The latest episode of comedian Jim Florentine‘s “Comedy Metal Midgets” podcast features interview Jim conducted with Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON), Rudy Sarzo (DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Glenn Hughes (BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) at this year’s Dimebash on December 14 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California. You can now stream the podcast using the audio player below.
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Florentine is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice artist, and performer, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic‘s hit heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” alongside Eddie Trunk and now Metal Blade labelmate Don Jamieson.
Florentine is best known for his work on Comedy Central‘s show “Crank Yankers” where he performed the voice of Special Ed, a mentally challenged teenager, and Bobby Fletcher, a despicable, alcoholic slob who is the older cousin of Ed. Florentine recently opened up the “American Carnage” tour for ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, and SLAYER in arenas across the country.
Members of BLACK SABBATH, DISTURBED, ALICE IN CHAINS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and MACHINE HEAD helped celebrate the life and music of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) as part of this year’s Dimebash.
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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)
* 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)
* Robin McAuley (MSG, SURVIVOR)
* Nick Bowcott (GRIM REAPER)
* Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON)
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).