Judas Priest's Rob Halford says the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott made a strong first impression on him.

The singer tells Loudwire he first became aware of the guitarist in 1990, after seeing him on Canadian TV. Halford recalls that actually went to the TV studio to meet him, and they "hit it off instantly." Rob says that night he joined Pantera for their show at a Toronto club, and could tell Pantera was "gonna be huge." Halford adds that the show inspired him to book the group for the European leg of Judas Priest's "Painkiller" tour.

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says Darrell was not only a great musician but a great man. He explains that Dime was very considerate of others, and always went the extra mile to make sure everyone around him was having a good time. But Ian adds that as a guitarist Darrell was "second to none." He says Dime had "untouchable technical ability," and could do more with just two notes than most guitarist could do with the entire scale.