Dimebag Darrell is considered by many to be one of the greatest guitarists ever. He’s obviously one of, if not the best heavy metal axeman of all time. But, he’s also arguably one of the greatest electric guitar players, too, agnostic of any genre label.
When asked what kind of stuff did he practice on guitar and for how often, he replied:
“Yeah, the honest truth is I never practice. I just play. When I pick the guitar up, it’s not something I’m trying to better myself at or nothing. It’s just something I do, and the best shit comes out, you know, through fucking just picking it up and just whatever comes naturally, you know…”
You can watch it all for yourself below. Now, to be fair, it’s hard to say if Dime meant that he NEVER practiced, or if he just got to a place of god-tier talent as an adult where just didn’t need to anymore. Maybe he practiced his ass off as a young dime, or maybe the guy was just born with all that talent straight out of the womb. Who knows. But either way, he is sorely missed.
Will you be hitting up the Pantera reunion tour when dates are announced? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown are having the Cowboys from Hell ride again, albeit with some help from Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante. Both Charlie and Zakk recently weighed in on how they plan to approach the shows. Per Charlie:
“Absolutely, and I think everybody in [Anthrax] feels the same way about those guys. We go back a long way [with Pantera] — ’86, maybe even ’85. We played a show at a place called Cardi’s in Houston, and Pantera were the opening band. It was in [April] ’86. Hellstar was on the bill. It was the first time we met them. My friendship with Darrell goes a long way, and I love both of those guys so much. So, for me, it was a very emotional thing to do this. That’s what it’s all about — it’s all about those two guys and doing it… I don’t wanna see anybody else doing it but me, ’cause I’m gonna do it right.”
And per Zakk:
“Whenever [the idea of doing a tribute has] come up, you’re celebrating the guys and you’re celebrating all their achievements and their greatness. And that’s what it is. ‘Cause everybody was just, like, ‘How can they call it a Pantera reunion?’ And I go, ‘Well, it’s Phil and Rex getting back together,’ ’cause they haven’t played together for a while. I go, ‘It’s a Pantera celebration.’ That’s what it is. It’s no different than Mitch [Mitchell] and Noel [Redding] from ‘Experience Hendrix’ asking Eric Clapton to come out and sing and play Jimi’s [Hendrix] stuff and honor him, and they’re gonna go out and honor Jimi Hendrix. To me, it’s the same thing.