Best known for his pointy red beard, down-to-earth nature, southern-tinged riffs and lightning solos, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was adored by friends and fans all over the world. On the night of Dec. 8, tragedy struck when the 38-year-old heavy metal guitar hero was murdered onstage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio.

Dimebag and his brother, drummer Vinnie (Paul) Abbott, were both founding members of the Grammy-nominated metal supergroup Pantera. As many of you probably know, Pantera was one of the most vocal pro-pot bands of our generation. Aside form the numerous potleaf t-shirts, banners, and lighting they used, Dimebag and Rex also played at the first ever HIGH TIMES / NORML Rock-For-Pot benefit in 1993.

For these, and other personal reasons, I will be writing a special tribute to Dimebag and Pantera in our April issue, to bring you the full story behind his untimely demise and pay homage to the life, music and legacy of this revered metal icon.

Love and respect,
Bobby Black