Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger opened up about the band’s relationship with Pantera members during a recent interview with Australian Guitar as he talked about their song, ‘Side of a Bullet,’ which was released after the death of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

On December 8, 2004, four people were murdered and three others were wounded in a mass shooting at the Alrosa Villa nightclub. Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was the main target of the attack and he sustained multiple gunshots to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Side of a Bullet’ is Nickelback’s seventh and final single from their fifth album ‘All the Right Reasons’ released in 2005. The track is a tribute to Dimebag Darrell who was shot and killed on stage while performing with his band Damageplan. The song also contains a previously unheard guitar solo from Abbott that was edited together from outtakes off various Pantera albums.

During a recent interview, Mike Kroeger opened up about the loss of Dimebag Darrell and revealed the relationship between Nickelback and Pantera Apparently, the two iconic bands have a close friendship and admiration for each other since Kroeger referred to Pantera members as ‘brothers.’

Here’s what Kroeger stated about the relationship between Nickelback and Pantera:

“We’d known the Pantera guys since a really early time in our career. They were fans of ours from the beginning, and we would always see them out on the road or whenever we would go through Dallas; they would come out and ply us with alcohol. It was always fun to be around those guys.

They were our brothers. And then when Dime was murdered, we wanted to pay tribute to him. We were able to get some of his unused solos and a few other bits of his playing that we would actually lay into the track… It was a really special thing for us.”

You can click here to see the source of the statement and listen to ‘Side of a Bullet’ below.