As we approach the 10th anniversary of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's senseless killing, Slash has shared some of his own memories of the time the two spent together.

Telling Loudwire that they socialized "a bunch of times," Slash went on to describe Darrell as "Just one of the nicest guys. A really sweet guy. I have one specific memory of hanging out with him at the opening of the Hard Rock in Orlando -- just a great night. He, myself, Zakk Wylde, Nikki Sixx, Duff [McKagan] -- a bunch of different guys, all just hanging out and having a great time."

And aside from being fun to share a VIP booth with, Slash respected Darrell's guitar skills -- even before he really had a sense of his stature in the rock community.

"He was just really cool, but he was a phenomenal guitar player -- and back then, I didn't even know who he was," admitted Slash. "He was just cool; I didn't know much about Pantera. ... He had a great tone, and a great original style, and wrote unique riffs and whatnot. He was one of the best new guitar players that came out over a long period of time."

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