Rex Brown & Charlie Benante mark 18th anniversary of “Dimebag” Darrell’s death

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Pantera bassist Rex Brown and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante are marking the 18th anniversary of late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s death.

On December 8, 2004, Abbott was playing the Alrosa Villa music venue in Columbus, Ohio, with his post-Pantera band Damageplan when a man stormed the stage with a gun and murdered him. 

In an Instagram post, Brown writes, “It’s been 18 years since Dimebag Darrell was tragically taken. Thanks to all of you for keeping his memory alive!”

Brown also shares a tribute to the three other people who were killed in the attack: Damageplan head of security Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson, Alrosa Villa employee Erin Halk and audience member Nathan Bray.

“RIP Jeffrey Mayhem Thompson, Nathan Bray & Erin Halk who also lost their lives trying to protect Dime,” Brown writes.

Benante, meanwhile, has posted a tweet reading, “Remembering @dimebagdarrell today and everyday.”

Brown and Benante are currently playing together in a reformed version of Pantera, also featuring longtime vocalist Phil Anselmo and Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde in place of Dime. Benante is handling drums in place of Dime’s late brother, Vinnie Paul, who died in 2018 of a heart condition.

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