Van fucking Halen

I just read the following article (via this article at Metal Underground), and I felt the need to post about it. The article is an interview wih Vinnie Paul Abbott, the brother of the late ‘Dimebag’ Darrel Abbott. I’ve covered Dimebag’s murder before, so if you’re unaware of what happened, feel free to read back and catch up. The interview covers a few disjoint topics, but the following is the part I would like to focus on.

Montreal Mirror: Do you have any particular memories of Dimebag that stick out in your mind?Vinnie Paul: "There really are so many. I remember the last time I saw him. We used to have a code word, which was 'Van Halen,' and that just meant to let it all hang out and have a really good time, because we both thought VAN HALEN were just one of the most kick-ass bands ever. He was warming up on his guitar before our show like he always did, and putting chapstick on his lips like he always did before a show. I just went up to him and said, 'Van Halen,' and he looked over at me and said, 'Van fucking Halen,' and we high-fived each other. I didn't know it, but a minute and a half later I would never hear from him again."

I don’t have a brother, but I’ve got a few close friends that I place in the honorary brother category. We also have our share of secret code words and phrases, so I know completely where Vinnie is coming from. It’s when you know someone so well that you develop your own language, something that can convey a whole gamut of thoughts and experiences with a minimum of ‘standard’ communication. It’s a special thing. I know I would be devastated if I lost one of my brothers, so I can imagine how Vinnie felt when Dime was taken from the world.

I guess the moral of the story is similar to one included in a previous post – something I’ve been thinking of lately. Cherish every moment you have with people that you consider special, because you never know what will happen, or when.

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