Guitar Player Remembers Dimebag Darrell

January 1, 2005

San Mateo, CA - The staff at Guitar Player offers its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Guitar Player would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the influence Dimebag had on the guitar industry.

"To use his own words, Dimebag Darrell's style was 'The Full Meal Deal,'" said Guitar Player Associate Editor, Darrin Fox. "In a metal world dominated by rhythm-guitar simpletons and lead-guitar neophytes, Dimebag did it all with punishing riffs and whacked-out shred solos, harkening back to the glory days of metal when players such as Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen cultivated highly personal styles by covering all of the bases. Dimebag was one of the first players to popularize the DigiTech Whammy pedal, which influenced bands such as Korn and Rage Against the Machine, and his bludgeoning 'scooped mid' rhythm tone has become the defacto sound for a generation of metal guitarists. Like every great guitar hero, Dimebag deftly merged his influences with his own musical personality and vision, only to emerge with an instantly identifiable style."

On the heels of the 24th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, the loss of Dimebag is especially poignant. Wednesday night, Dec. 8, a gunman attacked the stage at the Alarosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, shooting and killing guitarist Dimebag, 38. Dimebag was one of heavy metals most notorious and skilled guitar players, having played a long tenure in the seminal speed-metal band Pantera, and most recently, Damageplan.

Guitar Player, the world's No. 1 guitar magazine, also announces that in honor of the influence Dimebag Darrell had on guitar playing, they are placing him on the cover of the February 2005 issue of Guitar Player to further honor his memory and his contribution in the evolution of guitar playing. The February issue goes on sale January 11, 2005. "Dimebag was a wildman, but he was also incredibly sweet and supportive to his fans," said Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda. "The he was the victim of such violence while he was onstage giving his all to an audience is ironic, sad, and senseless."


Guitar Player has a large amount of back issue articles on Dimebag Darrell Abbott. If you would like to speak to an editor to reference the copy, please contact the press contact listed below.

Laney Erokan
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