Black Tooth Grin: The High Life, Good Times, and Tragic End of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

By Zac Crain

Black enamel Grin is the 1st biography of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, the Texas-bred guitarist of the heavy steel band Pantera, who used to be murdered onstage in 2004 via a deranged fan—24 years to the day after John Lennon met the same fate.

Darrell Abbott started as a Kiss-inspired teenage prodigy who received dozens of neighborhood expertise contests. along with his brother, drummer Vinnie Abbott, he shaped Pantera, turning into essentially the most renowned bands of the ’90s and promoting thousands of albums to an intensely committed fan base. whereas the band’s track used to be competitive, “Dime” used to be outgoing, gregarious, and cherished through everybody who knew him.

From Pantera’s heyday to their implosion following singer Phil Anselmo’s heroin habit to Darrell’s tragic finish, Black teeth Grin is a relocating portrait of a good artist.

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Their supervisor used to be only a wild guy. He used to be sitting through the door, and he ripped 22 – BLACK teeth GRIN off the palms of this chair—it was once, like, a wood chair. And he beat the door or anything. He tousled the door. We attempted to get out earlier than they discovered out. good, we didn’t fairly make it out of the car parking zone. there has been this ol’ cowboy that, the evening earlier than, we’d given him a trip. He was once too under the influence of alcohol, so Darrell and that i gave him a trip again to Gainesville—because that was once the nearest Jack within the field open at within the morning. So, besides, we didn’t have the cash they usually weren’t going to allow us to move. They referred to as the police and every little thing. good, this man comes as much as get his truck. He discovered what sort of difficulty we’re in. He obtained one among our little amps, and it was once any such piece of shit. however it used to be Pantera and he was once fairly hyped approximately it. He paid the 2 hundred cash or no matter what we wanted and he acquired the amp. That’s how we acquired out of that. As for the opposite classes within the university of rock, the band merely fared marginally larger. “Darrell and Vince have been so antidrug,” Snellings says. “Especially Vince. Rex and that i may smoke pot and they’d get particularly ticked off. ” Rick E. Warden believes this used to be a front—at least the place Darrell was once involved. Vince? That was once diverse. “I continuously considered Vince because the giant brother, virtually daddy type,” Warden says. Like, “Hey, be cool round Vince. ” We don’t wish Vince to bust us, you recognize? I guarantee you, even though, that Darrell smoked pot, pretty well every day, from 16, seventeen on. yet he revered his occupation, and the expertise he had, so he wouldn’t out himself in too ordinary of a state of affairs the place he HEAVY steel ideas – 23 could get in hassle. How he used to be round other folks, there could have been form of facets of Darrell, to some degree, again within the prior days, due to him holding himself from entering into difficulty. i might say that that wouldn’t fall within the class of being two-faced, if that’s the way in which he used to be with another humans. That used to be simply attempting to play it shrewdpermanent and defend the expertise. Darrell, in reality, had adequate of a name that he’d already earned his recognized nickname: Dimebag. “All he could ever keep on him was once a dime bag,” Warden says. “He wouldn’t allow you to provide him greater than that. He’d be, like, ‘No, dude, I don’t are looking to have any longer than what i will be able to put off this present day. I don’t are looking to get stuck. ’ So he used to be regularly acutely aware that— you recognize, his profession was once so vital, he wasn’t going to jeopardize it. That’s why he might by no means take greater than a dime bag—and I suggest we’re speaking approximately humans giving him the stuff. ” ingesting was once a totally diversified animal. not anyone used to be shy approximately knocking again a few chilly ones. “We used to drink Coors Light,” Glaze says. “That used to be water [to us]. ingesting age was once eighteen again then, and that’s what we drank. yet not anyone did something other than that. We have been simply out of highschool. None of that different stuff was once round. We have been regularly goody twoshoes. ” certainly, by means of the criteria Darrell might later set, whilst he gulped his signature “black teeth grins” through the dozen and went via lifestyles with a normally everlasting buzz, these teenage street journeys slightly certified as dabbling.

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