It's been eight years since the tragic onstage murder of Pantera / Damageplan guitar legend 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott, but the utter outpouring of love, respect and the desire to memorialize the man has not diminished one iota. Among those who honored Dimebag's legacy this year are Robb Flynn and the rest of Machine Head.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the eighth anniversary of Dimebag's passing, Machine Head performed a set in Atlanta, Ga. After concluding the song 'Beautiful Mourning,' Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn began to address the Atlanta audience about the death of Dimebag, along with the morbid and unfortunate anniversary day.

"I'm sure all of you know, or maybe some of you don't know, but today is Dec. 8th," begins Flynn. "Eight years ago; this is f---ing mind-boggling to even believe, but eight years ago, Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage, man. The legacy that that man left in the world, the footprint that that dude left on the f---ing entire metal universe was unf---ing believable."

Flynn continues, "We called him a brother, man. We were friends. We had so many incredible drunken f---ing nights and hung over mornings on those two tours that we did with them. He was an amazing, amazing individual … We're not here to celebrate his death, we're here to celebrate his life right now, ladies and gentlemen."

After the heart-wrenching speech, Machine Head blasted into a cover of Pantera's 'F---ing Hostile,' which received an explosive reaction from the crowd (watch below).

Halfway across the country in Kansas City, Mo., Hellyeah, Lamb of God, In Flames and Sylosis were also paying tribute to the beloved guitarist by kicking back shots of Black Tooth Grin, Dimebag's signature mix of whisky and Coke.

Check out this fan-filmed footage of Machine Head performing 'F---ing Hostile' in Atlanta.

Machine Head Cover Pantera's 'F---ing Hostile' (Live)