Members of BLACK SABBATH, DISTURBED, ALICE IN CHAINS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and MACHINE HEAD took part in a massive gathering this past Wednesday night (December 14) at the Key Club in Hollywood, California to help celebrate the life and music of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) as part of this year’s Dimebash.
A three-minute report on the event from Artisan News — featuring performance footage and interview clips with DISTURBED singer David Draiman, ANTHTRAX guitarist Scott Ian and Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney — can be seen below.
When asked about the appearance at the event of former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown and his new band KILL DEVIL HILL, Haney said, “He was ecstatic to do it, and I’m so glad that he was. And it’s great, because he has a new band with Vinny Appice [former DIO, HEAVEN HELL and BLACK SABBATH drummer], and the guys are just awesome.”
All proceeds from the concert went to Wendy Dio‘s charity Stand Up And Shout, which raises money for cancer research; her husband, Ronnie James Dio, died of stomach cancer in May 2010.
“Hang out, jam a bunch of songs with my friends, have some drinks and have a good time — which is what Dime would want everyone to get out of this,” Ian told SPIN magazine about the concert. “That’s what Darrell was about.”
ALICE IN CHAINS drummer Sean Kinney — whose bandmate Jerry Cantrell performed a hearfelt “Wish You Were Here” at this year’s Dimebash — told SPIN he was horrified by Dimebag‘s murder onstage by a gunman in 2004. “We were very good friends with those guys,” he said. “We came up the same time. Jerry‘s been friends with those guys from way back in the ’80s. It’s just a horrible disgusting tragedy.”
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, who first met Dimebag backstage at a BLACK SABBATH show in the late-’90s, told SPIN, “[Dimebag] was so positive and jubilant about metal and Jägermeister. Before we exchanged names, he had poured about five shots of some Jäger-toxic concoction down my throat. We exchanged some rock-bro I-love-you-mans, and we had a few more shots.”
Regarding his involvement with this year’s Dimebash, Morello said, “I’m here to support the charity, but also to rock in honor of [Dio and Dimebag‘s] memory. The thing that they shared was such a passionate and unapologetic love for hard rock music and for the fans. To rekindle the spirit of their life-force, we’re here to rock in their honor tonight.”
Fan-filmed video footage of most of the performances at this year’s Dimebash can be seen at this location.
The Key Club in Hollywood played host to all-star jams featuring the following musicians:
* Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES)
* Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN HELL)
* Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
* David Draiman (DISTURBED)
* Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN)
* Mike Muir (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES)
* Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW)
* John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD)
* Warren DeMartini (RATT)
* Ben Harper
* Chris Howorth (IN THIS MOMENT)
* Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)
* Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
* James Lomenzo (WHITE LION, MEGADETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
* Ginger Fish (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON)
* Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Gene Hoglan (FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD)
* Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING)
The whole shebang was emceed by “That Metal Show”‘s Eddie Trunk and his co-horts, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. In addition, kicking off the event was KILL DEVIL HILL, the band featuring Vinny Appice (HEAVEN HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals. Also on deck was DIO DISCIPLES — the new project featuring former DIO members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Rudy Sarzo alongside singers Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and Toby Jepson (LITTLE ANGELS, GUN) — with a special appearance by Glenn Hughes (BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION).