Dan Epstein

Dan Epstein is an award-winning journalist and author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars & Strikes: Baseball & America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76. He does his best writing in his bathrobe.

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society performs on stage during the Marshall 50 Years Of Loud concert celebrating Marshall Amplifiers 50th anniversary at Wembley Arena on September 22, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Get

Black Label Society Leader Zakk Wylde on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was Like the Rat Pack All in One Guy'

Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Black Label Society leader and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde remembers the fun-loving side of his close friend.