Dimebag Darrell Memorialized Onstage by Hellyeah, Lamb of God, In Flames + Sylosis
This past Saturday, Dec. 8, marked the eight-year anniversary of Pantera / Damageplan guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott's tragic death. In his memory, Dimebag's brother, Hellyeah / Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, took a moment onstage in Kansas City, Mo., to memorialize the fallen guitar legend as he brought tour mates Lamb of God, In Flames and Sylosis onstage for a round of Black Tooth Grin shots.
The Black Tooth Grin was essential in the diet of Dimebag Darrell, and has become part of the Pantera subculture. The recipe is simple: whisky with a splash of Coca-Cola in shot form. As one of the onstage consumers of the Black Tooth Grin, Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe took to his Instagram account to document the entire Dimebag tribute night on the morbid anniversary.
Tonight’s show in Kansas City was an emotional one for us on this tour, especially the Hellyeah guys. Eight years ago (December 8th 2004) a crazy man jumped onstage and killed Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott in front of two members of Hellyeah, one of which, of course, is his brother Vinnie Paul. This night changed EVERYTHING for those of us in metal bands- something had been taken away from us, & it wasn’t justDime. It was our care free sorta attitude- this sort of thing just didn’t happen in OUR SCENE.
But it did, & we are all the worse for it. Things have changed, but we still are out here.Vinnie & Bobzilla are still out here rocking their balls off- they have my utmost respect for that. I don’t know if I would step foot on a stage again after witnessing & going through what they did.
But they are musicians- plus Dime woulda wanted it that way- you can bet your ass on that. The other day Vinnie came to me & said “Hey man, can we have a few extra moments in Kansas City to have a drink in memory of Dime?” Are you kidding me? OF COURSE. So tonight, the whole damn tour, every member of every band, got up on that stage & had a drink in his honor. It felt like family to me, in those best moments of tour when you all are there together, doing this incredible thing, as a FAMILY.
I wish Dime coulda been there in person with us. But it’s like I said tonight onstage- a mad man’s bullet can take this mortal shell, but TRUE LEGENDS NEVER DIE. We keep them alive, all of us, when we come together band & audience & do this thing we all love so much. RIP Dime- see ya on the other side bro!
Check out this fan filmed footage of the entire tour lineup partaking in a memorial Black Tooth Grin for the legendary Dimebag Darrell:
Lamb of God, Hellyeah, In Flames + Sylosis Drink Black Tooth Grins Onstage