For a lot of metal fans, the world feels like a cold, hostile place, where no one really cares. But every so often, we hear a story about someone or something that warms our blackened hearts and makes us realize that even in the darkest and coldest times, the human spirit can soar through the bullshit and conquer all. Such is the case with a recent story in Colorado, where a young disabled metal fan was bought his dream guitar by a perfect stranger.
“This is Fallon,” wrote J.B. Hart Music Co, a gear store in Grand Junction, Colorado, as reported by Metal Injection. “Over the last couple of years, he would visit the store from Montrose. His request each time was to play the ‘Pantera’ guitar, meaning the Dean Dimebag Darrell ML Guitar. We were shocked he knew some Dimebag riffs. Fallon is impacted by Williams Syndrome and has an excellent knowledge and a love for music. His dream was to own this guitar.
“Eight months ago, when he was in the store playing it, another customer took notice of Fallon. It moved this customer so much he returned to the store later, purchased the guitar, and asked us to give the guitar to Fallon anonymously the next time we saw him.
“However, we didn’t see Fallon until today. We tried finding him to no avail. Today, his family came in the store, and we learned they had moved to Texas and returned this week for a visit. It was a wonderful experience to gift Fallon his dream guitar as a gift from a kind stranger. His mom burst into tears, and Fallon beamed with excitement. It was a special moment. There are still good people in this world.
“Here are a few photos, a couple showing off his dive bomb face. (He is really proud of that face)”
There you have it, guys: the world may be a desert at night, but damn if there aren’t some kind souls along the way who’ll help you wander it. Take today to do something this nice.
Words by Chris Krovatin