Though I rarely listen to much metal any more, back in the day I was a huge metalhead. I was shaken down to my roots this afternoon when I learned of the murder of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, shot dead on stage during a concert.
He was one of the best guitar players out there, and was as true to metal as anyone could get. Well loved and respected by his peers, he was also one of the good guys, and he'll be missed by many.
My thoughts go out to his family, his friends and all those that were close to him. I wish them as much comfort as can be afforded in the coming difficult times.