The Tragedy Of Pantera Shook The Music Word To Its Core

The Tragedy Of Pantera Shook The Music Word To Its Core

Pantera originated groove metal. Guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, drummer
Vinnie Paul Abbott, bassist Rex Brown, and singer Phil Anselmo provided a soundtrack
for the disaffected, and a loud one at that. This is their tragic real-life story. The members of Pantera were infamous for their
hard-partying ways, particularly when they were on the road. Their tour rider was basically a virtual liquor
store. Backstage, the band demanded liters of whiskey,
vodka, and bourbon, plus several cases of beer and bottles of wine. Their production office required liters of
booze and a bottle of French wine. Onstage, they demanded two cases of beer and
two liters of whiskey. These were nightly requirements for tours
that could run 80 or more nights. Some of the mayhem caused by such copious
alcohol consumption was caught on film. Mostly, though, it’s the stuff of legend,
handed down in stories told by the people who were there and shouldn’t be able to remember
anything, but somehow do. Rex Brown, for one, has gone sober, telling
The Rock Pit, “I quit drinking completely; I don’t even
think about it, and it’s just amazing now.” Phil Anselmo might have been anticipating
his eventual slide into drug addiction in Pantera’s 1994 song “Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks,”
when he sang about drinking and smoking all day and having done everything but tapped
the vein. At the time, he was dabbling in painkillers,
looking for a way out of his misery. Years of thrashing onstage had left his back
a mess. He had a blown disc in his back, which damaged
the cartilage around the disc, and playing show after show damaged even more cartilage. He sought medical help, but he discovered
that the surgery to fix his back required up to 18 months of recovery time, a commitment
he was unwilling to make while Pantera was at the top of their game. Anselmo turned to heroin to numb his pain,
and he developed a debilitating addiction that nearly took his life. In fact, after one show on July 13, 1996,
he shot up too much of the drug and flatlined for five minutes before paramedics were able
to resuscitate him. He later talked about the experience on VH1’s
Behind the Music. “This nurse leaned over and said to me, ‘Welcome
back to life. You overdosed on heroin.'” The relationships between Anselmo and his
bandmates were never the same after his 1996 overdose. Vinnie Paul Abbott told Blabbermouth that,
in the aftermath of that incident, Anselmo separated himself from the rest of the band,
riding in his own tour bus and only interacting with the rest of the group just before showtime. As he recounted, “You never knew which Phil you were gonna
get. You might get the pitbull that we all knew
and loved, or you might get some dude who was completely whacked out on heroin.” In 2001, Pantera decided that a break was
in order. A planned one-year hiatus became permanent
in 2003, as Anselmo cut off communication with the Abbott brothers, Vinnie and Darrell,
and immersed himself in side projects like Superjoint Ritual and Down. The rest of the group was left angry and disappointed. The Abbott Brothers moved on to form Damageplan,
Rex Brown eventually joined Down, and one of the great metal bands of the 90s was no
more. There continued to be some sniping in the
press, mostly between Anselmo and Dimebag Darrell. The back-and-forth reached a head in 2004,
when Anselmo told an interviewer that Dime, quote, “deserves to be beaten severely.” It was a comment that would widen the rift
between Anselmo and his former bandmates, a distance that would never be bridged. In 2004, the Abbott brothers’ band Damageplan
released their debut record, New Found Power, and headed out on tour. It was their first time getting back in front
of audiences in three years. On December 8, the band took the stage at
the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, and launched into the song “Breathing New Life,” as they
had for 33 previous shows on the tour. Dimebag Darrell was headbanging with his hair
in his face, when 25-year-old Nathan Gale calmly walked onto the stage, pointed his
Beretta 9mm handgun at Dime’s head, and pulled the trigger. The music stopped and a security guard tackled
Gale, who kept firing. The scrum ended when a police officer arrived
with a shotgun and killed Gale, who had killed three other people besides Darrell that night:
a fan, a club employee, and one member of the band’s security team. “It was like a real bad movie. None of it seemed real whatsoever. None of it. None.” The unimaginable tragedy sent shock waves
around the global metal community. Metal heroes like Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister
from Motorhead, and Gene Simmons sent out messages of support. Darrell was buried in a Kiss casket and eulogized
by his friend Zakk Wylde and his hero Eddie Van Halen, who had the guitar he’d used to
record the album Van Halen II placed in the casket. Any talk of reuniting Pantera likely ended
on June 22, 2018, when Vinnie Paul Abbott was found dead, likely of a heart attack. He was 54 years old. As was the case when his brother Darrell was
killed, tributes from the metal community streamed in as the news spread. Among the artists that paid tribute from the
stage were Poison, Puddle of Mudd, and Megadeth. Abbott was laid to rest in a private funeral
service. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons provided a Kiss
casket to Abbott’s family, similar to the one that his brother was buried in. For Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo, Abbott’s death
hit particularly hard. Brown released a lengthy statement in tribute
to Abbott two weeks after he died. In addition to sharing condolences and personal
anecdotes, he wrote of his friend’s legacy: “He changed the game. He was the original for his generation, a
generation that’s still going. Everybody wanted to play like him.” Anselmo initially posted on Instagram a simple
picture of a candle without a caption, letting his fans express their condolences in the
comments. At a public memorial for Abbott, Anselmo was
seen in an 8-second video in which he said, simply, “Vince, I’ll always have love in my heart
for you, man. Rest in peace.”

Comments (100)

  1. What band changed your life?

  2. A million subscribers and no editing done on title. Wow.

  3. PanterA…..The Kings of Metal

  4. The only tragedy of Pantera was the shitty loudmouthed lead singer.

  5. Can’t even spell your videos titles right? Next

  6. Hail kings, the only kings, stronger than all, still!

  7. The Best of the Best RIP

  8. Dime was killed because of his pure heart….evil didn't like it.

  9. Sorry for saying that,but being over passionate for a band its the same stupid as people breaking their heads over football teams.Especially when that band makes good money out of you,they see their audience as a tool they must use..The rest is all lies for the naive followers..I'm a musician my self,and tasted little bit of money and glory…Musicians don't give a shit about you.We just pretend we love you,we want to make people leave the gig satisfied,but in the end we all doing this for our self!

  10. Grunge please can you donate any revenue you make from this to a Victims relief fund of your choosing.

    Your countless videos profiting of tragedy are just pathetic.

  11. It should have been Phil.

  12. Jesus, that thumbnail made me think suddenly Phil died too, I'm still frozen.

  13. I blame it all to Phil's stuborness to recuperate from his injuries which escalated to drug use and eventual break up of Pantera

  14. R.I.P…DIMEBAG…🤟🤟🤟

  15. Oh Word? Come on they set me up, had to do it.

  16. There will never be another band like Pantera, they kicked everybody’s ass. I held out they would get back together if Dime wasn’t killed, such a sad way for a band to end, it still gives me chills even thinking about it. The band will live on forever and inspire other kids to form their own bands. R.I.P. Dime and Vinnie.

  17. Shaking words since their inception

  18. Never liked them dont think they had much talent. Yet another in a long list of sell outs whoms music suffered greatly because of it. Stop the idol worship.

  19. Phil phucked Pantera.

  20. Loved Pantera and dime since I was a kid, to this very day. The real tragedy is that you guys can’t take the time to even spellcheck your god damn video title, which is an insult to the very band you’re trying to get views through. Clean it up, for Pete’s sake.

  21. Blacktooth grins for all my fellow cowboys from hell. Rock in peace metal brothers. Gone but never forgotten.

  22. Bro I couldn’t imagine watching my brother being shot in the head in front of me. I would have been so mad at the cop for a while because the only closure you could get at that moment would be be to take the shooters life.

    100000000 TIMES MORE

  24. Alcohol the biggest mass murderer in history!

  25. When I was 16 me and my buddies went to Pantera's last tour, with Slayer, Morbid Angel, and Static-X. I'll never forget it. 10 years later I married my wife… turns out she was at the same show.

  26. Dimebag and vinnie Paul Arlington Texas’ very own.

  27. I saw phil and his band back in 2019 and my father who has seen pantera 7 times said "phil has slown down a lot since i saw then"

  28. Thank you so much for formulating it "looking for a way out of his misery" instead of some of the otherwise so common ways of putting it that makes it sound like drug addicts are evil and, in most cases, by choice. Because that is what we did, searched for a way out our misery. I am a former addict and I refuse to be ashamed of looking for a way out of the misery that still is my life.

  29. Would have been totally fine if Phil died instead of the Abbott bros

  30. Peak Pantera….if you were the right age….20ish…no band ever was more in it.

  31. Bourbon is whiskey

  32. Awwwwwww shuuuucks, I feel so sorry for for these white men.

  33. Loved Pantera, got to see them live twice. First time was with Sepultura on there Chaos A.D tour before they broke up too.

  34. World…. Hello autocorrect.

  35. I'm from Texas. And black and love metal. Met Diamond/Dimebag at his bar. Real nice guy and love their music
    Damageplan had me excited. And I'll never get over Diamond's death

  36. Yes, it totally changed the music word forever.

  37. Phil wanted Dime Bag to get his ass beat and someone listened and took it a few steps further. Stars with fans need to watch what they say. This guy took Phil’s side and blamed Dime for the break up, so he killed him. With that many fans, there’s going to be some crazies. They both should’ve kept the fight in house.

  38. Phil Anselmo – Racist prick, the excuses and apologies are lame, the evidence is out there.
    P.S. Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead requires no such long winded introduction. He’s Lemmy, that’s all, everyone knows who he is. Lemmy.

  39. This band changed my life!!!!

  40. Look children, they are God

  41. Pantera
    My favourite band

  42. How did it shake a word to its core

  43. Everyone knows everyone band and member in the comments. Lol. Ok

  44. Typo in the title?

  45. What's a music word? 🤔

  46. Pantera was garbage Sepultura anyone?

  47. Ah yes….Cowboys from Hell still is one of my favorite albums. 🤘🏻😆

    Fun fact:
    A cousin of Dimebag is running a rather successful Youtube channel called „The 8 Bit Guy“.

  48. Thankfully it didn’t shake the world!

  49. The bird is the WORD!

  50. To be honest it didn't shake me one bit. I don't even notice except for the lame memes. 🤣

  51. Favorite band still to this day.
    Hands down.
    What great music. Vulgar display of power is one of the best album's made
    Love them boyz 🤘

  52. Nikki Sixx makes a huge ordeal about a near death experience while Phil's just like "yeah, that happened, moving right along"

  53. Pantera lost

    A time of youth and energy. Fixated on aggression driven through passion. The tragic fire that smolders within creating a cloud of Memories that are looked back on fondly.
    Cut off army shorts, a dirty flannel. The smell of weed, cigarettes and stale beer. Feeling of freedom. Embracing the night. All of these things come to mind when listening and thinking about Pantera.

    The loss of Pantera. They were the golden horizon that I looked to in my teen years. A golden horizon swallowed by a hurricane of booze, blood, and fire. Hollowed memories of dreamt youth. The finality of it wrenches my heart. The realization of a time that will never be again is what brings these feelings of emptiness. A place where the memories are almost real enough to touch but never quite there.

  54. They did not invent groove metal…. Exhorder did… pantera just copied it from them

  55. Proofreading – it's importat.

  56. Which word did it shake?

  57. So Phil Anselmo pulled a Nikki SIXX?

  58. I had the pleasure of seeing this band in the 90's


  60. R.I.P Abbott brothers. No other musicians convinced me more that these two that music can be so awesome. I wouldn't be playing guitar if it wasnt for Darrell, and I wouldnt have kept at my drummer friends drum kits if it wasnt for Vince.

  61. It's tragic that you can't edit the title "music word"..

  62. Pantera has changed my life. Favorite band forever. Just wish I could’ve seen them😔

  63. The music word, what a word we are living in

  64. The word is not enough

  65. The word is not ready for this!

  66. That music word, man, I’ll tell ya, it’s one son of a book.

  67. Man it hurts me that i could never see them. Dimebag is the whole reason i stuck with guitar. I get cold chills hearing his solos, even after the 1000th time. No other guitarist does that to me, the man could put more emotion in 6 strings then most can do with their voice. Theres a hell of a concert happening in heaven i know that

  68. GROOVE METAL is HARD, but hardly THRASH METAL!

  69. The day after, was the only day my father ever called in "sick".

  70. An, ic, dotes. Not, an, ti, dotes.

  71. When you sell your soul to the god of rock and roll, the devil will return and take what’s owed.

  72. hey guys subscribe to my channel pls! I do pantera covers!

  73. Damn I became a huge fan of pantera back when I was 12 but never had a clue as to how or why they broke up, tragic man.

  74. Its so weird even today to think that the two ppl that influenced my life so much are dead. Same thing happened with the von erich wrestlers…..

  75. December 8 is my birthday dimme bag is my favorite guitard player all time

  76. Exhorder originated groove metal

  77. Their was nothing calmly when he went on stage it was said the guy seen him coming said the dude looked like he was on a mission

  78. Met Phil last year w/ The Illegals in Reno. The nicest and most humble guy, even gave me a hug.

  79. There’s a typo in the title of this video… World*

  80. Vinnie Paul was so great.

  81. 144k views and a typo in the title lol.

  82. The doors hands down is this the beginning or the end my beautiful friend

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