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100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 35 "Cemetery Gates" (Dimebag Darrell)

“Cemetery Gates”
Soloist: Dimebag Darrell
Album: Pantera—Cowboys from Hell (Elektra, 1990)

“I got home with a pretty good buzz on, picked up my axe, turned on the 4-track, cranked it loud as hell with the loose buzz theory that anything and everything goes, and just played it,” Dimebag recalls.

“I played three solos back to back, didn’t bother listening to ’em and crashed out not so happy. The next morning I woke up thinking I had a lot of work to do…I almost started from scratch but then decided to slow down and listen.

"So I fired up my 4-track, put my ears on and bam! Lo and behold, there it was!

"The first lead I played the night before was it for sure. Hey man, the second and third weren’t bad, but the first had that first-take magic! I didn’t touch it.”

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