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Throwdown Remember Dimebag

Posted on February 12, 2008

Posted yesterday on Throwdown’s Trustkill journal page… “I know it’s been a little while since we’ve done a journal on here, so I’m sorry for that, and I’m sorry that this one won’t have the normal comic value. Sort of been the trend lately of bumming dudes out every other entry. Anyhow, I wanna use this space to talk about something horrible that happened last night at a club we just played last month to a person we have always looked up to as musicians. As you guys probably all know by now, Darrell from Damage Plan and Pantera fame was murdered at a club in Colombus, Ohio. We never got to know him on a personal level as many of our friends and tourmates have from Damage Plan tours, etc., but we’ve always looked up to him and his talent. Especially me. Long before I was ever a hardcore kid, I was listening to Pantera and trying to learn every riff at age 12. Still at 24, I sit at home in Throwdown’s time off and play along to Vulgar and Far Beyond Driven from time to time. I even managed to talk the rest of my band into attempting to do a small amount of justice to “New Level” in a live setting. I never got to see Pantera or Damage Plan live and never had the privilege of sharing the stage with him or his brother, but always dreamt I’d get to hang out with the guy and shoot the shit for a bit maybe at a festival or on a tour together. I’ve been fortunate enough in my 24 years to not have lossed loved ones to anything but old age. When someone who has created music that has affected your life and shaped who you are is lost, though, it isn’t a far cry from that feeling. It’s strange because though you may have never met them, it feels like someone close to you is gone because of what they’ve given you. Dime was a guitar player that made metal exciting enough for me to want to make a living out of it. Throwdown is a band that is comprised of two major things…music and a message. Without the experiences we’ve lived and hardcore bands we grew up on, we wouldn’t have the latter. Without Pantera records, we wouldn’t have the former in the state as we know it. (But that should painfully obvious to even the people that haven’t heard us botch “New Level” this year.) Dime and Vinnie changed the face of metal together years ago and still to this day, bands attempt to replicate both the energy and the success they had as metal musicicians. Unfortunately for the metal world, no one will. Even more unfortunate, though, is the fact most people outside of the metal world won’t recognize what we’ve lost because his face wasn’t all over TRL or MTV Awards shows. Truth is, we’ve lost one of the best Goddamn guitar players that ever lived. I can only imagine what the Abbott family is going through, especially Vinnie. I send my condolences out to them and Dime’s friends as well as the family and friends of the crew members and Damage Plan fans that lost their lives last night too. Rest in peace.”

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