Darrell Lance Abbott (1966 — 2004), also known as «Diamond Darrell» or «Dimebag Darrell» was the legendary shredder from extremely popular Pantera, which popularized groove metal in the nineties. Darrell’s playing skills were praised and he won many awards and had his own long-running column in Guitar World magazine (which was compiled into a book). Darrell created amazing riffs and created amazing, melodic solos. Whammy bar harmonics and string slides were his trademark. After Pantera broke up, Darrell joined Damageplan along with his brother Vinnie Paul. A man named Nathan Gale shot Darrell and few other people in the middle of Damageplan gig before getting shot by police. Many theories about the motive exist. Still after his death Dimebag continues to inspire many new guitarists. Funny fact: The man being punched on the album cover of Vulgar Display of Power was paid 0 by label executives, or a punch. It took 30 punches to get the right shot. Cowboys from Hell: 1. Famous intro riff and jump to the solo from the allmighty «Cowboys from Hell» 2. Amazing solo from «Domination» 3. Great playing, «Psycho Holiday» and it’s guitar solo 4. First solo from their beautiful ballad «Cemetery Gates» 5. Amazing second solo from «Cemetery Gates» 6. Phil screaming in really powerful sounding falsetto and then Dimebag copying his screams with whammy bar «Cemetery Gates» is ranked number 35. on Guitar World’s «100 Greatest Guitar Solos» 7.Long and Amazing solo from «The Sleep

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