Rebel Yell

Dimebag Darrell's legacy lives on via new recordings

Vinnie had submitted the disc to Atlantic, which had no idea what to do with it, he says. So rather than shop Rebel to other suitors, he opted to form his own label — something he'd always wanted to do — and issue the album himself. Now, depending on how well the record does, he may actually hit the road with Brown and Coe.

The obvious question: Who would take Dime's place? (My money's on Zakk Wylde.)

"Nobody could ever replace Dime," Vinnie stresses. "I'm not going to say who yet, because we haven't decided if we're going to do it. But there's a couple people that come to mind, people that were very close to Dime; they were good, personal friends who had a lot of the same characteristics and a lot of same values in life. But we talked about it, and if the record does well enough and there's enough demand, I think it would be fun to kick it with the old man for a couple dates and play these hillbilly metal songs, man."

It would be fun for the audience, too — especially considering that Vinnie almost gave up music after Dime died. "I didn't think I was ever going to play again," he says. "My love for it, I felt like, went away when Dime went away." But this project resurrected his love for playing — and Vinnie thinks Dime would have it no other way.

"I don't think you ever get to where you can accept it or deal with it," he concludes. "You just have to keep moving forward. And the only thing I keep thinking is that wherever he is, he wants me to keep kicking as much ass as I can. So that's what I'm doing."

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