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Saved By the Bell star Dustin Diamond’s dying wish was to meet Tool’s Justin Chancellor

Dustin Diamond wanted to meet Tool's Justin Chancellor
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Dustin Diamond, best known for his role as Screech Powers on the ‘90s-era sitcom Saved By The Bell, died on February 1 at the age of 44 at after a battle with stage four lung cancer.

Now, in a new interview with The Sun (opens in new tab), his friend Dan Block revealed that one of Diamond's final wishes was to meet Tool bass guitar player Justin Chancellor, as he had been learning several Tool songs in the hopes of starting a Tool tribute act.

“There are two things Dustin asked for... the ability to talk to Justin Chancellor about music and to be able to visit Disney World to see Star Wars Galaxy Edge,” Block said.

"Dustin was learning to play several Tool songs and wanted to start a Tool tribute band. He was in the process of starting the band before being diagnosed with cancer. He would play the song and play along with his bass while watching YouTube videos.”

Block gave the interview prior to Diamond’s death, in the hopes that it would catch Chancellor’s eye.

"It would be amazing if Justin saw this article and could reach out – it would be granting one of Dustin's dying wishes and we would greatly appreciate it," Block said.

He continued, “He's also a huge Star Wars fan – so we're hoping we can find a way to arrange that."

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.