All I can say is that I am so happy I at least got to see you one time, man. When Pantera first broke with the CFH album I was in college and, honestly, overall, I wasn't that impressed. However over the years, as I gained experience as a musician and wisdom as a human being I really came to understand that you were truly an artist in this genre. You had the ability to take absolutely brutal sounding riffs and make them into cohesive songs that stuck in a persons head. You brought "groove" to heavy metal. Aside from that you had a an ability to play wonderful solos over very challenging figures and make those stick in our heads forever. Darrell, you were most certainly a gift to all of us, and I can definately say that my playing has been touched forever by you. I only wish we could see where Damageplan was going to go with a second, third.....tenth album!!!!!!!!! You and Vinnie Paul were metal's Van Halen brothers; where things just got better and better with each passing year.
And, you were a wonderful human being as well. A buddy of mine was down here in the D/FW area a year or two back, had nowhere really to go and you let him stay at your house. How friggin cool is that?!?!?! What other icon would take in strangers like that. You will always be held in my highest esteem and I will never forget you. I will celebrate your contribution to my favorite style of music for the rest of my days. Rest In Peace, Man!!!! I'm sure your living it up with Hendrix, Randy, Stevie, and all of our other fallen heroes up there. Jamming in some bar up in Heaven and having a great time. Just do us a favor and drop a riff into one of us mortals hands once in awhile so we know what kinda new stuff you have brewing and what we can expect to hear when we meet you on the other side.
Again...RIP DMD....it was an honor to have you with us....Tim