Thursday, December 09, 2004

So Long, Dimebag Darrell

This is some crazy shit. An idiot jumps onstage during a metal concert and blows away four people, including DamagePlan guitarist Dimebag Darrell, formerly of the group Pantera.
I wasn't much of a fan of Pantera, or specifically, the lead singer, Phil Anselmo (total asshole) but it's still freakish to me as a music fan and former metalhead, someone who's been to hundreds, if not thousands, of live shows.
Really sad.

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Former Pantera guitarist among 4 killed at club
'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott: A Larger-Than-Life Guitarist And Human Being
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Pantera News

You know, i�ve often wondered why that doesn�t happen more, some crazy person with a gun taking out the band or something.
Not to say it SHOULD happen, but the idea of thousands of fucked up people being together in one place getting all aggressive and crazy (esp. at a pantera-type show) in a highly chaotic environment makes the likelihood that one could get away with such an act fairly high.
You�re up on stage, standing high above everyone else, could easily make you a target for some nut with a gun. Then, just disappear into the then-panicked crowd.
I do wonder if this will have negative repercussions on bands playing live in theaters and arenas. Or at least give bands pause when playing live.
Oddly enough, i interviewed ol� dimebag darryl back in the mid 90s when he was in Pantera. He seemed kind of gruff, as i recall. In fact, i talked to him on the phone AND met them backstage in Detroit, now that i think about it.
Getting killed for playing music. Fucked up shit.

and on a cheerier note, here's a story that all the good little boys and girls who want a little something extra from Santa this year.
Santa Brings Christmas Pot to Schoolkids

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