassist) room and accidentally set the blanket on fire , drank 5 bottles of jager, 4 bottles of Seagram 7 a bottle of crown and 2-3 cases of beer and we got the whole thing on video tape! stay tuned for the Trivium dvd to catch that shit haha.

"Currently we are working on new tunes for the next album and so far what its some ass kicking heavy metal.. you all wont be disappointed and you guitar geeks will have plenty of riffs to try to learn on this one haha.. soon we are heading out on our tour with In Flames which will be a great time I'm looking forward to it cant wait to get back on the road! and bring some alcohol fueled carnage to you all...
and also our UK headlining tour is looking to be the biggest and best one yet!

"Take care everyone and see you all soon!"

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Ex-Pantera's Rex And Vinnie Play Together

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown performed with ex-PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul for the first time since 2001 at last night's (Dec. 31) GASOLINE gig at Hot Rods and Hoggs in Arlington, Texas. Rex joined Vinnie and the rest of the reactivated southern rock covers band for renditions of the PANTERA classics "Walk" and "Cowboys from Hell". You can check out the pictures on Damegeplan.net. More photos can also be found at RideForDime.com.

GASOLINE's lineup had previously included late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and PUMPJACK vocalist Thurber T. Mingus. GASOLINE were expected to play a set of covers by such artists as TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY and PAT TRAVERS. Also appearing on the bill were local cover band STRANGE BREW.

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MTV Interview With Vinnie Paul Abbott

MTV News reports: December 8 marks the one-year anniversary of one of the most grim and bizarre tragedies in music history — the onstage shooting death of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. In the past year, friends and fans have talked at length about Dime's influence and spirit, but the man who knew him best — his brother and bandmate Vinnie Paul — has been largely silent. Recently, however, Vinnie sat down with MTV News' Robert Mancini for his first on-camera interview since losing his brother. He recalled a different side of a true metal giant, and helped to remember the talent and the kindness that was Dime as fans mark the anniversary of his death. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

MTV: A lot of folks, the first image that they get of Dimebag is of this really open and good-natured guy who's always up for a party, but he really took music seriously too and was very much a student of his craft, right?

Paul: He was a perfectionist. I know because I was in the studio with him every record we made, I co-produced all the records with Terry Date. He was like, "Man, I've done a thousand bands and I've never seen anybody like your brother sit there and want to get the guitar as hot as it gets, take 20 leads and decide, 'You know what? All those suck. Let's start over and go again.' " He just was a perfectionist, and he was never afraid to experiment. That's something that always blew my mind. You know a lot of people learn certain places on the neck or certain things, and he was really great at accepting other people's ideas. He never said, "Naw, this is my way. This is the way I'm gonna do it." He'd say, "Aw, OK, let me try it, let me see if I could do it the way you're talking about." And a lot of magic came from that, you know, because he just was never afraid to try other things. He was never afraid of people making fun of him, and he wasn't afraid to fail. He would go for it, and if it didn't work, he was the first person that knew.

MTV: That's what you hear so much about him — you hear a lot about that spirit and that energy. And it's so evident in the scope of the reaction to his death and the number of people who say he impacted them.

Paul: It was heartwarming to see all the people that really respected everything he did, all the people that he touched, in particular the bands that toured with us. So many of them learned to have a good time on the road from him and from our family and everything we did on the road, and he truly touched millions and millions and millions of people and he will continue to forever.

MTV: It's also remarkable how many fans he had direct interaction with, and how many people were connected to him that way. What was it like to see that on the road, to watch him with the fans?

Paul: He never turned a fan down. He knew the minute he came off that bus everybody expected the wild and crazy Dime that they saw in the videos, that they saw onstage, that they came to see, you know? I remember the night before this horrible stuff happened we played in Buffalo, New York, and me and Dime loved gambling. Anytime there was a casino, we wanted to go gamble. And we got on the bus after we did everything with the fans and everything and I said, "Hey, man, let's go to Niagara Falls. Let's go gambling." And he's like, "Man, I'm smoked. I've gotta go to bed. I just gotta rest up, we've got these last two shows. I'll catch you tomorrow." I'm like, "OK." So we take off, we go to the casino, we're having a blast and all that. About two hours later the bus comes to pick us up, and I hop on and there's Dime in the front lounging with seven or eight fans, and they're all doing shots. And I'm like, "I thought you were smoked, man, and going to bed." He goes, "I couldn't let these people down, man. They wanted to f---ing party, so I brought them on the bus." That's how he was, man, he never came first. He was exactly what people thought he was and then some.

MTV: This whole thing must be such a long and difficult process. What was the key thing that you needed to go through to make this a little easier to even just start talking about it?

Paul: Time. That's all it is ... time, man. And it still feels like it's a couple days before December 8 last year. I mean, I've never had a year in my life go by this fast where it just felt like it was null, empty, unproductive, no goals, no future and just unimaginable sadness, you know? I've just had a lot of amazing friends and the support from all the fans, and that's been a big help. That's been a big help, so somehow or another we'll make it through this. I'm going to do everything I can to ensure that Dime's legacy lives on as long as it can, and at some point I'll get on with doing my thing too.

MTV: Is there a thought that sticks with you more than anything else? Not necessarily a memory of him, but sometimes when you go through something like this, something will run over and over in your head.

Paul: Probably the truest phrase that anyone came up with was [Dean Guitars founder] Dean Zelinksy, whom he had an amazing relationship with — Dean did all his guitars. He said, "He came to rock, and he rocked like no other." And that's all there is to it, man. That puts a smile on my face every time I hear it because it's true. No truer words were ever spoken.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Alrosa Villa Sued For Inadequate Security

Attorney Gerald Leeseberg, who represents "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's brother/bandmate, DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul, and by DAMAGEPLAN tour manager Chris Paluska and drum tech John Brooks, has confirmed to MTV.com that the trio have filed a lawsuit against the Columbus, Ohio, club where Dimebag was killed.

"The central allegation of the lawsuit is that there was inadequate security provided at the music venue given the nature and size of the crowd and previous incidents at the club involving criminal activity," Leeseberg told MTV.com cited police and media reports about earlier incidents at the metal club Alrosa Villa involving criminal activity, fighting, handguns and the firing of weapons.

On December 8, 2004 ex-Marine Nathan Gale rushed the stage at the club and opened fire with a 9mm gun, killing Dimebag, DAMAGEPLAN bodyguard Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, fan Nathan Bray and club worker Erin Halk, and injuring two — Paluska and Brooks.

Leeseberg said one of the other claims in the suit is that the security that was provided performed "horribly" in that they were aware of Gale's suspicious behavior prior to the shooting. "They watched him scale the security fence and gain access to the club and for reasons to be determined, he was allowed to go through the crowd and begin firing a weapon," Leeseberg said. "He was carrying a weapon and 50 rounds of ammunition, all of this with the knowledge of security that this individual was behaving strangely and they did nothing to stop him."

Leeseberg said the suit cites an incident eight months earlier in nearby Cincinnati in which security at a venue where DAMAGEPLAN were playing identified Gale as a suspicious person and subdued him. In that incident, at the venue Bogart's, Gale was dragged off the stage during a DAMAGEPLAN show on April 8, 2004 after he caused nearly $2,000 in damage to stage lights and other equipment during a struggle with police.

At the Alrosa Villa, eyewitnesses said Gale had been acting strangely before the show, first blocking the club's parking lot exit with his car, then pacing back and forth on the Villa's front lawn as the opening act played.

Leeseberg said the suit argues that steps could have been taken to intervene and stop Gale and that a metal detector at the front door would have deterred people with guns from coming into the venue. "If you have a gun, you wouldn't go through a metal detector," he told MTV.com. "And if you are mentally ill and don't appreciate that if you have a gun it will go off, you will get caught."

However, Gale, who had a history of mental illness, did not enter the club through the front door, where a metal detector might have been placed. He jumped a low wall near the back and entered through a stage door after rushing by security guards. Leeseberg said that in allowing Gale to illegally enter the club, security failed to do its job. "They are supposed to stop that because security guards saw him do that [climb the fence]," he said. "One of the security guards said that he didn't want to mess with him [Gale] because he was a big dude."

Because of Ohio laws governing civil damages, the lawsuit seeks more than $25,000 in damages, though Leeseberg speculated that the actual amount of compensatory damages a jury could award the Abbott family and Paluska and Brooks for economic losses and pain and suffering would likely be "substantially" higher. In addition to waiting for the final, 600-page police report on the incident, Leeseberg said December 8 was also chosen as a date to file the suit for symbolic reasons.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Hard Rock/Metal Musicians Remember Dimebag Darrell

MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:

David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."

Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."

Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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ex-Manager: Anselmo 'Was Beyond Anybody's Control'

In the February 2006 issue of Revolver magazine (web site), several of PANTERA's former business associates recount the band's amazing rise to the status of the biggest extreme metal act in the world and the circumstances that led to their eventual break-up.

Though it would be unfair to blame PANTERA's demise directly on vocalist Philip Anselmo's side band DOWN, it's clear that the project — as well as Anselmo's many other projects, like SUPERJOINT RITUAL — became another snowball in the avalanche of bad feeling that eventually overwhelmed the band. Certainly, the lack of direct communication between Anselmo and the Abbott brothers (Darrell and Vince) also had something to do with it, as did the "he said/they said" salvos that were fired back and forth between the two camps — with bassist Rex Brown caught in the middle — via interviews in print magazines and online publications.

"Really, it was just a complete lack of communication [within PANTERA], and the wrong things being said at the wrong time," offers Kim Zide-Davis, who joined the band's management team a few months after the group's "Far Beyond Driven" CD came out. "Philip doesn't have a real understanding that he needs to be careful of who he says what to, and how people can misconstrue what he's saying. It got to the point where I'd come into the office and Phil was out on tour with DOWN or SUPERJOINT RITUAL and had just said something else. Honestly, it was gut-wrenching.

"I spent the better part of the last three years [with PANTERA] working with them on and off, trying to keep them from disintegrating. The brothers were ready to go, and so was Rex. But Philip was beyond anybody's control."

"I blame the media for making a circus out of the fact that there were a few things I wanted to get out of my system, and we were going to take a break," says Anselmo today. "The media blew this 'we hate each other' thing up to the sky."

But while the "who broke up PANTERA" argument can (and probably will) rage well into the next millennium, the premature death of Dimebag Darrell ultimately renders it moot. Though drummer Vinnie Paul has vehemently stated that he and his brother would have never participated in a PANTERA reunion, Brown would like to think otherwise. "Maybe somewhere down the road we would've smoothed stuff out — the four of us getting together in a room and beating the shit out of each other or whatever," he says. "We can’t do that now. All that we can do now is move on and do the best we can and try to preserve the legacy that we built, and at least keep Dime's musical legacy alive."

The February 2006 issue of Revolver magazine — containing a lengthy interview with Anselmo and comments from many of the group's longtime associates — will hit newsstands on December 6.

Blabbermouth.net has assembled a series of links on the war of words that contributed to PANTERA's eventual demise.

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