Damageplan and Anselmo Spokesman Make Statements About Dimebag Murder
"J" message is below followed by the official statements from Damageplan and Atlantic Records.
"J" writes: I don't have a big official statement. I do have a lot of inside knowledge on the Pantera feud from Philip's side and tonight he gave me the green light to let everyone else in on what I know. He trusts me to do this, and I take 100% responsibility for anything that is inaccurate, but I'm confident you all know I'm not going to touch on this subject unless it's from the heart. He didn't even give me any specifics except for the final part of this post... he just wants me to tell people what I know to be true.
Philip loved Darrell like a brother, always. They accomplished things together that most wouldn't even dare to dream. None of us can know what it's like to be riding such a big machine, it changes the face of music and brings joy millions of people's lives around the globe. The rewards are big, but the stress is unimaginable if things don't go perfectly. Yes Pantera broke up and there was a lot of s*** talking through the media. There are two people on this board (WOLVIE and NGJ) who would periodically ask me about what's going to happen with Pantera in the future. I told them each time that I don't know when, but I'm 100% sure that we will see Pantera together again. I told them that when Pantera does get back together, you will know somebody who never lost faith, not for a second. Why did I tell them this? Because I know Philip loves those guys and when he was ready, he would reach out to them and try to make it work again. I had the feeling that one morning (afternoon maybe), all the CFH boys would just roll out of the rack and say "let's go!".
Of all the time I've spent with Rex and Philip, I never badgered them about Pantera, but the subject did come up every once in a while. As for Rex, he would refer to the state of things simply as "silly nonsense". All I ever got out of Philip was something like "nyaaaa... I just don't feel like sitting down and writing Pantera riffs right now."... and that's it! No crazy accusations, name calling, or carrying on. As a matter of fact, in the middle of all the heat, Philip described Vinnie as "the perfect drummer" and that Vinnie could drum more perfect than a drum machine if he so chose. What he said of Dime, he also repeated tonight. "The best of the best".
It's sad that the media would irritate the situation so much. Countless times, Kate and I would listen in on Phil doing interviews. Always, always, always, the jackals wanted Pantera dirt. Sometimes Philip would give it to them, sometimes he would not. However every single time I was there, he expressed his love for, and wished luck to Vinnie and Dime but that was somehow left out of the final print more times than not. I was at Philip's house a few weeks ago and I informed him that I handle the Official Pantera site now, and he asked me if I talked to Dime. I said "No, when was the last time YOU talked to him?" with a sigh, he said "three years". Not a "f***in right 3 years" not a "yeah three years and it's gonna be three more"... but the dude was genuinely disappointed about the situation. I could tell... the time to patch things up was drawing near.
There's more I want to share, but it's almost 5AM right now, and I just managed to hold myself together long enough to get that out.
Philip isn't hiding out or waiting for the right moment to speak, he's in Texas right now searching for answers to this tragedy the best he can. There was one thing he asked of me, that I humbly bring to you all:
Darrell my brother. The best of the best.
-Philip H Anselmo
BAND ISSUES STATEMENTS
As has been widely reported in the media, Elektra/Atlantic recording group Damageplan suffered a horrible tragedy at their show in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday night. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed, as was the band's head of security, Jeffrey 'Mayhem' Thompson, an employee of the club, Erin Halk, and a member of the audience, Nathan Bray. Chris Paluska, a member of the band's management team who was serving as tour manager, was shot and is in critical but stable condition. John 'Kat' Brooks, the band?s drum tech, was also shot and is being released from the hospital today.
Damageplan made the following statements
(Friday): 'With all his greatness and accomplishments on the guitar, DIME
will be missed more for his giving personality, charisma, caring for others,
and most of all his HEART!! Twice as big as the state of TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!
DIME gave it all everyday to each and every one of us and our lives have
forever been hollowed without him...Thanks to all of you for reaching out
to us in this time of our immeasurable loss. REST IN PEACE BROTHER DIME!!!!!!'
- Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul, brother of Dimebag Darrell
'Jeffrey 'Mayhem' Thompson was not just
a true part of the Damageplan family, but part of the whole Dallas music
scene. He was friend to all, with a great personality. He bent over backward
to help us all with his trademark phrases like 'What can I do for you sir?'
and 'Coming up!' He also stated his willingness to protect us, saying 'I'd
take a bullet for ya,' and unfortunately did in defense of our lives. He
truly lived and died for his friends and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving
his life to save ours. For this we will never forget. You will be missed
- the Damageplan family
Atlantic Records issued the following statement:
'We are shocked and saddened by these horrible and senseless shootings.
This is a tragic event for the music community, and our thoughts and prayers
go out to the victims, their families, and the surviving members of Damageplan
and their crew. Dimebag Darrell was an exceptional musician and an extraordinary
person. Along with his brother and bandmate, Vinnie Paul, he was a member
of the Elektra/Atlantic family for the past 14 years, and he will be deeply
missed. The bravery displayed by Damageplan, their crew, their fans, and
the local police will never be forgotten.'