The Monster Energy Ride For Dime Dimebash 2016 is a benefit honoring late PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California on January 22 with performances by members of PANTERA, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and more.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
The live concert event will feature exclusive collaborative performances by hard rock and metal legends, including members of:
* ALICE IN CHAINS
* BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
* MACHINE HEAD
* STONE SOUR
* TYPE O NEGATIVE
* KING'S X
* ARMORED SAINT
Opening the show will be REVOLUTION MOTHER and MOTHERSHIP.
Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is an organization that funds cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs while supporting families that have loved ones suffering from the disease.
"I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio," said Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Abbott and the person who knew him best. "Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place, it makes for a damn good celebration! C'mon out and getcha pull!"
You can now donate any amount that you can afford to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund by going to www.ronniejamesdio.com. Your generous donations will go to cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs. Your donations will also help families that have loved ones suffering from this horrible disease that took Ronnie from us too soon.
Dimebag and his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, formed PANTERA in the mid-eighties in Texas. The band recorded four independent albums before their 1990 major label debut, "Cowboys From Hell", introduced a heavier sound and made them a favorite with metal fans. 1994's "Far Beyond Driven" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 without benefit of a commercial hit single.
The group splintered in 2002 following the departure of volatile lead singer Philip Anselmo. Dime and Vinnie, as they were known to their fans, regrouped with DAMAGEPLAN, releasing the band's debut album, "New Found Power", in February of 2004.
Dimebag was shot to death along with three others during a DAMAGEPLAN performance at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio in December 2004.
Dimebag was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in May 2007 in a ceremony attended by Vinnie Paul, their father Jerry Abbott and Dimebag's longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney, along with members of ALICE IN CHAINS, ANTHRAX, KISS, SLAYER and Ozzy Osbourne's band.