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Damageplan Singer Speaks Out About Dimebag's Death

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DAMAGEPLAN frontman Patrick Lachman has spoken exclusively to Fuse "Uranium" host Juliya about the shooting incident earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio that left five people dead, including DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. In a brief interview conducted on the day (Dec. 14) of the public memorial service for Abbott in Arlington, Texas, Lachman said:

"I want people to understand that the reason that we're all here is because of Dimebag — I mean, he brought us all together. But there were people that sacrificed everything, including their own fucking lives, to try and protect him, to try and protect us. Jeff Thompson — 'Mayhem,' as everyone knows him. He was our personal security, but more importantly, he was a good friend to all of us. And he even stated, 'I'd take a bullet for you.' The way he said it, it rolled off his back, like, 'I'd take a bullet for ya.' And he kept his word. He gave our fucking band everything we ever wanted, including his fucking life to save ours. It's pretty fucking amazing. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to take care of the people that he loved. He's part of the family.

"So many other heroic things happened that night.

"Our tour manager, Chris Paluska, tried to stop the guy that created this nightmare, took a bullet in the chest. Pretty fucking brave thing to do. I put him on the fucking stretcher myself. That was the only thing that I could do, you know.

"John Graham, a.k.a. Bushman, a.k.a. Pete High, saved Vinnie Paul's life, pushed him down to the floor, jumped on top of him like a goddamned CIA, fucking Secret Service agent. That's why Vinnie Paul's alive today. Thank you.

"John Brooks, a.k.a. The Kat, everybody knows. Best dude. Fucking saved so many lives. Took three fucking bullets and lived to fucking tell about it. Bad motherfucker.

"An innocent fucking person, a fan from the audience, tried to come up and help, took a bullet [and] died.

"A security guard that worked for the venue in Columbus took a bullet and died.

"These people should not be forgotten. It's not just about Dime. But Dime brought us all together, and he will always be remembered."

Watch a video clip containing Lachman's statement at this location (Windows Media).

Source: blabbermouth

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1. ravenous writes:

pretty amazing.....

# Dec 29, 2004 @ 1:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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i'd take a bullet for dimebag he was teh greatest freaken guitarist ever who wouldn't? besides some p***y

# Dec 29, 2004 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. mudpitsoul@yahoo.com writes:

my whole life poeple have judged me for my music,my style of clothing and my outlook on the world.dimes music gave me hope,strength in my dark times and a soundtrack for the best moments in my life.now i hear those same peoples voices in my mind.this tragedy is not what metal is all about.this music has a stigma attatched to it and has for so long that sometimes i think maybe we are just a bunch of phsyco alchoholics with pissy attitudes.but when i get down in the front row and i look beside me and i see faces with no fear of rejection written on them and i see people who have to run to class just so some prick wont have a chance to stomp on them or their dads kick their a$$ at night I BELIEVE IN THIS MUSIC!to me its the rally cry for those people like myself who just dont fit in the mainstream AMERICAN way of thinking and lifestyle.until the world wakes up,until the day when an american president lives up to his promises i promise you all,every one of my disposessed brothers and sisters i will keep one fist in the air for all o us.you do the same.

# Dec 30, 2004 @ 2:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brokenwings13 writes:

yeah, unfortunety people (i.e. Grim and that other fart) are thinking of metal as this bad thing, it's not. I hope they realize what metal is and is not.

Hey mudpitsoul! I'm sending you an email!

# Dec 30, 2004 @ 8:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. kurt writes:

I met dime bag and internviewed him at a NAMM show a few years back. He was a typical Leo Horse/cool dude. He was down to earth, but had an emense amount of experience in the music business. One could tell chatting with him for a few minutes. Only a few are eligible enought to keep up with his karma. Yes, he was cool. He was exactly the WRONG PERSON to kill.
All in all Dimebag, from a dog gemini to a leo horse, "I think it was a good day to die, you and I understand you were the WRONG PERSON to kill, but karmic paths were crossed."

The rest of us will keep treading water until it's our turn.

I applaude the insanity of the moment when psycho Man made a decision to eliminate Dime quickly and efficiently. In my opinion the hit was accurate and predictable. The kill method eliminated the possibilities of Dime living life in a wheel chair with a severed spinal cord.

Equally impressive was the quickness the police eliminated psycho Man by a single shotgun round to his head. No one in the club, or any musician friends of mine, would have allowed him to live after killing Dime. It was fitting and necessary that pieces of psycho Man's scull and brain were splattered against the bar wall.

To Patrick Lachman, thanks for the thoughtful essay about the other souls who shared Dime's karma.
Negative and Positive have become equal again.

It was cold and raining that day.
It's still raining... Do you hear the sound of the water drops on the roof?

# Dec 31, 2004 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. cc666 writes:

all i can say is man words can't express what i am feeling right now after watching both lachman staement and phil's. the world we live in really stinks. late.
Aaron.

# Jan 12, 2005 @ 3:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. LOK HIMMM writes:

What i have to say now isn't bold, isn't loud, and better not be seen as an oppurtunity to start bullsh** like the anselmo video thread. this statement from patrick just goes to show what caliber of people live in our metal world. people who stand up for each other regardless of what might happen to them. people who are good friends, good husbands, good fathers, who died for what they believed was right. if not for one lunatic with serious issues, all of these people would still be rocking with us to this very day. the only good that can come from something such as this, is the fact that now more good people will stand and take up the metal cause. this was all a terrible terrible event, and though nathan f**king d**khead gale may have wounded metal, he in no way, shape, or form, killed metal. i'm kinda choked up right now so i'll shut up for a while and smoke a bowl for our comrads lost. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 12, 2005 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brad writes:

you are so gay

# Jan 12, 2005 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. LOK HIMMM writes:

STICK TO THE SUBJECT, BROTHER, SH*T TALKERS ARE OVER ON THE ASELMO THREAD. HAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHA! HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 12, 2005 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. morningstar writes:

dude, i would claim him for a brother.

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. morningstar writes:

by the way, you should write a book with all you comments in it.

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. LOK HIMMM writes:

HEY, LOT OF SPARE TIME. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 11:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. NEANDERFOOT writes:

DIME'S DEATH WAS AN INDESCRIBABLE TRAGEDY. WE WERE ALL INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC HE CREATED. "BLACK TOOTH GRIN" WAS WRITTEN TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE GREATEST GUITARISTS OF OUR TIME AND TO CELEBR4ATE THE INFLUENCE HE HAD ON US AS MUSICIANS, AS WELL AS THE CONTRIBUTION HE MADE TO METAL AND THE MUSIC SCENE IN GENERAL.

# Jan 22, 2005 @ 12:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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