In a recent interview with King Hesh, AMERICAN DOG bassist Michael Hannon revealed that "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's killer, Nathan Gale, frequently attended AMERICAN DOG shows in Ohio. Excerpts from the interview follow:
King Hesh: Now what do you think about that whole Dimebag incident, dude?
Michael Hannon: "That's a shame. You know it's funny. That guy that shot Dimebag came to all of our shows in Marysville."
King Hesh: No way dude!!!
Michael Hannon: "He was from Marysville, Ohio. He's a… I remember him sitting on a floor and he would start taking his clothes off. The guy was obviously… you know, had some serious mental problems."
King Hesh: (interjects) Well, his mom knew he had mental problems.
Michael Hannon: "We played at this place in Marysville, Ohio. A [place] called the Lee Dog's Locker Room Saloon. And he lived catty-corner to it. Right across the street by this, uhhh, tattoo parlor. And, uhhh, he'd come to all our shows, all our stuff. He was a… he was a rock 'n' roll dude. He loved it. He was an ex-Marine. And it was just… the guy was off his medication. You couldn't tell me… He would sit there and just start taking his clothes off."
Hannon also offered his opinion on the mainstream media blaming "metal" music for fueling Nathan Gale's anger:
Michael Hannon: "It wasn't the music. He was off his medication. He was a trained killer, he went to the fucking Marines, you know. Yeah, I mean… There's idiots everywhere. And probably the guys just… like, like any of these vultures, or lawyer or anything. The guy is just try feeding off a disaster…. Some guy got shot. And some guy's writing to try to get his name in the press. He doesn't give a damn about anybody but himself. He's trying to get his name in the press. So fuck him! Ignore him and he'll go away."
He also answered a question relating to his awareness of being on stage and whether he is paranoid of someone coming on stage and doing harm to him:
Michael Hannon: "Well, what are you gonna do? You can't live your life in fear, dude. You know. If somebody shoots you, somebody shoots you. Seriously, I mean… I play fuckin' biker shows every other night."