Former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and his father, Jerry Abbott (see photo below), will join Sirius XM host Jose Mangin tonight (Friday, November 21) at 6:00 p.m. EST for an hour-long special dedicated to the life and music of "Dimebag" Darrell Lance Abbott. Having just released the new book "He Came To Rock" — which includes rare photos, stories, and the "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" DVD — Vinnie and Jerry will give Liquid Metal fans an exclusive audio glimpse of what Dime was all about… music and making everyone around him smile. In between conversations, you'll enjoy Vinnie- and Jerry-approved tracks from PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN, REBEL MEETS REBEL, HELLYEAH and more!
Monday, November 24 @ 8-9 p.m. ET
Thursday, November 27 @ 4-5 p.m. ET
Sunday, November 30 @ 7-8 p.m. ET
"He Came To Rock" contains over 400 pictures of Dimebag along with a biography of his life written by authors Susan Doll and David Morrow ("Elvis, Forever In The Groove", "Marilyn Monroe: Her Life And Legend"). Also included are personal tributes from a number of metal's most prominent musicians, among them SLAYER's Kerry King, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde. The DVD portion of the package consists of the previously released "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have", complete with never-before-seen bonus footage.
The book was compiled by Vinnie and his father Jerry Abbott and has been in the works for more than a year. "We are very excited about this as it's a true tribute to the King himself!" Vinnie previously stated.
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott 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.
A bronze bust of Dimebag was unveiled during the ceremony and later installed on the RockWalk's posthumous inductee wall, alongside luminaries such as Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson.
A special one-time only all-star tribute to fallen PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist and Texas native "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was held on August 9, 2008 at the one-day Ozzfest at Dallas' Pizza Hut Park.
The tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell featured Vinnie Paul (acting as musical director and playing drums), along with an array of prominent hard rockers, including HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta, SLAYER's Kerry King, SOULFLY's Max Cavalera, King Diamond, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, ALICE IN CHAINS' Jerry Cantrell and METALLICA's Lars Ulrich.
Photo of Vinnie Paul Abbott and his father, Jerry Abbott, below was taken by Scott Harrison of HarrisonPhotos.com on November 18, 2008 at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, Nevada.