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Dimebag Darrell

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(1966 – 2004)

Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as “Diamond” Darrell or “Dimebag” Darrell (August 20, 1966 - December 8, 2004) was an American guitarist. Best known as a founding member of the bands Pantera and Damageplan, he also performed in the country music band Rebel Meets Rebel. Abbott frequently appeared in guitar magazines and in readers’ polls, where he was often included in the top ten metal guitarist spots. In addition, he wrote a long-running Guitar World magazine column, which has been compiled in the book Riffer Madness. Remembered for his amiable nature and rapport with fans, critic Greg Prato describes Abbott as “one of the most influential stylists in modern metal.” On December 8, 2004, Abbott was murdered onstage during a Damageplan performance at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, US.

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He was born to Jerry Abbott, a country musician and producer. He took up guitar when he was in his early teens, winning a series of local guitar competitions, where in one he was awarded his first Dean (later known as the ML styled guitar.) Coincidentally, his father had bought him a cherryburst finish Dean (ML) standard the morning before the competition, so he only had a few hours of playing time on it. These and another contest prize, his first Randall Amplifier, are the two staples of his style and sound. As a child, Abbott became a member of the Kiss fan club (the KISS Army). He enlisted with his neighbor and later girlfriend Rita Haney, and the first rock concert they attended was a KISS performance.

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