The members of Pantera urged club promoters/owners to beef up security for artists in the wake of Christina Grimmie's murder this weekend. Citing the onstage 2004 murder of lead guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott by a fan at a Columbus, Ohio, gig during a show by his band Damageplan, the group posted a Facebook message juxtaposing pictures of Grimmie and Abbott.
"We are so sad and disappointed to hear that Christina Grimmie was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was," they wrote. "After Dime's murder, we all prayed that our industry (i.e. club owners & promoters) would do whatever they needed to do to protect artists from gun wielding fanatics. Sadly, that's not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE!"