Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Inspired Dave Grohl To Be The ‘Nicest Guy In Rock’


Can you think of anything bad to say about Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl? Neither can we!

Because February 17th is “Radom Acts of Kindness Day,” we learned that the former Nirvana drummer was inspired by the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell to become the “nicest guy in rock” we know him as today.

When speaking with Rolling Stone in 2014, Grohl recalled a story of how he became friends with the members of Pantera, and the example that was set by Dimebag. “There was an Ozzfest in England in 1998, and Korn canceled. So we got the call. It was Slayer, Pantera and Black Sabbath. We had to go on after Pantera. I was so terrified: ‘There’s gonna be a riot. I’m gonna get drawn and quartered. No one’s going to like our band.’

“But we played, and I looked to the side. The guys from Pantera are watching us and singing the lyrics to our songs. Afterwards we made friends with Pantera. I was nervous and scared; I didn’t think I fit in. But they were so open to us. That backstage hospitality we try to have – it all came from Pantera. [Guitarist] Dimebag Darrell was the nicest f**king guy in the world. He could walk in and do a shot of Crown Royal with Justin Bieber, with Rick Nielsen, with James Brown – he was everybody’s best friend. And you could feel that energy when he was playing.

“After that day, I was like, ‘From now on, everybody’s allowed in this room. I don’t care if it’s Britney Spears.’ I became the backstage best friend. Whenever I showed up at a festival, the first thing I’d do is grab a bottle of whiskey and go knocking on doors to see who the funniest people are. You’d be surprised who the real f**king nutcases are.”

(source: Rolling Stone)