“I think about him all the time”: Zakk Wylde Reflects On The Late Pantera Guitarist Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell
Zakk Wylde photo: chascar (Wikimedia Commons) / Dimebag Darrell photo: Rik Goldman (Wikimedia Commons)
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In a conversation with Metal Hammer, guitarist Zakk Wylde spoke about his relationship with the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. While the conversation involves a number of different artists, Wylde reflects on Dimebag’s character and what it was like to be around him.

Wylde shares, “Dime had a massive heart and just loved seeing everybody have a good time. He was like Santa Claus with a pink beard; I think about him all the time. First time I met Dime was at Donington when I was with Pride & Glory [in 1994]. Pantera’s set was amazing, the power they had was unbelievable, and we became buddies after that show. We talked all the time.”

The new issue of Metal Hammer featuring Wylde will be on sale March 3rd. In the meantime, check out the 2 friends on stage together back in the day:

Darrell Lance Abbott – or as the world knew him, Dimebag Darrell – was one of the most talented guitarists to ever be. Lending his skills to Pantera, he helped to shape the band into one of the most remarkable forces of metal in all of music history. Pantera formed in 1981 and would go on to forever change the heavy metal landscape.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s 1992 release, Vulgar Display Of Power. Certified as double platinum, Vulgar Display Of Power contains a plethora of astounding tracks; considered by many to be the most popular Pantera single, the record is home to the cut “Walk,” which features one of Dimebag’s catchiest riffs.

Dimebag would leave Pantera with his brother, the late drummer Vinnie Paul, and form a new band called Damageplan.

On December 8th, 2004, a fan shot and killed Dimebag while on stage. He is missed tremendously and remembered for the good heart and remarkable artistry he brought into the world.

In 2015, Dimebag was ranked as the most influential metal guitarist of the past 25 years by VH1.


Words by: Michael Pementel