The first concert I attended on my own volition was on July 13th, 1996, the gig was Pantera/White Zombie/EyeHateGod at Coca Cola Starplex in Dallas, Texas. It was also the first time I took LSD. I was 13 years old. At the time, it was the coolest thing I had ever done. Although I spent most of the gig freaking out in a Port-o-Potty, overall the experience left a big impression with me - whether that’s good or not, I do not know. Pantera meant a lot to Dallas - which I know sounds cheesy - but when you grow up in a shitty place full of shitty people, you gotta hold onto the few things that make you proud to be from where you’re from. Mine was Pantera.
Dimebag was probably a nice guy, or at least that what you hear about him. I’m sure he dropped the occasional “N BOMB” here and there, but what are you gonna do? He’s from McKinney, TX, those people are maniacs. He always reminded me of my awful redneck cousins; sure they used to call me a queer, but they would also give me cigarettes. I had to use a stock photo of his tombstone due to the fact that some jag-off was laying down next to Dimebag’s grave blasting “I’m Broken” on his iPad and wouldn’t get out of my way. He seemed pretty terrible and was very, very, ugly. CFH
Not pictured- Eddie Van Halen’s bumblebee guitar from Van Halen II (cuz Dimebag’s buried with it)