The following article from the December 1990 issue represents the very first time Dimebag Darrell appeared in the pages of Guitar World magazine. In the 14 years that followed, Dime was featured on our cover seven times, participated in countless exclusive features and lessons, and churned out his beloved Riffer Madness columns by the dozen. The Guitar World family is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and colleague.
Guitar World asks can a Seattle anarchist, two liberal East Coast rockers and a Southern thrash man co-exist in peace and harmony? Pantera’s Diamond Darrell, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Skid Row’s Snake Sabo and Scotti Hill sit down and face the nation.
To celebrate the release of Pantera’s first new album in four years, Guitar World hustles down to Texas and talks with Dimebag Darrell. After a night of booze, broads and badass rock, this is what we remember.
From the ashes of Pantera rise Damageplan to usher in a new golden age of power-groovin’ metal. In an exclusive interview, legendary guitarist Dimebag Darrell tells the whole truth and nothin’ but the truth, so help him God.