Black Tooth Grin: The High Life, Good Times, and Tragic End by Zac Crain

By Zac Crain

Black the teeth Grin is the 1st biography of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, the Texas-bred guitarist of the heavy steel band Pantera, who used to be murdered onstage in 2004 by means of a deranged fan—24 years to the day after John Lennon met an identical fate.
Darrell Abbott started as a Kiss-inspired teenage prodigy who gained dozens of neighborhood expertise contests. along with his brother, drummer Vinnie Abbott, he shaped Pantera, turning into probably the most renowned bands of the ’90s and promoting thousands of albums to an intensely committed fan base. whereas the band’s tune was once competitive, “Dime” used to be outgoing, gregarious, and loved by way of all people who knew him.
From Pantera’s heyday to their implosion following singer Phil Anselmo’s heroin habit to Darrell’s tragic finish, Black teeth Grin is a relocating portrait of a superb artist.

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You could tell his heart was in it every time. I’m sure Rex’s and Vince’s were, too. But Darrell, it just seemed like that was what he was all about. That’s what Darrell taught me. Here I am, an older guy in the air force and everything else, and this guy has taught me more in that little time I knew him than most people I know. And it was all about life, and living it. That boy did it. THOUGH HIS brother was already working with Pantera, and his mom worked with Carolyn Abbott, Buddy Blaze resisted early invites to check out the band.

I think it gave him a new youth, basically. ” Just because his dad was always around didn’t mean Darrell didn’t partake in what nightclubs have to offer. “In Texas, if you’re kicking ass up there on that stage, people send you shots to show their appreciation,” Darrell said. “So, what do you do? Turn the shot down and piss off some big-assed dude and his buds? Not in Texas, bro! ” JERRY ABBOTT served a much more vital role in Pantera than merely allowing Darrell access to the stage. For one thing, he gave the band access to a recording studio.

That’s why, though Ken hadn’t been around him on a daily basis for almost two decades, he could do an impression of Darrell that conjures his voice precisely. “You know, they almost grew up together, you can almost say, before they became men,” Kitty says. In each case, the Websters’ introduction to Darrell doesn’t have the makings of history, even the history of a heavy metal band—or, at least, it doesn’t seem to initially. But in the telling, there is the jolt of possibility, as the future unfolds like scenes from a movie.

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