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Dimebag's 'Final' Interview Published In Guitar World Legends Collectors' Issue

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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.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Hawkinz writes:

Damn right Dime!! RIP

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2. jp writes:

dime is one man who knows what the hell hes talkin about

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3. CC666 writes:

f***IN RIGHT!!! I JUST PICKED UP TWO COPIES. ONE TO READ AND THE OTHER IS GOING TO PUT IN A PLASTIC SLEEVE AND AIN'T GOING TO SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY FOR A LONG TIME. I AM ON A MISSION TO GET AS MANY TRIBUTE MAGS AS POSSIBLE. DIME, PHIL, VINNIE, AND WE CAN'T FORGET REX, ARE HANDS DOWN THE BEST BAND f***IN PERIOD.

CC666

# Feb 15, 2005 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. George from Australia writes:

Dear metal fans worldwide,

You might remember me from a few posts back. I just want to thank those who have given Phil courage and hope through this very difficult time. Let us not forget that beyond the image, beyond all the bias and opinions in heavy metal magazines, Dimebag Darrell was a wonderful human being. He loved Phil and Phil loved him. Sure they had their differences in the end; bitter words were exchanged and Dimebag was in another band. However, let us not forget that nobody is hurting right now like Phil Anselmo. His dear friend was murdered in cold blood (as was a a road crew member and fans) by a psychopath hell-bent on revenge. What is ironic was that this happened whilst Dimebag was on stage playing his beloved guitar. Dimebag was like a brother to Phil. They created music together, they smoked pot together, they drank together, and they felt each other's pain. They gave each other support when one of them was feeling down. They had the greatest respect imaginable for each other and what happens? A deranged individual suffering from schizophrenia decides he will "do Phil a favour" and murder the so- called "traitor" Dimebag. Let me tell you, he did not do Phil any favours. He merely tore a hole deep in his soul. His dear friend is just a memory now, blown apart by a madman. I just know that Dimebag is now in God's hands. He was a man who entertained us all for many years with his incredible virtuoso guitar playing. What gives the murderer the right to take away a wonderful man who just wanted to play his guitar and entertain fans? Phil needs all our support right now. As for those who think they can put him down, think again. If you think you are better than him, why don't you get on stage and prove your worth. He has proven not only his ability in music, but also his ability to show compassion, to forgive and to love. He loved Dimebag from the bottom of his heart. Phil and Dimebag will be back on stage some day, I promise! Phil has lost a friend, and we all need to reach out and offer our support. Imagine how you would feel if you lost your friend. I feel that Darrell was my friend. I still have nightmares. I am in utter disbelief of what has happened. I always ask why?

Rock on Phil. You are a genius and you are also a victim in this terrible tragedy. As for you Darrell, rest in peace my dear friend. We all love you......

God Bless,

George from Australia


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5. Dan writes:

Damn straight, it's not like P ever wanted Dime dead. I can't stand how some people are so closed minded, so one sided, they can't see past the death of this great man. I ran into Dime at Costco's weekend before memorial day. The guy was so nice and thoughtful, signing autographs, he invited us all to his house in Ag-town to go party and grill out on Memorial day '04. I couldn't make it, although I have been in his house plenty of times. Back to the point, we definitely didn't wish for Dime, or Nathan, Jeff or Erin, anyone to die, why the hell would we have wished for Gale's family to die? That's f***in morbid. Anyways this Cowboy From Hell is one dude I can't wait to mosh to when I get up there...

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6. iron head writes:

pantera was the greatest f***ing metal band ever. I cried like a b**** when I heard about Dime. I had to drink boose until I almost forgot about it. If it wasn't for guys like Dime I woun't be playing music today. It was an awful thing that happened but I don't think that Dime would have wanted his fans to sit and morn about it.

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Sara666 writes:

The morning I woke up and turned on the news.......half blurry eyed and half listening when I heard the words.............I thought no it can't be real. Until I sat and watched.
I remebered back when I met Dime backstage at a Pantera show way back in Worcester,MA. He was the nicest, down home guy. He invited my friends and I to stay and party after the meet and greet. We did and I will never forget it. My most prized thing from that night is a poster that he ripped and he said........"let me fix it" and then he signed the part that he ripped! That just shows what kind of guy he was. He will be missed for there really isn't any bands out there with as much carisma as he had!.................................................Watch it Go!!!!!!!

# Feb 25, 2005 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. HIMMM writes:

AS SOMEONE WHO HAS PARTIED WITH PANTERA TOO MANY TIMES TO REMEMBER GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE EARLY AND MID 80'S, I CAN SAY THEY WERE THE COOLEST BUNCH OF MOTHERFU*KERS EVER.(all except terry, that is.) DIME WAS REAL DOWN TO EARTH AND TREATED EVERYBODY EQUAL, NEVER GETTING THE EGO-TRIP A LOT OF TOP MUSICIANS GET. R.I.P. BROTHER, WE'LL MEET AGAIN. MAY NATHAN GALE BE GETTING FU*KED BY A GAY DEMON IN HELL AS WE SPEAK. HIMMM!!!!

# Feb 25, 2005 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. N. of the border writes:

So obviously not a freak incident. Darrell was 38 when it happened and the gunman was trying to make a point (whatever the F*** that was). Make you think of a .38 special? On to the future (and may it be good) for Vinnie. They're father was a musician you know.

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10. CC666 writes:

HEY EVERYONE. THAT MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WAS THE COOLEST. DIME IS GOD.....HAIL METAL.

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