The Loss of a Legend

Diamond Darrel 1966-2004

While some people may not classify Diamond “Dimebag” Darrel as a guitar “Legend”, I would. He was the guitarist of one of my favorite bands throughout the 90’s. He was shot dead by a crazed fan last Wednesday (December 8th 2004) night while performing with Damageplan.

I remember when I began playing guitar I spent hours practicing his unique riffs. They always had a strong blue-ish undertone while remaining distinctly metal. I would listen to my tapes of the first two Pantera CD’s many times over while delivering pizza.

I have never idolized any celebrity, but Diamond Darrel’s guitar prowess has always impressed me. His death is a great loss.