In a recent conversation with Tampa Bay Times, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine shows his respect to late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.
When asked, if they were “into each other’s gear” or if they had different approach or philosophies on the instruments, Dave said that “I did not”, because he thinks that Dimebag was so much better then him.
Here is what Dave said:
“I did not. He may have, because he was a better guitar player than I am, and he was much more into that stuff.
Being a bandleader/guitar player/rhythm player/lead player/blah blah blah, I don’t have the availability to spend as much time working on my solos as I’d like to. But I’m also very satiated with what I’ve done with my career.
And with Darrell, when you look at his playing, he’s a monster. He’s one of those guys that in trios, with the bottom dropping out, he was really able to keep that going.
Of course, on the studio releases, there was an additional track going, but live, that’s the real litmus test, right? And he was a spectacle to watch.”
Dave Mustaine also tells an untold story about him and Darrell. He says once he called Darell up and asked if he wants to play for Megadeth.
Here is the statement:
“I actually called him up and asked him to play in Megadeth. Fate would have completely changed if I would have called him before I called Nick Menza. I said, ‘Hey, Darrell, I’m looking for a guitar player.’
And he goes, ‘Can I bring my brother?’ And I went, ‘Who’s your brother?’ He goes, ‘Vinnie Paul! Don’t you know Vinnie Paul?’ He wanted to bring his brother and have him play with us, and I go, ‘Oh, man, I just hired Nick Menza.’
Can you imagine what Vinnie and Darrell would have been with me and Junior [David Ellefson]? Would’ve been pretty cool.”