#48 Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) 1992 Interview

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A never-before-published interview with Dimebag Darrell from 1992.

In this episode, we have metal guitar legend Darrell Abbott, also known as Dimebag Darrell. At the time of this interview in 1992, Dimebag was 25 years old and was out on tour in support of Pantera’s album “Vulgar Display of Power.” In the interview, Dimebag talks about his guitar trick that he wants everyone to learn; how Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, and Ace Frehley were his influences; how great his dad was; and how Pantera writes their music.

00:00 – Intro Dimebag Darrell Interview

01:11 – Being banned from a local guitar competition as a teenager

03:20 – Whether being from Texas affects his playing

04:36 – What he listened to when he was younger

05:12 – Being influenced by Randy Rhoads and Ace Frehley

07:20 – What guitar scales he knows

07:42 – Who taught him to play guitar and the first song he played

08:30 – How great his dad was

09:42 – Wanting his own guitar tone

11:02 – Yelling at his brother to keep it down

11:21 – The guitar trick he wants everyone to learn

12:40 – His new whammy pedal

13:15 – The way he writes solos

15:07 – Whether he plays a lot of acoustic guitar

15:43 – Whether he thinks he’s a good enough player for thrash music

16:45 – How he traded a joint for a guitar pick-up

18:07 – His guitar chops

18:46 – Why he loves Dean Guitars

22:19 – Playing with his brother Vinnie

23:34 – Playing the Moscow concert in front of 1.6 million fans

26:32 – Whether he’s ever been hurt at a gig

27:10 – How Pantera writes their music

28:26 – Whether he has any ideas for the next album

28:59 – His top five essential guitar albums

This week’s episode also introduces a new interviewer to The Tapes Archive. The interview you are about to hear was conducted by Pete Prown. Pete is a veteran music journalist and has interviewed the world’s top guitarists for over 35 years. He’s currently Music Editor at Vintage Guitar magazine and editor of the “Legends of Rock Guitar” Facebook page. His work has appeared in Guitar Shop, Guitar for the Practicing Musician, and Guitar Player magazine, among other titles.


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