Dave Grohl, Slayer's Kerry King and Dio's Simon Wright are among the rock and metal icons that have been confirmed to participate in an upcoming all-star benefit jam at Los Angeles' the Key Club, held in Arlington native and Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's honor.
The event, called Dimebash 2010, will honor and remember Abbott, who, on December 8, 2004, was shot and killed while performing on stage with his post-Pantera act, Damageplan. Six years later, his death still hangs over the metal community, Abbott's legendary playing and good-natured persona still remembered by metal performers big and small, who in area performances almost always shout out their remembrances and appreciation of the fallen icon.
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This show, however, will serve as a benefit of sorts for a different metal icon: Ronnie James Dio, the iconic Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell singer who, in May of this year, died of cancer. Proceeds from this event will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Among the other performers set to take the stage in the jam are 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.
Tickets are just $15, and, no, it's not happening locally, but rather in Los Angeles. But, hey, Dime was a local legend, and this event looks pretty darn cool--and rather inexpensive. Read the press release in full after the jump.
MONSTER ENERGY PRESENTS "DIMEBASH 2010" OCTOBER 29TH AT THE KEY CLUB IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Hard Rock and Metal Luminaries to Celebrate the Life of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott with a Once in a Lifetime Concert; Proceeds to Benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
Los Angeles, CA - October 20, 2010 - How do you continue to celebrate the life of one of heavy metal's true legends? You call on those who had the most admiration and respect to gather in one place and do what they do best to pay homage - which includes fellow musicians and fans alike. On October 29th at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA, fans and an all-star lineup will do just that and no doubt pulverize the heavens with a night of ungodly metallic thunder at this year's DIMEBASH 2010, in honor of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. "The thing I remember the most about Darrell was the way he loved to jump up on stage with anyone at the drop of a hat", states Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Dime and the person who knew him best. "When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community unite like I've never seen before. To have the name 'Dimebag', still to this day, bring together musicians and fans to pay homage in such a respectful way to such an amazing person and cause is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision... it's always been about a damn good time!" At the same time, proceeds will benefit in the name of another metal legend that left us too early, the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund.
The all-star lineup to share the stage will include hard rock and heavy metal titans: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, 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 and many more, including some surprises that will surely nail your jaw to the floor. This incredible event is being hosted by radio / television personality Jose Mangin, a veteran of several Dimebag events. In addition, attendees will be able to land some limited edition merchandise, nab raffle tickets for chances to win some cool collectables and purchase Monster Energy cocktail drink specials, all of which partial proceeds go to benefit the cause. And if the All-Star Jam with legends and legends in the making isn't enough, special guest opener includes hard rock juggernauts Rev Theory. The metal brotherhood and community comes together once again to not only help themselves heal, but to also help the world around them. Good guys sometimes do wear black!
Tickets are $15.00, to purchase tickets log on to: http://www.ticketfly.com/tickets/event-list/?q=dimebash
For show times log on to: www.keyclub.com
For updates visit: www.facebook.com/monsterenergymusic
About the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund:
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.
About Monster Energy:
Monster Energy supports the music industry. Seems bands are rockin' Monster Energy more than anything these days. Check out the types - Original Monster Energy, Monster Lo-Carb, Monster Assault, Monster's fruit juice hybrids dubbed Monster Khaos, Monster M-80 and Monster MIXXD, the ground-breaking Java Monster and X-Presso premium coffee & cream drink line supercharged with Monster Energy's blend, Monster Import and the new nitrous oxide injected Nitrous Monster. The All-Star lineup at DIMEBASH 2010 is diggin' 'em - so will you. For more information log on to: http://www.monsterenergy.com/