One word that comes to mind when thinking about "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: RE....SPECT!
That's what he had for metal and the guitarists that came before him. In fact, "Dimebag" Darrell may have been one of rock's biggest fans.
He had Ace Frehley sign his chest so a tattoo artist could trace it to make it permanent.
He became friends with Eddie Van Halen, one of his idols, who upon his death placed his original black and yellow "Bumble Bee" guitar into his KISS Kasket, which was one of Dime's favorite guitars.
While "Dimebag" Darrell will always be one of rock's greatest "What if's," his incredibly tragic death can't overshadow his profound influence on those who followed after him.
Dimebag Darrell Circa 1990.
Diamond 'Dimebag' Darrell, of Pantera, performing at the San Jose Event Center in San Jose, Calif. on March 10th 1992.
Pantera's Diamond Darrell aka Darrell Abbott at Donington Monsters of Rock 1994.
Dimebag Darrell circa 1996.
Dimebag Darrell performing on stage circa 1997.
Dimebag Darrell circa 1998.
Dimebag Darrel of Pantera performing at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View Calif. on August 26th 2000 for Ozzfest 2000.
Dimebag Darrell / guitarist of Pantera during Pantera Live at San Diego in San Diego, California, United States circa 2001.
Dimebag Darrell circa 2002.
Vinnie Abbott and Darrell 'Dimebag' Abbott of Pantera demolish a guitar to commemorate the grand opening of the Hard Rock Vault, the new interactive rock & roll memorabilia attraction in Orlando, Florida.