Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Remembers DIMEBAG DARRELL

December 16, 2004

Former ANTHRAX/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook attended the public memorial service for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on Tuesday night (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas.

Regarding the service, Crook said, "[Tuesday] night was both incredibly sad and beautiful. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at times. Zakk [Wylde] and Edward [Van Halen] had me in hysterics while Vinnie [Abbott] and Rex [Brown] had me sobbing. The video that was put together was great. It showed Dime in 1988 tearing up Randy Rhoads and METALLICA licks. There was so much love in that room, so much metal."

Crook also forwarded to BLABBERMOUTH.NET his thoughts on Dimebag's tragic loss.

"It started with severe crying," Crook said. "My head was pounding from all of the congestion and tears. After that came confusion. Then ANGER!!! WHY?! MY FRIEND, MY HERO, A MAN THAT YOU COULDN'T HELP BUT BE DRAWN TO BY HIS LOVING, KIND, GRACIOUS, HYSTERICAL NATURE. THE BEST METAL GUITARIST I HAVE EVER HEARD WITH A SOUND AS BIG AS HIS HEART HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM ME, FROM ALL OF US!!!

"Vinnie and Rita, I am so deeply saddened for you. I just keep thinking that Dimebag is in heaven eating mom's pea salad.

"DIMEBAG!!!!!!!!! You played your guitar to the last second of your amazing, beautiful life. I LOVE YOU!!!

"Paul 'Dr. Kevorkian' Crook

"P.S.: Dimebag gave me that nickname in '98."

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