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“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott expressed a month before his tragic murder that he wanted to get Pantera back together, according to close friend and Pantera/Damageplan videographer Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger.

Arnberger gave a lengthy interview to and said, “The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with Slipknot or [Marilyn] Manson, one of the two. And I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and do this [Damageplan] tour through December, and I’ll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we’re gonna have some new sh-t going on. And it’s not gonna be this. Whatever it takes, we’re gonna get these guys back together and do it right.’ … He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what [Damageplan] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to Pantera.”

The following month on December 8, 2004, Abbott was shot during a Damageplan performance at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. He was 38.


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