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12.09.2004

Dimebag

I don't know what to say about this. Ex-Pantera and current (until now) Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrel Abbot, was shot at point-blank range, and killed, while onstage performing with Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio. At least two other people were also killed before the gunman was killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the shooting began. This happened 24 years to the day after John Lennon was shot and killed in New York city.

I've been a Pantera fan since I heard their second (major label) album Vulgar Display of Power sometime in 1992; unfortunately I'd never heard Damageplan until this morning, when the radio station to which I was listening played a clip from a song after a news item about the shooting. Damageplan was formed by Dimebag and his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, also ex-Pantera. The clip was excellent, and it makes me just that much more sad that I didn't even know about this band until this happened. I think the news broadcast I heard this morning also said Vinnie had been killed, but based on the AP article it looks like that's not the case.

(Official Damageplan website.)

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