Rex Brown of Pantera, Down, and Kill Devil Hill Pays Tribute to Dimebag Darrell
Yesterday marked seven years since Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage. This week, we are posting remembrances of him by his friends and peers. Today, Rex Brown (pictured left)—Dime’s bandmate in Pantera, who has also played in Down and Kill Devil Hill—remembers the impact Darrell had on his life. The new, 100th issue of Revolver, which is available here and on newsstands on December 13, features a free pullout poster of Dimebag.
“I miss Dime every day that fuckin’ goes by. Dime was driven from the time he picked up that guitar. I was around when Darrell couldn’t play a barre chord. Then he discovered Ozzy’s first two records and he started practicing 11 hours a day. And he just came out to be this prodigy.
“It never ceased to amaze me what he was capable of. He always had something in his mind going on musically, and if it wasn’t that, it was a prank to entertain himself because he was always entertaining to people.
“He was the best man at my wedding and he was the warmest cat I’ve ever seen to people that he didn’t know. At the same time, I think Dime really needed to take a little break and have a little seclusion from himself and all the craziness. And he would take those times and sober up and get his stuff together and then write all these amazing riffs while he was taking a shit.
“I think about him all the time. I’ll come up with something and go, ‘Man, what would he think of this?’ And I’ll never be able to get an answer. But I’m still close to Rita [Haney, Dime’s widow]. I was on the phone with her for two hours a few days ago and it always brings a smile to my face when I can talk to her, and she still has the same ideology that Dime had. You know, I can’t believe it’s been this long since he’s been gone and I miss my brother.”
Dimebag photo by Lorinda Sullivan