Saturday, December 8, 2012

Johnny O'Bloggin's Musical Saturday (Tribute).

 Today is a sad anniversary in the music world. As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of metal.
Eight years ago today, Darrelll (Dimebag) Abbott was gunned down while playing a show at Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio with his band, Damageplan.
 Abbott was best known as the founding member of Pantera. A metal band that started in '81, but did not reach popularity until '92 with it's 2nd studio release, Vulgar Display of Power. What Abbott did for Metal was unreal. He actually brought grooves and melodies to the melodic metal sounds of Sabbath. In fact, Abbott is accredited for creating the entire sound that is now known as "Groove Metal". And he did it with ONE RIFF..................................................................................



A few other songs that revolutionized the "Metal" sound.........................







In 2001, Pantera went on extended hiatus, but never formally broke up. This was due in large part to Phil Anselmo's (Vocals) rampant heroin use.After one year, Darrell and brother Vinnie (Pantera Drummer) formed Damageplan.................................................................




On December 8, 2004, Abbott was shot onstage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The gunman, Nathan Gale, shot Abbott three times in the head using a 9mm handgun; the third shot killed him instantly. Gale continued shooting, killing three others and wounding a further seven. Gale fired a total of fifteen shots, stopping to reload once and remaining silent throughout the shooting.
Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, the band's head of security, was killed tackling Gale, as was Alrosa Villa employee Erin Halk. Audience member Nathan Bray was killed while trying to perform CPR on Abbott and Thompson. It was rumored that one crowd member leapt in front of the gunman, saving the lives of several band members. Damageplan drum technician, John Brooks was shot three times as he attempted to get the gun away from Gale, but was overpowered and taken hostage in a headlock position. Tour manager Chris Paluska was also injured.
Seven police officers came in the front entrance, led by Officer Rick Crum, and moved toward the stage. Officer James Niggemeyer came in through the back door, behind the stage. Gale only saw the officers in front of the stage; he didn't see Officer Niggemeyer, who was armed with a 12 gauge Remington 870 shotgun. He approached Gale from the opposite side of the stage to avoid hitting the hostage and fired a single shot just as Gale looked towards Niggemeyer, striking Gale in the face with eight of the nine buckshot pellets, killing him instantly. Gale was found to have had 35 rounds of ammunition remaining.
Nurse and audience member Mindy Reece, 28, went to the aid of Abbott, and she and another fan administered CPR until paramedics arrived, but were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Early theories of motive suggested that Gale might have turned to violence in response to the breakup of Pantera, or the public dispute between Abbott and Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, but these were later ruled out by investigators. Another theory was that Gale believed Abbott had stolen a song that he had written. In the book, A Vulgar Display Of Power, several of Gale's personal writings, given to the author by his mother, suggest that the gunman was not angry about Pantera's breakup or a belief that Pantera had "stolen songs"; instead, the documents suggest that Gale's paranoid schizophrenia  caused delusions that the band could read his mind, and that they were "stealing" his thoughts and laughing at him.



Eight years ago today, the world lost a great Rock/Metal guitarist. Personally, because of his music, I started realizing, hearing, and putting together, the link between Metal and Classical. I will forever be grateful to you for that Dimebag. May you rest peacefully, and may your family cope with love..............................

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