I wrote this song when I was high on magic mushrooms.
We're excited to be performing in Vegas and be able to reward lucky fans to play at this rockin' Poker event! ... We can't wait to feel the energy and excitement of playing for our Vegas fans.
I was very upset, and for two months, if I saw [Dimebag's] picture somewhere I would get angry.
How could you take his life away (What made you think you had the right?)/ How could you be so full of hate (To take away somebody's life?)/ When I heard you let him die and leave the world, I wondered why/ I sat and home and on my own, I cried alone and scratched your name in the side of a bullet.
[Paul volunteered to play on the song, so Kroeger overnighted him the tape and encouraged him to record a new drum track over the one played by Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair.] He thought about it for a while, ... then he decided that Daniel had done such an amazing job that we should leave it the way it was. That's when he sent the guitar parts from Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven, which we used for the solo.
[Kroeger was introduced to Dimebag and Paul in 2002 in Dallas by former Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who was touring as Nickelback's opening act. A few drinks later, the ex-Pantera members admitted to Kroeger that they were big fans.] Vinnie told me he listened to Nickelback every day, which really surprised me, ... But I guess they come from that whole Southern-rock background, and we're a hard-rock band with Southern-rock influences, so they liked it a lot.
I wrote all these heavy, tuned-down guitar riffs and I asked him if he wanted to play the guitar solo on it, and he was pumped to do it, ... That was the first time I appeared on a record with Dime, and now this. I just wish this wasn't the way it had to happen.
I think it's exactly the same.
We were a little scared of using piano. We just didn't think it was very rock and roll.
It just complimented the part so well and really showed that we shouldn't be narrow-minded.
I was very upset, and for two months if I saw his (Dimebag's) picture somewhere I would get angry. It wasn't as though he'd been killed in some sort of accident. He was taken in such a horrible, malicious way that just made it more painful.
And it's kind of spooky to be singing about him, you know, your friend who's gone, and then have him play this shredding, amazing guitar solo.
Side of a Bullet.
There are a lot of references to fornication in that song, ... There is nothing we're afraid to sing about or say in a song, as long as it's kind of clever or wink, wink, tongue-in-cheek. It just helps to paint that picture and tell the story better. If you're going to cover everything and hide behind metaphors, you're not doing a decent job telling the story.