Black Tooth Grin: The High Life, Good Times, and Tragic End of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott by Zac CrainBlack Tooth Grin is the first biography of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, the Texas-bred guitarist of the heavy metal band Pantera, who was murdered onstage in 2004 by a deranged fan—24 years to the day after John Lennon met a similar fate.Darrell Abbott began as a Kiss-inspired teenage prodigy who won dozens of local talent contests. With his brother, drummer Vinnie Abbott, he formed Pantera, becoming one of the most popular bands of the ’90s and selling millions of albums to an intensely devoted fan base. While the band’s music was aggressive, “Dime” was outgoing, gregarious, and adored by everyone who knew him.
From Pantera’s heyday to their implosion following singer Phil Anselmo’s heroin addiction to Darrell’s tragic end, Black Tooth Grin is a moving portrait of a great artist.
Darrell Lance Abbott August 20, — December 8, , best known by his stage name Dimebag Darrell , was an American musician and songwriter. He was the guitarist of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan , both of which he co-founded alongside his brother Vinnie Paul. As one of the driving forces behind the development of groove metal , he is considered among the most influential guitarists in heavy metal history. A son of country music producer Jerry Abbott , Abbott began playing guitar at age 12, and Pantera released its debut album, Metal Magic , when he was Originally a glam metal musician, Abbott went by the stage name Diamond Darrell at the time. Two further albums in the glam metal style followed in and , before original vocalist Terry Glaze was replaced by Phil Anselmo in and Power Metal was released.
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Darrell was a founding member of the bands Pantera and Damageplan with his brother Vinnie Paul. Darrell is considered to be one of the driving forces associated with groove metal. He started playing the guitar at 12 years old. In he formed Pantera with his brother and the band started achieving commercial success in with their major label debut album Cowboys from Hell. Their breakthrough album Vulgar Display of Power was released in The band has released nine studio albums and their album Far Beyond Driven debuted at 1 on the Billboard chart. Lead singer Phil Anselmo overdosed in after becoming addicted to heroin in
Dimebag Darrell went by Dime. Dimebag Darrell was born on August 20, Dimebag Darrell's birth name is Darrell Lance Abbott. He dropped the nickname "Diamond Darrell" and assumed the nickname "Dimebag Darrell" for the obvious reason he likes pot. Dimebag Darrell died on December 8, at the age of