The upcoming all-star tribute to fallen PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist and Texas native "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott as part of the Saturday, August 9 one-day stadium spectacular at Dallas' Pizza Hut Park will include an acoustic performance of the PINK FLOYD classic "Wish You Were Here" featuring Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Pearl Aday (Ian's fiancée and daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf). This will be the only acoustic song to be performed as part of the tribute, which will feature Abbott's brother, Vinnie Paul (acting as musical director and playing drums), along with an array of prominent hard rockers. This not-to-be-missed performance will salute the acclaimed guitarist whose December 2004 murder while performing onstage at a Columbus, Ohio club still has the hard rock/metal community reeling.
Cantrell, Ian and Aday previously performed PINK FLOYD's "Wish You Were Here" on May 17, 2007 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California as part of the Black Tooth Bash charity benefit show in honor of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Video footage of that performance can be viewed below.
Artists confirmed to honor "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott at this year's Ozzfest include:
Kerry King (SLAYER)
Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
Kirk Hammett (METALLICA)
Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED, KINGDOM OF SORROW)
Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE, HELLYEAH)
Bob Zilla (DAMAGEPLAN, HELLYEAH)
These musicians will stand together onstage, following HELLYEAH's mainstage performance, to pay their respects to their fallen friend with a set including many PANTERA classics.
Dimebag's longtime partner Rita Haney — who has worked tirelessly to keep his spirit alive — organized the tribute along with the Ozzfest team. While this began as an Ozzfest idea, Rita aggressively pursued it and brought together the talent making this homage a reality.
"To have this event on the main stage at Ozzfest in Dallas is such a treat and an honor!" says Rita Haney. "When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community come together like I've never seen before. To have the name 'Dimebag' still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision, it's always been about a damn good time!"
"When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year's Ozzfest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to 'Dimebag' Darrell since it was his hometown," said Ozzfest founder Sharon Osbourne. "Dimebag was a part of our Ozzfest family and everyone in the metal community misses him dearly."
The stage times have been announced for this year's Ozzfest one-day stadium spectacular, which is scheduled to be held Saturday, August 9 at Dallas' Pizza Hut Park. They are as follows"
METALLICA 9:45 - 11:15
OZZY OSBOURNE 8:00 - 9:15
SERJ TANKIAN 6:45 - 7:45
HELLYEAH/Dimebag Tribute 5:30 - 6:30
JONATHAN DAVIS 4:25 - 5:15
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY 3:35 - 4:15
SHADOWS FALL 2:50 - 3:25
APOCALYPTICA 2:10 - 2:40
IN THIS MOMENT 1:30 - 2:00
SEVENDUST 4:30 - 5:00
DEVILDRIVER 3:30 - 4:00
KINGDOM OF SORROW 2:30 - 3:00
SOILENT GREEN 1:30 - 2:00
WITCHCRAFT 12:30 - 1:00
GOATWHORE 11:30 - 12:00
Texas (Third) Stage: *
THE SWORD 4:00 - 4:30
DROWNING POOL 3:00 - 3:30
RIGOR MORTIS 2:00 - 2:30
WITHIN CHAOS 1:00 - 1:30
THE DESTRO 12:00 - 12:30
1st Place Battle of Bands 11:00 - 11:30
2nd Place Battle of Bands 10:30 - 10:40
* Homage to the "many great metal bands that come from Texas."