! don’t read many books. I find it hard to keep interested in what is written. This book kept me very interested! As a matter of fact I became so engrossed…I put everything else on the back burner! This book was different for me on different levels. First, having been to so many shows at the Alrosa Villa, it’s like a second home to me. Second, many of my friends in the music business were good friends with “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul. Thirdly, I was to be there that night, right up front taking pictures… if not for a prior commitment.
What author Chris A. has tried and accomplished here is incredible. He painstakingly researched, interviewed and gathered as much data as he could to keep this book as accurate to details and true as possible. He gives insight into each of the victims’ lives including the life of Alrosa owner Rick Cautela. He also gives a look inside “The Beast”, the events that brought them all together in December 2004 and the impact the tragedy had on everyone involved and around the world.
On December 8, 2004, (twenty-four years and almost to the minute after John Lennon was murdered) while the band Damage Plan began to play, Nathan Gale jumped on to the stage. He opened fire killing “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Jeffery Thompson, Nathan Bray, Erin Halk and injuring several others before Officer James Niggemeyer brought the carnage to an end four minutes and fifty-nine seconds later.
AVDOP is filled with pictures, quotes from both friends and fans, contributions from families and an inspiring foreword by Officer James Niggemeyer.
Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t read many books but when I do…there is a good reason. That should be reason enough to pick up a copy yourself. Hopefully it will leave you feeling like I do. Feeling like I had known the victims and their families personally and asking myself the question: “What if I was there that night; would I be here writing this now?”