I've been looking at the above photo for at least 10 minutes with the hugest grin on my face.
I never got the chance to meet or party with Dimebag Darrell, but I've heard my fair share of stories and the dude knows how to get down. Randy Blythe once told a story of the first time he met Dime, he was practically peer-pressured into getting shit-faced on Black Tooth Grins (Dime's drink of choice – Crown Royal or Seagrams 7 with a splash of cola) that he ended up puking all over the place.
Dimebag knows how to throw a great Christmas party as well.
Photographer Matthew Salacus published a story about attending what would be Dime's final Christmas party, and it seems like a party for the ages. There were booze, there was an upside-down Christmas tree with smoke pumping from under it, but the real party began when Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains arrived:
Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains came late, strolling in holding a fist-size Ziploc of white powder in a decorative holiday bag with a rolled-up dollar bill taped to it. It was a white Christmas for all.
How considerate of Jerry to tape up a dollar bill to the bag. You don't want to go searching when you have a massive bag of snow in front of you. At first I questioned if this really happened, but sure enough, you can see photographic evidence right above.
As one commenter on the post pointed out "way to narc on Jerry Cantrell," a very valid point. The first rule of partying with hard drugs involved is you don't exactly speak about it. But all this time has past, and Jerry looks like he's cleaned himself up, so it's not so bad.
The whole story is certainly worth a read. Check it out over at Vice.