Overdrive Productions Offers
Our Sincere Condolences to “Dimebag”
Darrell Abbot’s Brother, Family, and Band
Mates, Pantera & Damageplan
Steve Vinson, lead
singer for The Manny Charlton Band and
the Audio Crew at Overdrive Productions
want to offer our sincere condolences to Dimebag’s
brother “Vinnie Paul”, Darrell’s
family, his former members of Pantera,
and band mates of Damageplan.
Steve Vinson had the opportunity to meet Darrell
and jam with him in November of 1996 (when
Steve’s band played at Sharkey’s
in Fort Worth, Texas).
Born: August 20, 1966
Dallas, TX, USA
Died: December 8, 2004
Rest in Peace Dime.
Darrell Abbott, better
known as "Dimebag",
was the son of country-western
songwriter Jerry Abbott. Dimebag
was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 20,
Dime was introduced to
music at an early age and had natural
musical talent that was enhanced and influenced
by the likes of Jerry Abbott,
Ace Frehley, Randy Rhoads, Gene Simmons
and Eddie Van Halen
Because of his father's involvement in
the music industry, Dimebag took
guitar lessons from famous country music
stars at a very young age.
As a teenager he performed in local talent
competitions and contests in the Dallas
Texas area. Eventually, having won them
all, Darrell was not allowed to enter
amateur musician contests.
Before forming the band Pantera
along with Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown,
and brother Vinnie Paul in 1982,
Dimebag Darrell played
in a variety of nightclubs and bars in
the Dallas / Fort Worth Texas area.
Dimebag was shot to death
on December 8, 2004, during a performance
by Damageplan, at Alrosa
Villa - Columbus, Ohio. A crazed Pantera
fan who was apparently distraught over
the break-up of Pantera,
shot Darrell Abbott 4
times on stage while he was performing.
Steve Vinson would like to
share some personal photographs with fans
of Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Photos were taken
in 1996 during a performance by Steve's band
at Sharkey's in Dallas Texas.
[Left] Steve Vinson of Overdrive Productions With Dimebag Darrell Abbott
at Sharkey's in 1996
[Below] Dimebag Darrell Abbott jams on Steve Vinson's custom Jackson guitar
Darrell was extremely nice, down to earth, not the typical
rock star ego maniac. Steve added that Dimebag came up on stage
and played some KISS tunes and an Eric Clapton song.
The pictures taken here are of “Dimebag” Darrell
jamming on two of Steve's custom Jackson guitars at Sharkey’s
To suddenly lose such an extremely nice person,
talented guitarist, and someone who brought
the world so much enjoyment with his music
is very very sad.
We all mourn the loss
of Darrell. You'll be missed Dimebag!
Steve Vinson &
Audio Crew at Overdrive