In a recent interview with Rock Talks, when Peter Dolving was asked about his memories from Damageplan Tour, he mentioned Dimebag Darrell as a true rock star.
Dimebag Darrell was a member of Pantera, the most successful heavy metal band of that era. However, the band split because of the problems between the members. Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul continued as Damageplan. During the promotion of their only album, ‘New Fund Power,’ on the stage of Columbus nightclub, Darrel was shot by a Pantera fan, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In an interview with Peter Dolving, the former member of the Swedish band, The Haunted, he talked about Damageplan Tour. Peter called Darrell a true rock star and explained that Darrell knew well what they were doing with their music that he could guide others as well. Dolving also stated that Darrell was drinking himself to death before his tragic death.
Dolving indicated if rock stars’ expression of themselves on the stage is interpreted in a good way, instead of being named narcissism, it is a communal therapy. Dolving continued by saying that if people think that they should be in a higher position to be a privileged person, it kills these people and rock stars. He noted rock and roll kill rock stars.
Here is what Dolving said in the interview:
“Here’s the deal. Dimebag was a true rock star. End of the story. He was a real rock star. And I think it killed him before the terrible tragedy. I think he drank himself to death, but he was still going. His body was still moving and going. But he was fantastic. F*cking fantastic because he had that power to make everyone crack up and stop taking themselves out of the god damn seriously and getting with the plan of what we are here to do right now. And that’s what’s important, you know. It really is.
You don’t have to get caught into the kind of spiral that comes around you, big narcissists that are all of us who are artists. All of us. That’s one of the issues why we need to talk about neuropsychiatry. Almost all of us who get up on stages with microphones with a true need to express, well, this is something called narcissism. And we’ve had this idea that all the diagnoses are if you have a neuropsychiatric diagnosis in any aspect because they are not set, they are just aspects.
But the thing is today; we know that these are expressions of true needs for therapeutic redemption, as I said, catharsis, witnessing. This is healing, and it’s so much more about communal healing. It kills people as well because it becomes this thing that people are chasing, running after because we believe in the privilege that comes with an elevated position. Huge interesting discussion from a philosophical perspective. What it means in rock and roll is it burns out rock stars, and it kills them. We have better ways of addressing that whole thing today.”
You can watch the whole interview below.