So here we are again. August 20th. To any normal person it's just another day. But, to ANY METAL HEAD it's a day to celebrate the birthday of one of the most inspiring players to ever pick up a guitar! He gave his true heart and soul to OUR music with every note! I believe Metal is better because of him. He played with so much passion and so much soul. His guitar didn't weep it screamed! He put everything he had into his craft. And even though he could do anything with the guitar, he always played for the song, which I always thought was amazing. He was a hero to many of us. Not just from his writing/playing but by giving us all a reason to get together and rage, smile, mosh, slam, laugh and forget about life and all the shit it throws on our shoulders to bear. His showmanship was unprecedented and his guitar playing well...there's 'nuff said with nothing having to be said. Just a genius. He taught me so much about life and how to live the right way, Even with his status, He believed in equality among humankind. And he was a kind human. He lived to put a smile on faces no matter what the cost. If a party was boring he'd by the whole Fucking place a black tooth and toast everyone. And then the party would instantly have life. He was a human defibrillator!! Where ever he was, people weren't just living they were ALIVE! He brought so much happiness to people on and off stage. To him the smallest gesture of kindness carried so much weight to the receiver. Though he's not with us in body he is always with us in spirit. He taught me to keep pushing and in his own words no matter what to "keep on keepin' on" and "don't sweat the small stuff" I'm not just writing this to say happy birthday to my heavy metal hero but, also to say thank you Dime for making me who I am. To embrace humility and stay humble so I can always connect with my metal family, the audience that we have the honor to play in front of every night. So everyone raise your glass and give a toast the man and the legend Dimebag Darrel! His legacy will continue to live forever through the music he created. I know it will always live deep within my soul. Keep chasing your dreams Metal Kids! And Metal On! M.C.