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8th December 2011

dimebag darrell

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, 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."


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!



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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