On 8th December 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot to death onstage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.
The gunman, Nathan Gale, shot Dimebag 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.
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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 rumoured that one crowd member leapt in front of the gunman, saving the lives of several band members.
Damageplan drum technician, John 'Kat' Brooks, was shot three times as he attempted to get the gun away from Gale. Tour manager Chris Paluska was also injured.
Today. seven years on, we remember one of the greats, a Metal brother whose memory will live on forever, as well as his influence. RIP Dimebag - you are badly missed.
Tina Saul, MetalTalk.net paid the following tribute to Dimebag:
"I had the pleasure of meeting Dimebag, not long before his life was cut tragically short, at Download 2004. We all knew he was a legend, but what really struck me about him was what a gent he was. No ego, happy to stand and chat to anyone that wanted to and generally one of the greatest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. He was one of life's good ones and is sadly missed."
BLACK TOOTH GRIN RECIPE, DIMEBAG DARRELL STYLE
We'll be raising a shot of Darrell's favourite, Black Tooth Grin, today in honour and in homage to Dimebag. Here's how the man himself would have made it...
1 Shot of Seagrams 7 whiskey mixed with 1 shot of Crown Royal whiskey. Add a small amount of coke, just enough to darken the mixture. To be consumed as a shot!