Dimebag Darrell Wanted To Reunite Pantera Prior To His Death According To Close Friend


At the time of his tragic December 2004 murder at the hands of a deranged fan, legendary guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was performing onstage with his then band Damageplan. That group formed following a split in the Pantera camp that saw Darrell and his late brother Vinnie Paul on one side and Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown on the other.

Anselmo himself had already spiraled into a string of addiction issues by then, the side effects of which are often cited as the chief concerns which led to the downfall of Pantera. A bitter war of words between the separate camps would later spill over into the press. It’s often been speculated that Anselmo‘s behavior and actions around the disintegration of the band led to Vinnie Paul never forgiving him.

Despite their strained relations, it seems Dimebag had hoped to reunite Pantera in the months prior to his death. Word on that comes from an interview with Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, who was a close friend of Darrell and a videographer for both Pantera and Damageplan.

Speaking with in the below chat, Arnberger said of Dimebag‘s intentions to reunite the group:

“Oh, yeah. He would have [reunited Pantera.] The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with Slipknot or [Marilyn] Manson, one of the two. And I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and do this [Damageplan] tour through December, and I’ll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we’re gonna have some new shit going on. And it’s not gonna be this.

Whatever it takes, we’re gonna get these guys back together and do it right.’ … He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what they [Damageplan] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to Pantera.”

Later in the chat Arnberger also discussed Dimebag‘s apparent unhappiness with Damageplan, offering “He didn’t think the other guys [Pat Lachman & Bob Kakaha] were as into it. He obviously didn’t feel the magic as much as he did with the other two guys [presumably Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown.]”


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