On the 16th anniversary of his murder, watch Dimebag jam Thin Lizzy, Metallica and Led Zep covers with Vinnie Paul

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When the members of Pantera walked off stage at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan on August 26, 2001 none of them knew they had just played their final show together. The Texan band had a European tour booked for the following month, and were in Dublin on September 11, 2001 to launch the tour when events in New York threw the world into turmoil. Phil Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul would never share a stage again... but three quarters of the band, minus Phil, would.

That occasion was December 31, 2001, when Vinnie Paul’s side band Gasoline played  a rowdy New Year’s Eve show in Dallas, Texas. With Vinnie and his younger brother Dimebag joined by vocalist Thurber T Mingus and bassist Sean Time, Gasoline cranked out covers of Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak and Metallica’s Seek And Destroy, before being joined onstage by Rex Brown and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell for a thunderous version of Pantera’s Walk. The party concluded with the three Pantera members jamming on Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick, the final song the trio would play together.

On December 8, 2004, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage in Columbus, Ohio, during a performance by his post-Pantera band Damageplan.

Rest In Power Dime.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.