Chad Kroeger reflects on his relationship with PANTERA’s “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and Vinnie Paul in new interview
Speaking with radio station 97.9 WGRD, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger reflected on his friendship with PANTERA‘s late Abbott brothers. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Vinnie Paul and Dimebag used to say all the time. When the metal community would come down on those guys and be, like, ‘What’s with this love for NICKELBACK? I don’t get it.’ And they would defend us, and it was really, really lovely.
“They were, like, ‘Go watch ’em play. And then say they suck. Or then say something negative about them.’ Because my favorite thing is when someone comes to the show, and they go, ‘Honestly, I wouldn’t call myself a fan, but I would definitely go see that show again.’ I’m, like, ‘I’ll take that. I’ll take that all day long. That’s a hell of a compliment.'”
Kroeger also touched on Dimebag‘s murder in 2004, saying: “That one hurt,” he said. “I had a tough time — really tough time — with that one for such a long time. You’d see him on [the cover of] a guitar magazine or something like that, and I’d be standing there in a grocery store. And my girlfriend would go to pull me. She’s, like, ‘C’mon, let’s go.’ And she can’t move me. And then she looks over and there’s just tears streaming down my face. And I’m, like, ‘Ugh.’ And she’s, like, ‘Do you wanna go home?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yup. I wanna go home right now.'”
Chad added that the Abbott brothers were “talented, down-home, amazing individuals. And Jerry Cantrell from ALICE IN CHAINS actually introduced me to them,” he said. “We were on tour together, and he goes, ‘Hey, you’re gonna meet the brothers tonight.’ And we were pulling into Dallas. And I said, ‘The brothers?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, buddy. You’ll see.’ I didn’t know what the hell he meant at first. And the next thing I know I’ve got Dime and Vinnie on my bus. And I was just, like, ‘Dude, this is the coolest day of my life.'”
NICKELBACK released the song “Side Of A Bullet” back in 2005, which was inspired by Dimebag‘s murder. “Side Of A Bullet” featured a previously unheard guitar solo from Dime that was edited together from outtakes from a couple of the band’s albums.
The song was written shortly after Dimebag Darrell was killed, and almost featured Vinnie Paul on drums, who eventually decided that NICKELBACK drummer Daniel Adair had done a good enough job behind the kit for the original track. “He thought about it for a while,” Kroeger said, “then he decided that Daniel had done such an amazing job that we should leave it the way it was. That’s when he sent the guitar parts from ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ and ‘Far Beyond Driven’, which we used for the solo.” .