Several brand-new photos of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's final resting place at the Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas — taken earlier today (February 28, 2006) by Amanda Zurfluh — have been posted online at this location (all pictures are "Copyright A.M.Z 2006"). Dimebag was buried next to his mother, Carolyn Abbott, who passed away in 1999.
KISS donated a "Kiss Kasket" to Dimebag's family for the guitarist to be buried in. The coffin features the faces of the four founding members of KISS, the KISS logo and the words "Kiss Forever".
Darrell was a huge KISS fan and even had a tattoo of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on his chest. In addition, Darrell had Frehley autograph it and had that tattooed to his body as well.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons announced he was giving the family the coffin during an appearance on Fox News' "The Big Story Weekend Edition with Rita Cosby" a couple of days after Dimebag's death. Simmons told Cosby, "Well, I wasn't really prepared to talk about it, but the family requested, as a personal issue between the family and the grieving people who are going to be there, to send a Kiss Kasket. We initially did it as a promotion. And you know, I think it meant a lot to Darrell when, you know — when he was alive, he gave lots of people great joy. I mean he had the band tattooed onto his chest. He was a major figure in rock and roll. He's going to be greatly missed. And the family wish — you know the one last wish they had was that he be buried in a Kiss Kasket. And I think it's a private matter for the family and the fans, actually."
The "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" tribute DVD to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott will be released on May 2 via Big Vin Records, the label formed by Dimebag's brother and bandmate Vinnie Paul. The disc, "which remembers and celebrates the life of my brother," according to Vinnie, will feature Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every serious PANTERA fan will have to own.