Kroeger told musicomh.com
that the riffs were actually "bits and pieces that didn't get used" on a recording Chad did of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
" with Kid Rock and Dimebag. "And as it should happen, I had this guitar riff and it was very, very aggressive. We started to piece together a solo and we simply didn't have enough material."
Kroeger guessed that Pantera may have leftover material they could use. "I called Vinny, Darrell's brother, the drummer from Pantera, and he sent us tons of material. We went over all these great signature Dimebag Darrell guitar solos and pieced together this guitar solo that we're very, very proud of."
The Nickelback frontman then played Vinny Paul the song. He loved it but told Kroeger, without realizing that it actually a song for Darrell, "You know what I really want you to do, Chad? I want you to write a song for my brother."