Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo recently took to his Instagram to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell with a birthday celebration, saying everyone misses him very much.

Dimebag Darrell was a talented guitarist who first laid his hands on a guitar at age 12. He joined Pantera at a young age and rose to prominence with his exceptional guitar playing. In 1995, tensions began to arise within Pantera, and they released the 2000’s album ‘Reinventing the Steel’ before their eventual separation in 2003.

After this news, Darrell decided to form Damageplan with his brother Vinnie Paul and worked on several other side projects. Sadly, on December 8, 2004, a fan shot and killed the guitarist while performing on stage with Damageplan. The murderer was a 25-year-old man named Nathan Gale, whose primary motive was Pantera’s split.

Darrell and Phil Anselmo were long-time friends, but their relationship was turbulent. In a previous interview, the guitarist stated Anselmo’s singing was negatively affected by his addiction, and Anselmo said Darrell deserves to be severely beaten. Due to this controversial remark, Anselmo couldn’t attend his funeral.

Sad because he couldn’t be there, Anselmo apologized many times to fans and Darrell’s family. In an Instagram post on August 20, the singer celebrated the late guitarist’s 56th birthday with a touching message. Anselmo then stated Darrell is loved, badly missed, and always in his mind.

Phil Anselmo’s Instagram post read:

“He’s loved, always in mind & badly missed. It’s his birthday; light it up!

Below, you can see the pictures Anselmo posted on IG.