In an interview with Guitar World magazine, slain guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s girlfriend of 20 years, Rita Haney, is pointing fingers at Panetera singer Phil Anselmo for causing Dimebag to be murdered on stage on December 8, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio by deranged gunman Nathan Gale. “If Phil Anselmo hadn’t quit Pantera, Darrell wouldn’t have been playing in that sh**hole where that guy could get to him,” Haney fumed in the mag’s March 2008 issue, on sale January 15th.
She also didn’t have kind words for the lead singer of the band Dimebag was playing with that night, Damageplan. “I remember in his final days, Darrell was calling me a lot and he told me that he didn’t know what to do about [vocalist] Pat Lachman,” Haney explained. “Pat said that he didn’t want to sing any Pantera songs, but he knew what he was getting into when he joined the band. It got to the point where Darrell blew up completely. He said, ‘Look, if I want a dickhead for a singer I’ll call up Phil Anselmo! I can at least make money with that motherfu**er.'” The full story at guitarworld.com has since been archived.