UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night.

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Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many times. I'll always remember the signed guitar that he gave me at my 50th birthday party. My heart goes out to Dime's family, his fans and the other innocent victims who were killed in this senseless tragedy. It's just terribly, terribly sad."

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SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor: "He could take a riff that would take somebody a year to master and he could rip it off in seconds. He made everything look like he was playing 'Smoke on the Water' with one finger.

"He was one of the coolest people I've ever met. The guy just loved to laugh and he loved to make you laugh. And he loved to make you do something that you would never do in a million years. He was a guy that lived in the moment. His philosophy was, 'Let's do something that is gonna make us remember tonight for the rest of our lives.' And that's something I'm gonna fucking miss for the rest of mine."

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Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) (SLIPKNOT): "It's just upsetting how the world is — the need and the necessity to override the value of life. From my whole (SLIPKNOT) family, I would like to tell . . . Vinnie and everyone else how sorry we are."

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Rob Zombie: "I don't know exactly what to write concerning the death of Darrell. This is beyond shocking and horrible. I still can't believe it is true. I got the call from my manager Andy Gould, who, along with Walter O'Brien, used to manage PANTERA and WHITE ZOMBIE.

"During the early ninties WHITE ZOMBIE and PANTERA were constant touring partners and I had the pleasure of watching Darrell perform with PANTERA easily over a hundred times. For those of you who never saw him, he was without a doubt the most dynamic guitartist on the face of the planet. He was truly one of a kind. A legend.

"Off stage, he was a cool, down-to-earth guy with the most bizarre sense of humor ever, half the time I didn't even understand what the hell he was saying. He spoke a language all his own — Dimespeak.

"The last time I saw Darrell was with his brother Vinnie standing in the crowd rocking out at a METALLICA show. I never got a chance to see his new band, but I'm sure he was as amazing as always.

"No one can replace a giant talent like Darrell, he will be missed.

"My heart goes out to Phil, Rex and especially Vinnie."

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Jonathan Davis (KORN): "Darrell and PANTERA were one of the main reasons I joined a metal band. This is a tragic loss for the music community and to all who knew him. KORN is truly shaken and we want to send our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased."

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Abe Cunningham (DEFTONES): "We had the pleasure of touring three times with PANTERA. They treated us so well on the road. We had some great times hanging out with them. They treated us with open arms, especially the brothers [Dimebag and his brother, Vinnie Paul]. Darrell lived the music. We feel terrible, and our hearts go out to his family, brother and father. He was a legend in this business, and an unbelievable musician. He will be missed by all."

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METALLICA's Lars Ulrich: "This is unbelievable. To sit here and talk about Darrell in the past tense seems so wrong, so unfair, so unjust, I don't even know what to say. My heart goes out to Vinnie, to their families, to the other band members, and to the families and friends of the other people that were killed or injured, in this fucking senseless act of selfishness and stupidity.

"In 1985 I was fortunate enough to meet both Darrell and his brother in Dallas on tour. The first thing me and my friend did as soon as that tour was over, was to head straight back to Dallas and hang out with Darrell and Vinnie for a long time, cuz they were the coolest mutherfuckers that we had met after criss-crossing the states for three months. That was the beginning of a friendship that was anchored in love, respect, fun, outrageousness, music, booze, sweat, late nights, early mornings, hangovers, headaches, pounding eardrums, sore bodies... the list goes on.

"There's a tendency in these fucked up moments to use the word 'I' a lot and focus on one's own feelings of pity and shock... so instead let it just be known that thru these eyes Darrell was incredibly warm, open, fun, nutty, forthcoming, talented, embracing, unpretentious, accommodating and he always had a very attractive innocence about him that obviously made him never threatening and always welcoming.

"Darrell and his brother were the cornerstone of musical adventures that were always groundbreaking, pushing boundaries, challenging to themselves and to their fans, respected by their peers and always true musicians' musicians, and today the rock world is worse off because of this untimely and senseless waste.

"Much love and respect and thanks for letting me be a small part of your life and I know you are already having fun and throwing it down with Bon Scott, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Jimi, Cliff B., and the rest of the musicians and troublemakers that you are hanging with so prematurely."

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Fred Durst (LIMP BIZKIT): "Last night was the 9/11 for metal to me and the metal community. Not only did PANTERA inspire me to have the courage to express myself they were also one of my main motivations to form LIMP BIZKIT. I am sad beyond comprehension. I mourn for the loved ones of dimebag and the others murdered. a living legend has been taken from us. life has permanantly changed for me as of last night. I believe everything happens for a reason and in no way do i understand the reason for this. I will be forever in his debt. RIP Dimebag."

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ANTHRAX's Scott Ian: "After Eddie Van Halen, you had Dimebag Darrell. He was the next guy that came along and did something as original and important on guitar.

"He's the type of guy that would do anything for his friends. He really did put his family and his friends first, and for him everyone was his family. Once you came into contact with Dimebag and became friends with that guy, it was a sacred bond. Once you shared drinks with that guy, you became a part of his extended family."

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Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX): "WHY??????

"Dimebag brought the life out of everyone he met, why would anyone take his????

"My phone has been ringing off the hook, everyone asking if it was true?

"I didn't want to accept the reality, HOW COULD DARRELL BE GONE?

"I just saw him! and just listened to the message he left me today.

"I loved him, he was a true friend. The phone calls in the middle of the night, talking about this and that. Playing KING'S X or KISS licks over the phone. I remember this one time we were both going through these anxiety attacks. I never had them, nor did he. We were talking about how we stopped them. I quit drinking alcohol and coffee and he said that he started drinking MORE ALCOHOL! HAHAHA, that was him. I had some great times with him, he always put you in a good mood, DAMMIT! What the fuck is wrong with people?? How the fuck does someone get into a club with a loaded gun, HOW?? WHY??

"I thought for a minute about this — John Lennon was murdered the same way on the same DAY, some strange coincidence? (sorry, I'm delirious right now)

"This guy didn't wait till after the show, he did it on stage. How fucking horrific. All those people freaking out, watching this happen. This will change things for the music world. It won't be the same vibe at shows... this is scary.

"Dime was special, those who knew him would attest to that....

"My heart goes out to Vinnie and Rita as well as the others who were injured.

"Go play your PANTERA CDs or your DAMAGEPLAN CD.

"Remember him for his music and his guitar playing, he was the best!

"I love you bro', I'll miss your face.

"Give him a double. Whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

"Cryin' and sobbin'."

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Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL): "It just ain't fuckin right... Alcohol should have killed Dime, not a fuckin piece of shit worthless fuck with a gun trying to recreate the John Lennon's killing... This happened on the same day, if you didnt know... Dime will never die EVER!!! His style of guitar playing took metal to a whole new chapter in metal history.

"For those of us that were lucky enough to be around Dime as a person... or see him jam in no matter what band it was, you know he liked to have a good time... In his honor, crank up his fuckin music and get motherfuckin wasted on whiskey!!!!!!!

"And no matter what was said with all the shit talking between SUPERJOINT RITUAL and DAMAGEPLAN, that's all it was, nothing but talk!! If we had ever been in the same room together as both bands, it would have been cool… Kinda like seeing 'ole family....

"I'm sure there will be plenty of new rumors surfacing.....And fingers pointing at people to blame... But Philip [Anselmo, ex-PANTERA] and the rest of SUPERJOINT RITUAL are in a state of shock and blown away by this tragedy! We do not take this shit lightly... What this kid did is so fucked up its not even conceivable. May you burn in the hottest corners of hell you pistol packin pussyfuck...

"R.I.P Dimebag. You rocked harder than you will ever know!!!!"

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Gary Holt (EXODUS): "I am, for the first time in my life, at a loss for words. The terrible reality of last night's tragedy is starting to sink in, and I am in a deep state of mourning over the loss of one of my personal guitar heroes, on stage and off, Dimebag Darrell.

"When my friend Walter called me with the news last night, I had to make him repreat every word when he was finished. It was just too much to believe. I had to be some sort of stupid, cruel rumor. But it was not. And so begins heavy metal's darkest day.

"I'll never forget when EXODUS, along with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, had the honor of taking PANTERA out on their first U.S. tour. And I will never forget standing there, along with Rick Hunolt, watching Darrell play during their first soundcheck, just totally ripping GARY MOORE's 'Still Got the Blues'. Rick and I knew this cat was something special. And he reminded us of it every night. He was a wildman, able to drink people under the table and still go out there and shred, never hitting a bad note. He was the first guitarist I'd ever seen who actually frightened me, he was so fucking good! And most guys with that kind of talent wear their guitars like a bib and spend their off time indulging in role playing games, but Dimebag was a monster of the best and highest caliber. Only Zakk Wylde could compete with Dimebag in that respect.

"My deepest condolences go out to Vinnie and his family. I am so sorry for your loss, and I will not even try to pretend I have any idea what you must be going through right now. The metal world is behind you, we are all behind you.

"Dimebag, rest in peace bro, this blacktooth is for you."

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DISTURBED: "It is with the utmost despair that we extend our condolences to the family and many friends of one of the greatest guitar players to ever walk the face of this earth, Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Not only was he an inspiration to anyone who ever picked up a guitar, but he was one of the most genuine, big-hearted individuals you would ever have the pleasure of meeting. Dime loved to have a good time, and was never satisfied until everyone else around him was having one too. We are all still in an utter state of shock, refusing to believe that he is truly gone. Instead of focusing on the incredibly ugly demise of his death, let us remember the joy and strength he brought to all of us while he was alive.

"To Rita, Vinnie Paul, and all of those who loved him so much, we extend our most heartfelt condolences. We'll have a double black tooth in your honor brother. You will never be forgotten."

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LIFE OF AGONY: "Today is a sad day for music. LIFE OF AGONY are extremely distraught over last night's insane tragedy which took the life of DAMAGEPLAN's Dimebag Darrell. The band's hearts go out to the Abbott family as well as the entire DAMAGEPLAN camp. Dime, you will never be forgotten. We are all just speechless over here."

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HATEBREED: "Right now, we like so many are in complete disbelief and shock at the horrific murder of our friend, hero and brother Dimebag Darrell.

"Our deepest and most sincere condolences to Rita, Vinnie and all of his bandmates, family and friends. May our love and prayers be with you in this horrible time.

"Dime was one of the most amazing, generous, talented, funny, charismatic and caring people we have ever met. Some of the greatest times of our lives were spent with him and we will never forget his zest for life and generosity. Thank you, Dime. The world will never be the same without you. Your contributions to music and to all of our lives are invaluable and will never be forgotten. We love you bro.

"Today we mourn with all of the PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN fans around the world but tonight we are gonna play our asses off like Dime would have wanted us to!"

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SKINLAB: "Today has got to be one of the darkest days ever. To wake up and realize the news we all recieved yesterday was real. I can hardly believe it. Dime was a huge inspiration on us all in SKINLAB not only as an awesome person, but as a guy who was always there for his fans 100%. He will be extremely missed. Our deepest condolences to all of DAMAGEPLAN and the families of everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. R.I.P., brother ... See you on the other side!"

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OPETH: "The members of OPETH want to express their shock and sorrow in light of the recent tragic death of PANTERA / DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Condolences goes out to his family and especially his brother Vinne Paul who we hear is wounded but alive. We hope for a swift recovery. Things like this should not happen!"

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Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-DEATH, MASSACRE): "Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims in this horrific, senseless tragedy. The metal community has lost one of its most influential musicians. Dimebag's passion and energy for music was second to none."

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Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER): "I wasn't gonna post anything because this whole tragedy isn't about me or how I feel… and I feel so helpless and insignificant at such an unbelievable time as this...

"But after sitting in front of my computer screen in disbelief for the last 24 hours since I heard about this last night I finally felt I needed to at least acknowledge how absolutely horrible I feel about this nightmare.

"Actually, I am sick to my stomach.

"Dime was an incredible talent who I've admired since the beginning when we had both just signed to Atco Records. It's been many years since I've hung with him or any of the PANTERA guys — but my memories with him and the guys were always of great fun and filled with crazy drunken insanity.

"He lived each and everyday to the fullest. In fact, I never could believe how he could even function (both on and off stage) with the way he partied and lived life.

"I feel so sorry for Vinnie and the rest of the band and family.

"Words really cannot describe the heartache I've had all day.

"This is as tragic and unbelievable as Lennon getting killed.

"But this hits home even closer because he was ONE OF US.

"I really cannot believe it..."

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Mercedes Lander (KITTIE): "I dont know how to begin or end this.

"Someone that meant the world to me was shot to death last night... This is still not real to me... I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare... it doesn't even feel real...

"Dime was awesome to me in every way... He took me under his wing when I was 16 and taught me everything I know about what I do... Dime and Vinnie treated me like I was a younger sister and I saw both of them as older brothers... The truth is that they didnt have to be nice to me and treat me as well as they did but they did because they are good people. I had so many awesome nights throughout the years of just drinking and talking. Some people even started calling me the 'cowgirl from hell.' I looked up to Dime and Vinnie so much because I saw myself and my sister in them... They made me want to work even harder at my dreams and reach the level that they were at... they are the closest thing I had to heroes.

"I can't believe something like this could have happened in the metal community. I am at a loss of words to describe how I feel. I am so angry and frustrated... I don't think I will ever understand this senceless act. I can't believe this happened. It hurts so much right now. Whats even worse is that I can't even believe what Vinnie is going through.

"You are one of the most amazing people in the world... I will miss you dearly... All I can think about is all the awesome times we had together... it scares me that I won't be able to have that again. You were loved by so many people... You will be missed."

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MINISTRY: "MINISTRY would like to like extend our deepest condolences to Darrell's friends and family and the friends and families of others who were killed or injured last night.

"Several members of MINISTRY were very close with Darrell and we are deeply saddened by the loss of this great artist."

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Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD): "Dime's music was a huge influence on me personally and on LAMB OF GOD as a whole. As a guitar player he was a true inovator. His sound tone and style shapped modern metal and his riffs are constantly referenced by nearly every band in metal including my own. Only recently did I have the pleasure of hanging out with him on a personal level and he was as genuine and down to earth as anyone you would ever meet. This is a huge loss to the music world."

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Trevor Peres (OBITUARY): "I can't believe that this happened to Darrell. One could never imagine something like this happening at a metal concert. Out of all of the 'rock stars' that I know, he is the last person that deserved that. What a great guitarist and what a 'ham' he was. I am completely devastated. I am at loss of words."

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DROWNING POOL: "No one knows why some people do the heinous things they do. What we do know is that once again, we leave tour to bury friends, brothers, and family.

"Dimebag Darrell was the epitome of rock and roll. He wasn't just a player that all guitarists aspired to be...but the genuine article and a true friend. Darrell inspired our lives and how we carried ourselves not just as musicians out on the road but also as friends in everyday life."

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Bobby Gustafson: (ex-OVERKILL, RESPONSE NEGATIVE): "I've sat here for a full day sulking in the total disbelief of the loss of my dear friend Darrell. Wondering if my words would be as pertinent as some of the musicians who've been in the spotlight far more than myself. But Darrell has touched me just as strongly as my peers, and I'm sure of that. His unconditional friendship and his zest for life and laughter was unsurpassed by anyone. His talent and gift of guitar playing speaks for itself. One of my proudest moments as a musician came from him, when he told me he used my guitar tone from 'Years of Decay' as the basis for 'Cowboys from Hell'. I will never forget when we sat there drunk as hell with a 4 track in Springfield, Mass. coming up with our own lyrics to ICE T's 'There Goes the Neighborhood', or when they as a band tried to hijack me from N.Y.to Virginia Beach on the tour bus in yet another drunken fiasco, or catching the beer he tossed to me in 'Vulgar Videos'. I will miss you as a person and a phenomenal guitar player. My tears are shed for you, Vinnie, and the rest of the Abbott family. C-Ya on the other side."

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Doug Sabolick (A LIFE ONCE LOST): "A sad fucking day for sure, some miserable 20 something fuck killed a legend. A man who inspired so many to rip and thrash.

"PANTERA was and still is my favorite group and Dimebag was the one who inspired me the pick up the axe , the bottle and the joint and just fucking RIP! I remember being 13 years old and just blasting 'Far Beyond Driven' all day long. Darrell was who I looked up to, someone who did things on his own terms and still succeeded!

"To the dumb fuck who did this I hope you rot in hell you miserable scumbag!"

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Bobby C. (A LIFE ONCE LOST): "Not only was Dime progressive musician, his image and style of playing changed the face of metal to this day…Light one up in his memory."

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Phil Labonte (ALL THAT REMAINS): "I don't know what to say the whole band is shocked our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone!"

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Cory Brandon (NORMA JEAN): "I think it's insane and scary and most of all sad that this had to happen. How lame. Hearing about this sort of stuff pretty much pisses me off! Metal will miss that dude for sure. I liked him. RIP 'cowboy from hell.'"

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Dan Jacobs (ATREYU): "It's a sad day when being such a good guitar player can get you killed. Metal will never be the same."

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Keith Buckley (EVERY TIME I DIE): " There are alot of counterfactuals involved in senseless deaths like that of Dimebag's. What if it had been one of our shows? What if there are more people than we know capable of such atrocities? What if it had been me? But these 'what-ifs' only come about after a period of reflection. The more sincere questions are the most immediate. Mine was this: 'Why did PANTERA break up in the first place?'"

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Trevor (UNEARTH): "This is a sad day for heavy metal, rock 'n' roll and for all his family, friends and legion of fans around the world.

"Dimebag Darrell was one of the nicest and most genuine human beings all of us in UNEARTH have ever met. His presence, music and most of all his friendship will be dearly missed. Dime loved life, cared about people and was a true rock icon. Everything about him was admirable.

"Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family and friends."

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Ed Conroy (FULL BLOWN CHAOS): "That's a idol and a legend gone for no reason. There is no reason for something like this to happen and it’s frightening to think if this could happen in the future if, say, some crazed fan jumps on stage and does something like that at a FULL BLOWN show. With Darrell, man, it’s just a waste of talent. People all over are just bummed out about it. Whether he was a friend or not, his influence can be heard all around music now."

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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine: "There is nothing unique or clever to this post, and what I want to say has no doubt already been said throughout the metal community, by countless others whom were more closer to Darrell than me by now.

"However, knowing he was murdered tonight, I wish to thank and remember Darrell for his amazing life and the gift that he shared with me and so many other fortunates.

"I pray for Darrell's family and friends; specifically for their healing, their peace, and their understanding of this tragedy in this time of need.

"I send my deepest heartfelt condolences to the Abbott family, to Darrell's friends, and to the fantastic PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN fans around the world.

"We must never forget his life, and his gifts, his genius, his terrific personallity, and the legacy he left behind to remember him by.

"Darrell, I will see you in heaven and I, like so many more, love you brother.

"You will be missed."

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Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH): "Hey, wanted to say that Dime was a great guy and amazing guitarist! He will really be missed! He made me laugh when he would see me backstage and sing out 'Ripper' in a high note with some melody he had made up! He and his brother always gave me respect. I knew how much of a fan he was of JUDAS PRIEST and Rob [Halford], so the respect meant a lot! And all the rumors about him and I working together where the best rumors I'd ever heard about me! I always wanted to work with Darrell and was always waiting for that phone call! Dimebag, we love ya bro and you will be missed!"

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Tracii Guns (BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, L.A. GUNS): "We have lost the last true pioneer of our metal generation.

"This guy did not have formulas or bullshit.

"Dime played and wrote from his soul, he also treated his friends as if they were his blood brothers.

"This summer I presented him with the Guitarist Of The Year award at Metal Hammer Awards ceremony in London.

"We got shitfaced, laughed our asses off and had a grteat time as we always did when we hung out.

"The rock world has suffered a devastating blow with the loss of Dimebag.

"I wish his family and fans all the best from my heart."

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CHIMAIRA's Mark Hunter: "Dime's music gave me so much to live for when I was younger, and he truly changed the face of metal with his unique style of guitar playing. There isn't a metal band I know that hasn't borrowed a riff or three from him."

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Brandan Schiepatti (BLEEDING THROUGH, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, THROWDOWN): "I can truly say that Dimebag wrote the most influential and important riffs to any project I have done or will do musically. PANTERA songs have transcended time and genre and will go down someday to be as legendary as bands like SABBATH have become. Even though he was godlike on stage, when BLEEDING THROUGH met him in Dallas, he was so nice and down to earth to us, we loved him even more. I remember seeing PANTERA with SEPULTURA when I was twelve and it was the first time music was such a force that it crushed everyone's face like they were in a jet doing mach 3. I picked up a guitar immediately after."

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Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (ex-ROB ZOMBIE/OZZY OSBOURNE): "I'm speechless. This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."

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Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY): "It's tragic, a shame. I've known Darrell for years and years. He was a big fan of COC, we toured Australia together with PANTERA. It's just a shame."

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Howard Jones: "This is insane and this is beyond travesty. This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

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MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."

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Rich Ward (FOZZY, STUCK MOJO): "I feel that we should all be hesitant to make any assumptions or to repeat Internet rumors, at least until they are substantiated. Even then, what would our motivation be to talk about his death? All the details will unfold in the coming days. I think our focus would be better served by celebrating Dime's life and how he and his music touched us all.

"When we were on tour with PANTERA, Dime was obsessed with repeating a phrase from the movie 'Pulp Fiction', 'Tell that bitch to chill.' . . . He had us all in stitches, as every few minutes you'd hear his voice echo through the arena, 'I said......TELL THAT BITCH TO CHILL.'

"At the time of our tour, PANTERA's head of security was a guy appropriately named, Big Val. After a few 'black tooths,' Bonz got a hair up his ass and said that he'd put phat cash on Corey (MOJO bassist) to beat Big Val in an arm wrestling contest. Well, it didn't take Dime and Vinnie two seconds to pull two huge rolls of cash out of their pockets. The room went nuts seeing Bonz' jaw drop as he realized his mouth was writing checks that his ass couldn't cash.

"The best story though was when we first met up with PANTERA at the Dynamo festival, which was the day before our tour started. We (MOJO) had a meeting, where we discussed playing it cool and not being too quick to be all up their (PANTERA's) ass.

"Let's face it, all of us in MOJO worshipped PANTERA and we wanted to earn their respect as well as being mindful of how annoying it was when the opening band hung out all day in your dressing room. But as all plans on tour are destined to fail, Bonz got drunk, forgot 'our agreement' and wandered out on stage with a shot of Crown Royal for Dime. This being the touring band's sign of friendship and respect, Dime smiled and leaned his head back. Then Bonz poured the shot in Dime's eye! He made the most awful face and staggered over blindly towards his tech, who tried to clean his eye with a wet towel. Mind you, he didn't stop playing and this was in front of a crowd of over fifty thousand people. He regained his sight after about two songs and later walked over to where I was standing, which was next to his tech. He looked at me, laughed and said, 'Goddamn man, if that shit stings your eye that bad, I wonder what it's doing to my stomach.'

"I'll miss you."

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Juan Croucier (ex-RATT): "Ironically, I learned today that Darrell was a big RATT fan. What a thing to learn on a day like today. I had heard the rumor before but it was confirmed to me by Warren De Martini. Warren and Darrell were friends. He had nothing but wonderful things to say about Darrell and as you can imagine, was greatly saddened by this senseless tragedy.

"Dimebag Darrell, was an awesome guitar player, PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN were great, great bands! I remember hearing PANTERA for the first time back in the early 90s and thinking to myself man, this band is over the top. Very intense. I loved it. It was also my brother Rick's favorite band.

"Darrell, brought something new to the hard rock/metal game. He was not only a great guitar player/song writer but he changed the rock music world with his style and approach. Hard rock/metal will never be the same. His contribution to music will live on in all of us who loved his work.

"My thoughts, condolences and prayers go out to his brother Vinnie, his family, friends and PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN fans as well as the other folks that were senselessly murdered.

"Life is so precious, everyone matters. Unfortunately, we live in a world where senseless and insane acts of violence can and do happen without warning.

"Yeah, I learned today that Darrell was a big RATT fan... Well, I am a big PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN/Dimebag Darrell fan! And always will be.

"God bless him."

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Shaun Glass (SOIL): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."

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SEPULTURA: "Dimebag was an excellent musician and a good friend, a fucking great partner in memorable tours. We'll miss him very much. Our condolences to the Abbott family."

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MACHINE HEAD: "MACHINE HEAD are devastated by the horrific news. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Abbott family, DAMAGEPLAN and former members of PANTERA. Our thoughts are with you all."

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Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

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Orange County, California-based sextet BLEED THE SKY (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of PANTERA, was shot and killed while performing with DAMAGEPLAN in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."

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TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy: "There's nothing that hasn't already been said or felt about this recent tragedy regarding Dimebag Darrell. All I can say is that Dimebag was one of the most influential musicians in our time. Legends aren't something we can pick and choose and they aren't here in vast numbers — Dime was a man who helped inspire countless numbers of players, fans, and people in general, a legend who really made the world seem that much better. Everyone I know who has met Dime says he was really nothing short of one of the nicest people they'd ever met, that he was a humble fun-loving metal head. But now Dimebag Darrell: a son, a brother, an idol, a musician, a fellow man... has been taken from us. It's a terrifying feeling that now at concerts, our very release from the everyday world we each seek out to escape from, our heroes are being murdered. My heart goes out to the Abbott family: Dimebag Darrell Abbott was a man of legendary and heroic status, but before all that Darrell was and always will be a brother and a son; we all mourn today."

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QUIET RIOT's Frankie Banali: "This is so wrong. Darrel was one of the nicest people in music and a great guitarist. He was always great to me each time we saw each other, as was Vinnie. Such a waste and so disturbing. My thoughts and prayers are with Darrel and my sincerest sympathy to Darrel's family, loved ones and all of his fans and the fans of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN. No one deserves a violent death, and certainly not Darrel. God bless him."

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Matt Difabio (SINGLE BULLET THEORY): "It's been almost 14 hours since I heard the report that dime had been shot and killed. At first I assumed it was a hoax. I mean, who would shot Dimebag? I sit here still completely blown away and overcome with sadness.

"Dimebag was without a doubt a key element in creating and changing what we are all so blessed to call metal in the new millennium. This guy is the definitive king of killer shredding and great tone... A trend-setting monster of a player who had the skill of a complete mastermind of his craft.

"On a personal note, I had the chance only once to drink for hours with Dime during my time in PISSING RAZORS. I still remember being in awe of his presence, he was 100% down to earth, laid-back, funny as hell and a genuine great person to say I had the privilege of meeting. He also got us drunk to the point of insanity (but that goes without saying).

"I now understand what my parents went through when JFK or Lennon was shot. The world stops and actually looks at just how important this person's life was to other people and how influential one person can be to a generation. Hopefully, we will be able to shed light to the rest of the world that 'heavy metal" isn't too blame for this catastrophe. One sick persons actions does not speak for an entire genre. I already saw one news report trying to paint a picture that metal creates and advocates violence... I hope people come to understand that this was an isolated incident that is as bizarre as it is horrific.

"In closing, thank you, Dime... for inspiring so many of us too do what we do! You set a precedent that will always be imitated but never matched. I speak for all the members of SINGLE BULLET THEORY when I say … You will be sorely missed!"

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Derek Sherinian (ex-DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN): "I think that this is such a horrible tragedy. I never met Darrell, but I admired his talent and what he stood for musically. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones."

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Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY): "I just found out this morning. What the hell is this fucking planet coming to. Dimebag was an innovator and an amazing guitar player. It's difficult enough to play shows in this business but now this. I am completely shocked and extremely angry at the way our world is becoming. A moment of silence for Dimebag and the other victims and my thoughts as well as the rest of CRYPTOPSY's goes to their families. R.I.P."

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Jari Kuusisto (CARNAL FORGE): "I can honestly say that Dimebag was one of my favorite guitarist and that he will be strongly missed by me and thousands of other people. One of the greatest has past on way to soon and CARNAL FORGE send out our deepest condolenses to Dimebag's family and friends. Right at this moment i only feel sad and angry on that something like this can happen. R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell."

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Scott Rockenfield (QUEENSRŸCHE): "I did not know Dimebag Darrell personally, but this is a great tragedy for the entire music community. Concerts are meant to be a place of fun and safety, and this will stay on all of our minds for many years. Darrell will be missed..."

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Eddie Ojeda (TWISTED SISTER): "I just heard about it. It really sucks that something like that can happen. I'm so shocked by this unnecessary act of violence that I can't really put it in to words. My deepest sympathy goes out to Dimebag and his family."

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Jonas Björler (THE HAUNTED): "We just got back from the U.S. tour with DAMAGEPLAN, and we're all in shock right now. I can't fucking believe what has happened. Dimebag and the rest of the guys were really cool people, and this is the worst display of cowardice I've ever experienced. R.I.P. Dime — we'll never forget"

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Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER): "I cannot believe this happened. I am very sad at this. It is scarey too. People should not be so outraged at the fact a band broke up and to kill people about it. Stupid and careless. I am shocked at this, my heart feelings go out to the families of everyone who died last night at this club..."

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Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL): "Everyone in AGENT STEEL is devastated by the passing of Darrell. We attended the Los Angeles show when DAMAGEPLAN + SHADOWS FALL + THE HAUNTED came through town a few weeks ago (so this is really hard to deal with). We know Patrick Lachman (vocalist), and our condolences go out to Vinnie Paul, the Abbott family, Bobzilla, Patrick and rest of the crew, and PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN fans worldwide. A real tragedy."

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Marten Andersson (STARWOOD, GEORGE LYNCH, LIZZY BORDEN, LEGACY): "I am devastated to hear that something like this can happen. Unfortunately I never got the opportunity to become friends with Dimebag but I will always remember him for his talent, his gift of music. There is so many bands out there that would not be where they are if it wasn't for this man and his talent. He will forever have a place in the history of metal and in so many people's hearts. I think most have been said in the metal community, we are a strong bunch and stick together when something horrible like this happens. I want to give my deepest sympathy and condolences to his family, friends and his hardcore fans (me included) for your loss. My thoughts are with you all. In due time the pain will give way to great memories of Dimebag. Rest in peace."

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Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE): "Deeply shocked by what has happened. I saw PANTERA play a few years ago at Wolverhampton Civic. They were brilliant, and Darrell a master of his art. Met them briefly afterwards, and they were charming humorous and low key. One memory of the evening is of a lone punter jumping on stage during the encore, then not having the courage to dive off. Most bands would have the road crew throw him out, but Darrell went up to him, patted him on the head, gave him a beer, and the guy cheerfully sat out the rest of the number on the drum riser. The man will be missed. My sympathies to the family, particularly Vinnie."

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Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, TALAS, NIACIN): "This SUCKS!! I'm so pissed. Dimebag was always a good guy to me — I met him out & about in L.A. a few times. Very sad to lose him. Great player, too. This is a catastrophe."

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Kenny Powell (OMEN): "I am not doing good at all at this moment. The last conversation that I had with Dimebag was about what he was going to face doing something different, I had gone through it on 'Reopening the Gates' and it was very painful. He was without out doubt one of the most influential guitar players of the past few years and genuinely good person to everyone that has ever met him. I have stopped working today and just have been setting around my office playing guitar and feeling bummed. I hope he is in a better place now, I am getting ready to go to a vigil at the club he co-owned with Vinnie."

(Thanks: Imhotep Zine)

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