If he were with us today, Dimebag Darrell would be celebrating his 47th birthday. Sadly, in what has become one of the best-known tragedies of the metal world, he was killed in December of 2004 by a lone gunman who leapt on stage during a show. That was shortly before I began really listening to metal, so at the time I just knew him as the guy with the crazy goatee from the Washburn guitar ads. It was only after his death that I first became familiar with his musical output with Pantera.
In the spirit of remembrance, I'd like to share my first introduction to Dimebag Darrell as a musician. It was this clip, from the 2005 Used and Abused: In Live We Trust concert DVD by In Flames.