Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell:
"When Dime came on the scene with PANTERA, he changed the way heavy metal guitar was played. Noticeably more bone crunching and powerful. Now that he has left the stage, it is no longer a sacred ground to witness the sanctity of metal without the fear of bodily harm (other than getting hurt in a slampit).
"I am saddened, sickened and outraged by this cowardly act. This is a crime against all metalheads and music fans alike. Metal shows are supposed to be fun and Darrell was one of those who made it a lot of fun to go out to see live music. What a tragic end to a brilliant career and a great loss to everyone.
"Darrell was metal's finest, a warm person who would treat you like a bro, a brother, son, friend, and one of the true great guitar legends of all time.
"You have much love, support and will be sorely missed by the entire metal community. This is without a doubt the saddest day in metal. You will always be remembered.
"My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the families of all the victims, Vinnie Paul, Rita, the Abbotts, Patrick Lachman, Bobzilla, the tour manager and drum tech, crew, and all of the DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA fans and extended family to get through these dark and difficult times.
"Darrell, thanks for the great music, killer riffs, and inspiration you have given me and so many others to plug in and play it loud!
"Salute! And much respect."