May 17, 2007 marks the day of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's induction into Hollywood's RockWalk, the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock 'n' roll. A bronze bust of Abbott will be unveiled during the ceremony and later installed along the RockWalk posthumous inductee wall, which also includes Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley and Bill Graham among others. Abbott will be located directly adjacent to other equally accomplished musicians and innovators on the RockWalk such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, VAN HALEN, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, THE RAMONES, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and John Lee Hooker. Many of rock's top players will be in attendance to honor the legendary guitarist.
At the induction guitar virtuoso Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) will perform live on Sunset Blvd. in tribute to his friend. Wylde will play "In This River" — a song forever dedicated to Dimebag Darrell. According to Wylde, the track will never leave BLS's setlist.
After the induction, fans are invited to make their way to the House of Blues in West Hollywood to further honor Dimebag as part of The Six String Masterpieces auction, which will benefit Little Kids Rock. Dimebag's Black Tooth Bash will immediately follow the auction with special performances comprised with some of Darrell's closest friends and influences.
Black Tooth Bash confirmed list of players is as follows:
Vinnie Paul (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN)
Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
William Duvall (ALICE IN CHAINS)
M. Shadows (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL)
Paul Gray (SLIPKNOT)
Tim "Ripper" Owens (ICED EARTH, JUDAS PRIEST)
Nick Bowcott (GRIM REAPER)
John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON)
David Draiman (DISTURBED)
Bob Zilla (DAMAGEPLAN)
Aaron Lewis (STAIND)
Brent Smith and Jasin Todd (SHINEDOWN)
Dave Navarro (THE PANIC CHANNEL, JANE'S ADDICTION)
Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION)
Matt Byrne (HATEBREED)
Chester Bennington (LINKIN PARK)
Little Kids Rock (LKR) is an innovative non-profit music education program that provides free instruments and rock 'n' roll lessons to public schools.
More than 60 Dean ML guitars will be auctioned off at the Six-String Masterpieces event, which will be emceed by Jamey Jasta, host of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". Bids can be placed online as well as at the LaLuz DeJesus Gallery (4633 Hollywood Blvd.), which will preview the entire collection prior to the event, from May 4 through May 16.
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was best known as the lead guitarist for PANTERA. The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band dominated the heavy metal world of the '90s. The musician was shot and killed on December 8, 2004, while performing onstage with his new project, DAMAGEPLAN. He was 38 years old. The "Six-String Masterpieces: The Darrell Abbott Art Tribute" was curated by Curse Mackey, Creative Director of the Action Arts Agency, to honor his memory. The guitars were donated by Dean Guitars, one of the top five guitar manufacturers in the world.
Beginning in 2005, Mackey sent "blank" Dean ML guitars to a select group of musicians and modern artists to create their own homage to Darrell Abbott, stating, "The Dean ML is the only guitar that could be the canvas. Dime played that guitar from the time he was 16 years old and he made it famous."
Artists that participated in the tribute include Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP), James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), Ace Frehley (KISS), Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA), Marilyn Manson, Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Kelly Clarkson, Kerry King (SLAYER), and Rob Zombie. Last year, the guitar exhibit was displayed at festivals and concert tours such as SxSW, Ozzfest and Family Values and was featured on MTV.
The Live Auction will be directed by Robert Berman of Santa Monica Auctions. Online Bidding Services are provided by www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Both of these organizations have donated their vital services to this project.
Little Kids Rock teaches kids how to play pop, rock, funk, blues, rap and hip-hop music. LKR students not only perform, but they also compose and record their own music. They have released four full-length CDs as well as music videos featuring student-written originals. To date, the Little Kids Rock program has served more than 10,000 students in California, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee. Supporters of the program include Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Les Paul and Brad Delson of LINKIN PARK.
Six-String Masterpieces Participating Artist List (Exhibit curated by Curse Mackey)
Hank Williams III
Texas Musicians Museum
Daniel Martin Diaz