Today (December 8th), marks the 18th death of founding Pantera shredder, Dimebag Darrell. Naturally, tributes from throughout the metal community have been posted on social media all day, and now Dimebag's ex-bandmate, Rex Brown, and longtime friend, Charlie Benante, who's drumming for Pantera's newly-reformed lineup, have shared their own toasts to the legendary axman.
"It's been 18 years since Dimebag Darrell was tragically taken," Brown wrote on Instagram. "Thanks to all of you for keeping his memory alive! Make sure you do a blacktooth or three in his honor. R.I.P. Jeffrey Mayhem Thompson, Nathan Bray & Erin Halk who also lost their lives trying to protect Dime."
For the uninitiated, the "blacktooth" — or "Black Tooth Grin" — was Dimebag's signature cocktail, a mix of Crown Royal, Seagram's 7 and Coca-Cola that the musician and his Pantera bandmates slugged like water back in the day. The other men Brown shouted out were other people who were tragically killed by the gunman who fatally shot Dimebag onstage during that brutal night in 2004.
Benante kept his post to Dime short and sweet. "Remembering Dimebag Darrell today and everyday," the drummer wrote alongside a photo of he and Dimebag rocking out with guitars.
See both posts below. Rest in power Dimebag Darrell.