During his career, Dimebag Darrell was never shy about giving credit to many of the great artists who influenced him along the way.
From the bands themselves, such as Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath to guitar legends Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Pat Travers and Jimi Hendrix, Dimebag was as passionate as a fan as he was a performer. Even tattooing Ace Frehley’s image (which the Kiss guitarist would later sign for him) on his chest.
In addition to this though, he also cited many of his contemporaries as a source of inspiration. However, to some it may still come as a surprise that the late 80’s, around the time of Pantera’s “Power Metal” era, Dimebag often covered songs on stage by fellow guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani.
In the fan-shot video clip below, shot in 1988, see Darrell (Diamond in those days) play though around a minute of “Crushing Day,” off of Satriani’s album Surfing with the Alien.
This was apparently a regular addition to the set during the bands ’88 tour, with Dime also incorporating elements of “Echo” (also from Joe’s aforementioned 1987 release) however, any footage of this is yet to be seen.
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