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#48 Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) 1992 Interview

from The Tapes Archive | Published 3/24/2021

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 Interview01:11 - Being banned from a local guitar competition as a teenager03:20 - Whether being from Texas affects his playing04:36 - What he listened to when he was younger05:12 - Being influenced by Randy Rhoads and Ace Frehley07:20 - What guitar scales he knows07:42 - Who taught him to play guitar and the first song he played08:30 - How great his dad was09:42 - Wanting his own guitar tone11:02 - Yelling at his brother to keep it down11:21 - The guitar trick he wants everyone to learn12:40 - His new whammy pedal13:15 - The way he writes solos15:07 - Whether he plays a lot of acoustic guitar15:43 - Whether he thinks he’s a good enough player for thrash music16:45 - How he traded a joint for a guitar pick-up18:07 - His guitar chops18:46 - Why he loves Dean Guitars22:19 - Playing with his brother Vinnie23:34 - Playing the Moscow concert in front of 1.6 million fans26:32 - Whether he’s ever been hurt at a gig27:10 - How Pantera writes their music28:26 - Whether he has any ideas for the next album28:59 - His top five essential guitar albumsThis 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. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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