R.I.P Darrell “Dime Bag” Abbott

I Want to say it is so shit; it’s so sad that Dime Bag (Darrell) was shot dead. I knew Darrell from his days with Pantera.   Dime bag was such a fun dude!

                         Dime Bag getting a rub down and above left, Dime Bag all dressed up in the Sage Club on Rock Night, me in the middle and Vinnie on the right.

I showed them around Berlin for a few days and it proves my hunch, the harder the man looks, the sweeter he is. The US should not make it so easy for people to get guns, when will they learn (Lincoln, JFK, Lennon, now Dime Bag- as well as millions of other senseless shootings). This makes us the laughing stock of the world, how everyone just goes around shooting people if they feel like it.

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot during a performance, was a frenetic, ear-shattering guitarist whose riffs for the Grammy-nominated Pantera and more recently Damageplan were a heavy-metal staple. He was 38.

Abbott was shot to death as he took the stage Wednesday with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

Three other people also were fatally shot before a police officer shot the gunman to death.

The deaths shook the heavy-metal music industry, and fans flooded Web sites to share their shock.

“I’m absolutely beside myself with grief. I can’t for the life of me understand why someone would do this,” said Ozzy Osbourne, who often toured with Pantera.

Mark Hunter, lead singer of the metal band Chimaira, said Abbott “changed the way metal music was written with his guitar playing. I don’t know anybody in a band who hasn’t stolen a few guitar riffs from him.”

A fan posting on the band’s Web site read, “This is the worst day in metal history.”