In a recent interview with Music Mania Magazine, SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera was asked to share his thoughts on the murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott."It took everyone by surprise and I still find it hard to believe that it really went down like that," Max said. "I just saw Dimebag and Vinnie less then a month before this all happened. We were in Texas with SOULFLY. They both came to the show and it was really good to see them. I have toured with them many times and he was a really friendly person. . . He was a really good-hearted person and that's why I think it's difficult for me to understand how anyone could do this. The way I see it, I like to look at the positive side, he died doing what he loved. He had a guitar in his hand and that was his life. If I had a chance to ask God how I would like to go out, that would be one of the ways."
Asked to share a story about Dimebag, Max said, "I have really great memories back in the SEPULTURA days when there was heavy drinking with those guys. Unbelievable amounts of liquor and I don't know how we didn't end up in the hospital on that tour. Also I toured with them again with SOULFLY. I remember the first day of the tour Dimebag knew I loved camouflage pants and he presented me with a pair. I thought it was a really nice gesture. I wear the pants a lot. I remember he had a tattoo on his leg of a thing called, blacktooth. It's some kind of drink.
"My brother actually designed it. It was a little head of a guy and he actually tattooed it and I couldn't believe anyone would do a tattoo of that. It was crazy." In the same interview, Max was asked if he would ever consider rejoining SEPULTURA if he had the chance. "No, I believe things happen for a reason and I see that as a great time in my life that I did something, but I see SOULFLY as being a new chapter," he said. "I go with the philosophy of going forward and never backwards." Read Max Cavalera's entire interview with Music Mania Magazine at this location.