Darrell Lance Abbott August 20, — December 8,best known by his stage name Dimebag Darrellwas an American musician and songwriter.
He was the guitarist of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplanboth of which he co-founded alongside his brother Vinnie Paul. As one of the driving forces behind the development of groove metalhe is considered among the most influential guitarists in heavy metal history. A son of country music producer Jerry AbbottAbbott began playing guitar at age 12, and Pantera released its debut album, Metal Magicwhen he was Originally a glam metal musician, Abbott went by the stage name Diamond Darrell at the time.
Two further albums in the glam metal style followed in andbefore original vocalist Terry Glaze was replaced by Phil Anselmo in and Power Metal was released.
The band's major-label debut, Cowboys from Hellintroduced a groove metal sound to which Abbott's guitar playing was central. Tensions within Pantera reduced its output after the release of The Great Southern Trendkill inand Reinventing the Steel was the band's final studio album before its acrimonious separation in Abbott subsequently formed Damageplan with his brother Vinnie Paul and released New Found Powerthe band's debut and only album, in Other works by Abbott included a collaboration with David Allan Coe titled Rebel Meets Rebel and numerous guest guitar solos for bands such as Anthrax.
Abbott was shot and killed by a deranged fan on December 8,while on stage with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Three others were murdered in the shooting before the perpetrator was killed by police. Abbott was ranked at No. He placed at No. Abbott's parents divorced inafter seventeen years of marriage,  but his family life remained happy.
Abbott took up the guitar when he was twelve. His first guitar was a Les Paul -style Hondowhich he received along with a Pignose amplifier on his twelfth birthday. Vinnie had begun playing the drums before Darrell received his first guitar. Darrell had previously tried to play the drums; Vinnie later said: "I just got better than him and wouldn't let him play them anymore. Pantera was formed in Vinnie was asked to join a band alongside his high school classmates Terry Glaze guitarTommy Bradford bass and Donny Hart vocals.
Vinnie accepted the invitation, but on the condition that Darrell would also join the band. InDarrell made the same request when Dave Mustaine asked him to join Megadeth. ByHart left the band and was replaced by Glaze on vocals, while Rex Brown took Bradford's place as bassist.
Glaze said: "[Abbott] just morphed over a six-month period. When he came out, he could play, like, " Eruption " and " Crazy Train ". Inspired by Kiss, Van Halen and Judas Priest, Pantera originally had a glam metal style and was image conscious: the members wore spandexmakeup and hairspray when on stage. Pantera released its first album, Metal Magicinwhen Abbott was Published: October 10, As rumours swirl that Eddie Van Halen is very ill and suffering from an unconfirmed illness, those close to him — including one particular pretty woman — have recently made it a point to visit him, for what they fear may be the last time.
Sources tell gossip writer A. Benza that Van Halen has gotten some visits from his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, who split with the year old rocker in after 21 years of marriage. Sources say she jumped at the chance to see if there was something she could do to make his days any easier. And I think she feels Eddie needs that now. Though former front man David Lee Roth recently claimed in a radio interview that Van Halen was near death — possibly battling a return of the tongue cancer that almost killed him in — he was recently spotted at a Hollywood bar.
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Related Posts. Top Stories. This Week's Flyers. Comments We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts.By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail. Eddie Van Halen is suffering from throat cancer which he believes he contracted after years of sucking on his metal guitar pick, according to reports. The veteran rocker, 64, was diagnosed with cancer nearly 20 years ago and has been travelling between the United States and Germany for treatment, TMZ reports.
The Van Halen star, who was a 'heavy smoker', is said to blame holding the pick in his mouth while on stage for his diagnosis.
The veteran rocker, pictured inbelieves he contracted the disease after years of sucking on his metal guitar pick, according to reports. He had a third of his tongue removed in A source told TMZ 'for the most part it's worked to keep the disease in check' and he is 'doing okay'. Eddie told Billboard in 'I used metal picks — they're brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer. So that's one theory.
I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it's possible. Eddie changed the planet. I think they're on a hiatus. Van Halen last performed in at at L. Eddie is pictured in Lukather added: 'There's been some health issues that they're dealing with and stuff like that. We're older guys now, and to go on the road, and stuff like that, it requires a lot of extra effort in terms of as a human being.
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View all. More top stories. Bing Site Web Enter search term: Search. Boris Johnson is given 'all clear' from coronavirus as he is spotted walking with Carrie and Dilyn the dogIn the late '70s and '80s, Van Halen ruled both arena rock and hard rock radio. The band's elaborate, dazzling stage shows delighted and metaphorically melted the faces of its millions of fans who came to see them perform their huge hits.
But it hasn't been good times all the time for the rock band. The group has endured a lot of lineup changesand they've dealt with the consequences of that rock 'n' roll lifestyle not to mention the consequences of just being alive. So while Van Halen has brought a lot of joy to the world and themselvesits members have had a rough go of it, and they've faced some pretty awful setbacks. He was always good for a quippy quote, bounced around on stage, and mugged for the cameras.
That left the rest of Van Halen, still a very hot act, scrambling to find a new lead singer to keep the gravy train rolling. Amazingly and surprisingly, several of the band's initial choices turned down the gig that eventually went to hard rock solo artist Sammy Hagar.
Another interesting pick that could've been was the honey-voiced Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates. When Hagar was a guest on Hall's show Live at Daryl's Househe asked Hall about the rumor that he'd been asked to join his old band. This wasn't Van Halen acting like a bunch of divas, however. In a videoDavid Lee Roth explained that the band's touring show was "the biggest production ever" and difficult to set up in a timely manner because the crews in each town were inexperienced with the ways of a massive rock 'n' roll setup.
If Roth spotted the candies in the bowl, it "guaranteed the promoter had not read the contract rider, and [the band] had to do a serious line check" to make sure all of the stage equipment had been installed safely and correctly.
And seriously, if people didn't pay attention to the contract, there were pretty bad consequences. For example, take the show in Pueblo, Colorado. And as it turns out, he had every right to be mad that the promoters hadn't carefully read the contract.
Even though the floor requirements were laid out in the rider, organizers ignored that section, too. Hagar had started a new band called Planet Us and had asked Anthony if he'd like to join. Van Halen took that to mean that the bassist had quit. Flash forward to when Van Halen wanted to tour with Hagar, and they asked Anthony to get the jilted singer to sign on.
However, if Anthony wanted to be a part of it, he'd have to sign away his legal rights to the Van Halen band name and take a pay cut. Three years later, Van Halen hit the road again, this time with Roth Then when we get back together with Dave, and all of a sudden, he wants back in. It's like, 'No dude, you quit the band. In its '70s and '80s heyday, the members of Van Halen would play a concert in the evening, and then they'd go out and party afterward.
Well, everyone except Eddie Van Halen, who'd elect to stay back in his hotel room to write songs, work on guitar riffs, and ingest copious amounts of vodka and cocaine. The blow keeps you awake, and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions," Van Halen told Billboardlater adding, "I was an alcoholic, and I needed alcohol to function.
Van Halen's descent into addiction began young — very young. I got drunk before I'd show up to high school. Byhe'd turned into, as he told Billboard, "an angry drunk. He's reportedly stayed off of substances since Rock stars get together with actresses and models — that's just the natural order of things.
It must've been close to love at first sight because the pair married in Apriljust eight months after they became a couple, according to NBC's Today. However, drugs go hand in hand with rock 'n' roll, and they were also a part of this rock 'n' roll marriage from even before it started. Bertinelli wrote in her memoirLosing It and Gaining My Life Backthat as she and Van Halen filled out a pre-marriage questionnaire sent by their wedding officiant, they "each held a little vial of coke.However the April report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports.
Thankfully, Van Halen guitarist is alive and well. Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented year-old guitarist was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax. Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months.
Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a guitarist of Eddie Van Halen's stature would be major news across networks. Some fans have expressed anger at the fake report saying it was reckless, distressing and hurtful to fans of the much loved guitarist.
Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
See more newspictures and video.A recently released photo of Eddie Van Halen has raised many speculations about the state of his health. In the picture, Eddie appears almost unrecognizable.
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At age 64, the musician appears quite swollen and apparently bald in the image, with a look similar to that of a person undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Recently, TMZ stated that the guitarist is suffering from throat cancer.
Sleaze Roxx reported the fact and it is not yet known what is really about the state of health of Eddie, one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but this image has set the alert for Van Halen fans. Last month Eddie Trunk said in an episode of his radio show on SiriusXM that a Van Halen reunion tour featuring David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and the brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen was scheduled to take place this year ofbut ended up being canceled due to a member disease.
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Van Halen revealed in an interview that he has never been able to read music. Instead, he learned from watching and listening. During recitals of Bach or Mozart, he would improvise. From throughhe won first place in the annual piano competition held at Long Beach City College.
Van Halen's view was, "What? I thought I was playing it correctly! After Eddie heard Alex's performance of The Surfaris ' drum solo in the song " Wipe Out ", he decided to switch instruments and began learning how to play the electric guitar. According to Eddie, as a teen, he would often practice while walking around at home with his guitar strapped on or sitting in his room for hours with the door locked. Eddie and Alex formed their first band with three other boys, calling themselves The Broken Combsperforming at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, where Eddie was in the fourth grade.
Eddie would later say that this was when he first felt the desire to become a professional musician. I've always said Eric Clapton was my main influence," Van Halen said, "but Jimmy Page was actually more the way I am, in a reckless-abandon kind of way.
Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed a band in Records offered the band a recording contract.
Upon its release, Van Halen reached No. VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top hard rock artists of all time.
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Inhe played the guitar solo in Michael Jackson 's " Beat It. He also provided a guitar solo on the album's track "Eagles Fly". Inhe co-wrote the riff of a song with Black Sabbath members, Tony MartinTony Iommi and Geezer Butlercalled "Evil Eye" on the Cross Purposes album, but he was not credited due to record company restrictions. Inhe recorded two new instrumental tracks "Rise" and "Catherine" which debuted in a pornographic feature entitled Sacred Sin.
The feature was directed by well-known adult film director Michael Ninna friend of Eddie's. Inhe had a cameo role in the season seven premiere of the sitcom Two and a Half Menin which he played the main riff from "As Is" from A Different Kind of Truth. Van Halen's approach to the guitar has influenced an entire generation of guitarists.
Van Halen, like many rock guitarists, has never, fully, learned to read music.