DIMEBAG's Longtime Girlfriend Says This Year's 'Dimebash' Will Be 'Quite Magical'

Metal guitar legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) influence on the music community can never be fully estimated, but if the collection of artists and players at this year's Dimebash is any indication, his legacy is as far-reaching and deeper than ever before.

On December 14, the world of hard rock and metal come together in a communion of thunderous songs and stories to tip its collective glass to one of the true masters of not only guitar, but music as a whole.

"Today marks the seventh year, which still doesn't seem like a reality to me," states Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Dime and the person who knew him best.

"Sometimes I think, 'Boy, this sure is a long-ass tour,' but then I focus back in and realize what I'm working on at this moment and I just have to smile and be thankful for all the amazing people that surround me — thanks to him.

"I hope everyone enjoys this event as much as we like bringing it to them. It's nothing more, nothing less, than 'about a damn good time!' — one of my favorite Dime pastimes and phrases.

"There are no words to express my thanks to all the artists who make this event special and give 'us fans' a night to remember two truly amazing people and the music they created! I am forever at your beckon call, so c'mon out and experience the evening with us. It's going to be quite magical!!!"

The Key Club in Hollywood will play host to all-star jams featuring the talents of heavy-hitters like:

* Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
* David Draiman (DISTURBED)
* Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN)
* Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD)
* Warren DeMartini (RATT)
* Ben Harper
* Chris Howorth (IN THIS MOMENT)
* Doug Pinnick (KING'S X)

The whole shebang will be emceed by "That Metal Show"'s Eddie Trunk and his co-horts, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. In addition, kicking off the event will be 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 are 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).

100% of proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund. Additionally, attendees will be able to land some limited-edition merchandise and purchase Monster Energy cocktail drink specials with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the cause as well.

Key Club
9039 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-5800

Thursday, December 14, 2011
Doors Open: 7:00 p.m.
Performances Begin: 8:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $20 and are on sale now at this location.

When asked about the success of last year's Dimebash, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney said in a 2010 interview, "It was amazing — I mean, overwhelmingly amazing. It sold out in ten days. When we put the tickets up [for sale], we didn't even have a lineup, so it was kind of scary putting it together. But just knowing that everybody would come together in [Dimebag's] honor was enough... I think people want it, people wanna remember . . . I mean, it was a day and a half, or two days before [this year's Dimebash] that [some of the musicians taking part in the event] didn't even know what songs [they would be] playing yet. We were scrambling to get everything together. I was just amazed that within the first two days how many people committed and said, 'Yeah, I'm in.' It was amazing."

On November 5, 2010, Haney presented a donation of over ten thousand dollars raised from Dimebash 2010 to Wendy Dio in Studio City, California for the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, a charity in memory of Ronnie James Dio to help find a cure for stomach cancer, which took his life in May of 2010. In addition, a DVD of the event was shot and recorded for near-future release with proceeds from the disc's sales also going towards the fund.

Dimebash 2010 was held on October 29, 2010. The all-star lineup that shared the stage included hard rock and heavy metal titans: Lemmy of MOTÖRHEAD; Dave Grohl of FOO FIGHTERS; Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT and ROB ZOMBIE; Simon Wright from DIO; Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of SHINEDOWN; Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of SLAYER; Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of MACHINE HEAD; Chuck Billy from TESTAMENT; Chris Howorth and Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT; Joey Vera of ARMORED SAINT; Tony Campos of STATIC-X; Gerry Nestler of PHILM; John Boecklin of DEVILDRIVER. This sold-out night was hosted by radio/television personality Jose Mangin, a veteran of several Dimebag events.

Photo galleries from Dimebash 2010 event can be found by following the links below:

* RockConcertFotos (Rehearsals)
* RockConcertFotos (Concert + Backstage)
* JensJudas
* DirtJunior.com

Check out video footage from Dimebash 2010 at this location.


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