“Fuck it, Hitchcock,” drawled Dime, downing the dregs of his beer. “We’ve been hammering this for hours and we’re out of booze. Interview and lesson over…we’re hitting a bar, goddammit! Put the camera and tape machine away, I’ll film me playing the riffs we went over when I get home and Fed Ex a tape to ya.”
In this classic entry from his "Riffer Madness" column, Dimebag Darrell talks about more ways to pump up your riffs: Hey, Dad! What's shaking? This month we're gonna rap about a few ways you can pump maximum heaviness into a riff. Read on!
On August 28, 2001, Pantera played their final show — ever — in Yokohama, Japan, at the Beast Feast festival. Below, you can watch them perform a Far Beyond Driven track, "5 Minutes Alone," from this show.
"Come on, dude!" shouts Dimebag Darrell. "We've got steaks to eat, booze to drink and tits to see.” For the last hour, Dime bag has been hanging out in a Hilton suite, answering a continuous barrage of questions about Pantera's new album, Reinventing the Steel (Elektra). It's been four long years since Pantera's last studio effort and there has been a lot of catching up to do. But it's a Saturday night, Guitar World is in town and new adventures are waiting to be had.
“Okay, Zakk, it’s time!” As the morning sun begins to break over the Texas hills, Dimebag Darrell thrusts the keys to a waiting sports utility vehicle in Zakk Wylde’s enormous hand. All through the night, over countless shots of Blacktooth Grin -- the particularly potent and tasty mixture of Crown Royal and Coca Cola that flows like water at Dime’s Arlington-area compound -- the Pantera guitarist has been psyching up Ozzy Osbourne’s right-hand man for this very moment.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).