U.P.O. Bassist: DIMEBAG Was 'Somebody Who Inspired All Of Us'

December 10, 2004

U.P.O. bassist Zoltan has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott:

"First time I saw Darrell play live, I was in Europe… and it really caught me by surprise… You just had to see this guy play guitar to believe it… He was punishing… Still to this day, that was one of the most solid shows I've ever seen… I remember at one point he was jumping off this high riser, and he was looking right at me grimacing with his tongue out — while he switched pickups and adjusted his volume in mid air… then hit the floor on cue just in time to step on his pedals… I was so impressed that we rented a car and drove after them to see the next two shows of the tour… He was un-fuckin-believable…

"It is beyond words when a lunatic asshole who had nothing positive to give to this world takes down somebody precious, somebody who inspired all of us…

"…And to all you concert-goers… Don't let this asshole take away your music too… There are going to be parents all across the country who won't let their kids go to see bands… saying that rock or metal is violent or dangerous… But this IS NOT metal… this has nothing to do with metal… John Lennon had nothing to do with metal… This can (and did) happen in a McDonalds, or in a school… You're still going… Probably Dimebag would be the first to tell you… go see a band today… any band… rock out… that's your damage plan… one jackass can't take down all of us…

"\m/ R.I.P. Dimebag \m/"

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