Dimebag & Nickelback!!!
A previously unreleased guitar solo by late Dimebag Darrell will appear on Nickelback’s new album, ‘All the Right Reasons’.
The guitar parts for the 24-second lead were donated by Darrell’s brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, and assembled from outtakes from the Pantera albums ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ and ‘Far Beyond Driven’.
The song, a tribute to Darrell titled ‘Side of a Bullet’, was written three months after the guitarist was killed while performing onstage with Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio. Nickelback mainman Chad Kroeger first penned the song’s aggressive, metallic riff, then wrote call-and-response lyrics from the perspective of a Pantera fan so enraged over Dimebag’s murder that he vows revenge, not realizing the shooter had already been killed by a policeman.
Kroeger said “I was very upset, and for two months, if I saw his picture somewhere I would get angry, I hadn’t lost somebody to a shooting before – it wasn’t as though he’d been killed in some sort of accident. He was taken in such a horrible, malicious way that just made it more painful.”
Once Kroeger finished demoing “Side of a Bullet”, he called up Paul and played it to him to get his take on the tune. Paul liked what he heard and urged Kroeger to write lyrics about Dime.