CREED/ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti — who has a sticker of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN axeman "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on the bottom of his guitar — has told AOL Music that he's always been a fan of much more aggressive music than he is allowed to play with the reunited kings of modern rock radio. "Yeah I grew up in Detroit so the heavier the music you listened to, the cooler you were, you know?" he said. "So at the time SLAYER was the heaviest band. They were one of my favorite bands of all time. METALLICA, you know, CELTIC FROST, or 'Keltic,' however you want to pronounce it, VENOM and MORBID ANGEL, all the heavy stuff you can get your hands on we were into."

Check out the video below for proof that we're not making this stuff up (courtesy of Noisecreep).

Tremonti previously paid tribute to Dimebag by displaying Abbott's photo on his guitar during ALTER BRIDGE's appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on January 18, 2005.


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