I guess it's obvious that I'm a Pantera fan
, because my inbox was flooded this morning with links to this story
Dimebag Darrell, guitarist for Pantera and Damageplan, was one of at least four people fatally wounded during a bizarre shooting at a concert in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday night.
Dimebag, formerly known as Diamond (back in the Pantera glam days), whose real name was Darrell Abbot, was the brother of Damageplan/Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul and the son of country singer Jerry Abbott.
It's a bizarre kind of story. Not only did the gunman intentionally single out and kill Darrell, but he shot blindly into the audience, killing three people. The gunman himself was killed, so we'll probably never know what made this guy freak out.
And I'm sure I'll get a lot of "who the fuck cares?" comments/emails, and they'll all be deleted. Because, as a fan of his work, I care.
According to the Damageplan message boards, a bassist from the opening band tried to shield Darrell and was shot. Also, they are reporting that another member of Damageplan, Pat Lachman, has died and one of the other victims was a security guard.
DJ had just picked up a Guitar magazine last week that came with a DVD of Dimebag giving guitar tips. He was in awe of Darrell's talents.
R.I.P. Dimebag - you will be missed.
has more on the story, over at Blogcritics.
Update: I can't confirm the death of Lachman - there's a lot of conflicting reports. NBC4i
seems to be keeping up with the breaking news. The Damageplan website has apparently been overloaded, and is down for the count, as is almost every Pantera fansite and message board.
See also, Say Uncle
, Diggers Realm
, Six Meat Buffet.
just came on my Launchcast station. Damn. This is really upsetting.
The gunman has been identified as Nathan Gale, 25, of the Marysville area northwest of Columbus.
And I swear, if this starts a news wave of "your children are not safe at rock concerts!" stories, I will go ballistic.
Dave Mustaine on Darrell
Martin Poppoff on Darrell
Read more about Darrell here
, and why he was such an influential guitarist.
More on Dimebag here.
Police say gunman had hostage when he shot Dimebag.
There's a rumor going around that the gunman killed Darrell because he was upset over the break up of Pantera. He shot the wrong guy, then. Just saying.
I'm not going to believe this until I see some proof of it, like friends or family who knew the guy went batshit when Pantera officially broke up. And even if it's true, I don't understand why he blames Dimebag when Phil is the one whose ego and death-defying drug habit ruined the band.
Dallas Stars issue statement
(Pantera were huge hockey/Stars fans)
Tons to read over at Zakk Wylde's message board
Words from Scott Ian