250 Lost Dimebag Darrell Riffs

Producer Terry Date revealed to Bryce Segall of Revolt that late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell lost a tape containing 250 riffs while the band was working on their chart topping album Far Beyond Driven.

Revolt was speaking to Date for a featuring marking the 20th anniversary of the album when the producer made the revelation. "We were in Nashville staying in this big Holliday Inn highrise plaza or something, a big high rise hotel, and [Darrell] liked to change rooms kinda often, and I remember one day, he came in the studio and said, 'Yeah, I gotta change my room so I just packed all my stuff up and someone from the hotel's gonna move it into a new one for me.

"And the next day he comes in and he goes, 'I lost a DAT tape,' which I don't know if you remember DAT tapes, but he would record his - late at night he'd get a riff idea and he'd just record it onto this tape, and he had a tape with 250 riffs on it, that just ended up missing. Probably left it under a bed or something, whatever, never showed up.

"So for [Far Beyond Driven], that was the early stages of the record too, when they were writing songs, so for that record he had over 250 riffs on there that he was gonna draw from, to use for the record - and he just lost 'em. So there's 250 Dimebag riffs out there someplace, and here's Dime, you know, lost all of his riffs that he prepared, and he says, 'Eh, I'll just write some new ones.'

Check out the full feature with Date here.

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