Dimebag Darrell Remembered By Fans and Musicians on His Ninth Death Anniversary

Guitar legend killed on stage in Columbus nine years ago.

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Yesterday (December 8) marked the ninth anniversary Dimebag Darrell's murder. The guitar icon was shot on stage during a 2004 Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio, leaving the rock world devastated. Considered as one of the groove metal fathers, Dimebag founded Pantera in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul on drums. His death ranks among the genre's biggest losses ever. Darrell was remembered by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford during a 2011 Revolver magazine interview. The metal god confessed "crying his eyes out" upon hearing of about tragic event, placing late Dime among the ultimate axe greats. "His interpretation of the song, his phrasing [and] the feel was unique," Halford said. "Let's face it. You look at rock and roll - you've got Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix [and] Eddie Van Halen. I'm just going through a list off the top of my head, you obviously got Dimebag. All of those guitar players have been very influential to not only music but specifically to other guitar players around the world. There's no doubt that Dimebag's impression was just monumental. If you took Dimebag out of the equation, metal would sound totally different right now, without a doubt it would, definitely." Marking this year's anniversary, rock musicians posted their tributes via Twitter. Check them out below.

On this day 9 years ago my best friend was taken from me!Hope all of you remember & honor my brother on this day! VP pic.twitter.com/gaWNlC8qyI

— Pantera (@Pantera) December 8, 2013

……. #Dime pic.twitter.com/zuC3AlVxtK

— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) December 8, 2013

Isn't a Day Goes By I Don't Think of Your Greatness ST.DIME... tBLSt SDMF tDIMEt pic.twitter.com/3unXoMBK0r

— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) December 8, 2013

Download '04. RIP brother. #Dimebag http://t.co/aw5F6CEKTQ

— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) December 8, 2013

Remembering our brother today.... #RIPDimebagDarrell pic.twitter.com/nkukvr7HkR

— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) December 8, 2013

Today marks the loss of John Lennon & Darrell Abbott (aka Dimebag). Dark day in rock history. Walked by the Dakota on 72nd, thought of both.

— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) December 9, 2013

Dec 8th is always a sad day...two amazing musicians and people taken from us way too soon. #RIPJohn #RIPDime pic.twitter.com/8pMoUOUsvf

— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) December 8, 2013

Can't believe it was 9 years ago. Dimebag you are never forgotten. @Pantera @hellyeahband @DimebagzHag @Dimebaghardware #RIPDimebagDarrell

— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) December 8, 2013

A PIC FROM OUR SECOND OZZFEST. @Disturbed PLAYING @Pantera'S "WALK" WITH DIME AND VINNY. COURTESY OF @chadleephoto pic.twitter.com/D0m3nOto3x


As is the case every year on this day, my thoughts are with Vinnie and those close to the Abbott family. #NeverForgotten #Dimebag

— Chris Kael (@5FDPChrisKael) December 8, 2013

Last year we who love Dimebag were lucky enough to get one last Pantera song.... http://t.co/cSRGjpmgvk

— Anthrax (Band) (@Anthrax) December 9, 2013

It's been nine years already since Dime left us. Share your favorite riffs, stories and memories of the late guitar master in the comments.

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    It's been so long, but the memory remains... RIP to a genre-busting axe slinger. You still are missed by many.
    I know it's not really within the genre that people might like but John Connolly's (Sevendust)side project, Projected did a song about Dimebag. Apparently Dime was a close friend of his. Song is 12804 by Projected if ya wanna check it out!
    'The Ninth Anniversary of His Death' would have sounded better, this title makes it sound like UG is calling him a cat.. that aside, RIP Dime, you kicked so much ****ing ass
    So who remembers where they were when they heard Dime died?
    I honestly wasn't into rock/metal at that point in my life. I was eleven years old at the time. Only now do I realize how much of a friggin' monster he was on-stage, and how much of an influence he really is. Rest in peace, Dime. I will continue to Walk.
    Went to start my car on a cold morning, just to get it warmed up before going to work. Put the radio on and heard the news on a radio station. It was pretty gut wrenching because I grew up on Pantera and Dimebag, along with Iommi, is my favorite guitar player. My first guitar was his Washburn signature model. Felt like a pansy because I went inside my apartment and my wife had to console me a bit.
    I was 14 and was one of those weird kids who like to watch the news every day. The morning after his death, it was reported briefly on the news, CNN I think, and I was really shocked and upset. I remember listening for more details, but the announcement had a few pictures and an interview with a witness and that was it. Like it wasn't big news. I was pissed about that. I went to school that day and was very upset. Especially since nobody there really listened to metal but me and didn't know or care (I was "the weird emo chick" even though I didn't dress emo or listen to emo shit...) So I just listened to Pantera on my CD player during free times (because those were still a thing then) and went about my day wishing my classmates had better taste in music. I was really upset, I grew up with Pantera. My aunt listened to metal, and when I was really young, she would play Metallica on her guitar. I naturally listened to what she listened to and found a Pantera cassette she had, which was Cowboys from Hell. I listened to it over and over. I think I was 9 or so. Dime was the reason I picked up a guitar, and though I'm more into bass now, it wouldn't have happened at all without him.
    I was 11 and my friend and I were jamming some music while we were out camping. He took out a cassette tape and I remember seeing the cover and immediately thinking it was the coolest cover I had ever seen. It was Vulgar Display Of Power. At that point I was a Metallica fanboy. The first song I ever heard was Mouth For War. I literally sat speechless and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I'd never heard such heaviness with such a massive groove. But it was Dime that stole the show for me. When the solo kicked in my jaw nearly hit the floor. After that I vowed that I would one day pick up the guitar.
    unfortunately i had no idea who Dime was or what happened at the time. i would have been nine years old and just getting into music. i only wish i would've been a bit older and into metal so i maybe would've had an opportunity to see him play. RIP Dime
    I'm glad some people remembered John Lennon as well. RIP to both these great musicians
    Two nutters killing two great musicians on the same day years apart. It's very eerie. RIP Mr Lennon & Dimebag
    That's the most tragic thing about it, they were just two nutters killing famous musicians for no rhyme or reason other than the fact they were famous. May they both R.I.P and may their killers rot in prison.
    Two horrible losses on the same day. Dime will always be an inspiration to me not only guitar wise but with the way he lived life. He was always humble and such a giving person.
    R.I.P Dimebag Darrell, no one will ever replace you as the greatest metal guitarist ever.
    Dime will always be an inspiration to not only myself as a guitar player but as a person,,,unfortunately never got to meet him as so many others never did,may he always be remembered.Heres a black tooth grin in his honor, bottoms up!
    RIP Dimebag, pure badass and legendary guitarist. May you never be forgotten
    8th December should be something like "Dimebag Darrell's Day" so the whole world could officially celebrate Dime's life and achievements. His death crossed out any hopes for a reunion of one of the best heavy metal bands in history - PanterA. Sorrow fills me, because I've never seen him playing live. Rest in peace brother, you are an irreplaceable legend.
    That date marks the lose of a true guitar god. R.I.P. Dimebag. You have touched more people and musicians than you could ever know. Though you may be gone the Dimebag lives on in the hearts and souls of all headbangers out there. Truely you are shredding with angels now. Heres to Dimebag Darrel. One of thee gretest guitarists to ever take up an axe. R.I.P. Dimebag