A gunman's attack on a Texas-based heavy metal band during an Ohio concert left at least five people dead, prompting stunned fans around the country to check in at the group's Web site early Thursday (December 8, 2004).
The attack on the band Damageplan began as the musicians started playing their first song Wednesday night. A witness said the gunman first targeted guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, shooting him multiple times at point-blank range at the crowded Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.
The gunman killed at least four people and wounded at least two others before police fatally shot him. Authorities have not released the victims' names.
Vinnie Abbott was a former drummer in Damageplan's predecessor, Pantera.(Dimebag Darrell was lead guitarist in Pantera - added) A key band in 1990s heavy metal, Pantera was nominated several times for Grammy Awards. A song by the band became the Dallas Stars hockey team's signature tune in 1999.
December 8 was also John Lennon's death anniversary 24 years ago. This makes it a truly dark day in music history. Dec 8 is also traditionally the date of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment
It is not clear what drove the gunman's crazy actions. The music world will be much affected by this loss. Both Damageplan and Pantera made phenomenal music. I, for one, know what my playlist for the day shall be in the memory of Dimebag Darrell
Another band member was also killed. Some reports indicate this may be the band's singer, Patrick Lachman, earlier with Diesel Machine and guitarist with Rob Halford of Judas Priest - This is not true, as reported by Metal Hammer
From Brave Words, the gunman, Nathan Gale, apparently blamed Dimebag for the breakup of Pantera
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