Chris Loomis

Dimebash 2011 @ Key Club 12/14/2011

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The second annual Dimebash (presented by Monster Energy) was held at The Key Club in West Hollywood on Wednesday night December 14. Dimebash is put together by the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney to celebrate the life and music of the great Dimebag Darrell better known as Dime (guitarist for Pantera and Damageplan). This year the event also honored the late great Ronnie James Dio who passed away of stomach cancer with all proceeds of this event going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

In 2010 the inaugural Dimebash was also held at The Key Club with a who’s who of the metal/hard rock genre. This year’s lineup  equals if not tops the 2010 show from a rockstar standpoint. This year’s show was emceed by the cast of VH1’s That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson . Bands performing on this night included Kill Devil Hill (featuring Rex Brown of Pantera and Vinnie Appice of Heaven and Hell/Black Sabbath), Saints of Low (front by Pro SkateBoarder Mike Vallely) and The Dio Disiples (the officially sanctioned tribute to the music of Ronnie James Dio made up of former members of the Dio band fronted by Tim “Ripper” Owens). In addition to the aforementioned bands, numerous all-star tribute jams were performed playing the music of Pantera as well as music Dimebag Darrell was a fan of (Van Halen, AC/DC, Kiss, Ted Nugent just to name a few).

The night started around 8:00pm with a killer set by Kill Devil Hill and ended at about 1:40am Thursday with just about all of the nights performers participating in an amazing rendition of Pantera’s “Walk” which is without a doubt Dimebag’s most recognizable guitar riff. Saints of Low played a short set somewhere in between (with guest Ben Harper on slide guitar) as well as Dio Disciples many times throughout the night. In between all that great music was several all-star jams with Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row) and David Draiman (Disturbed) handling most of the vocal duties. Tim “Ripper” Owens performed several tunes in addition to playing with Dio Disciples, one such highlight was the Judas Priest classic Grinder. Dio Disciples also played with guest vocalists Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath) and then Robin McAuley (MSG) playing “Catch the Rainbow” and “Rainbow in the Dark” respectively.  Doug Pinnick from King’s X sang vocals on Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” and the surprises just kept coming and coming. This year’s show was obviously very well thought out and rehearsed and much more organized than last years.

Some of the highlights of the show included Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down) ripping a killer rendition of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” (Morello also gave a very inspiring and well-spoken speech regarding music, Dimebag and Dio) and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler joining a host of others on “The Mob Rules” and “Hole in the Sky”. All the performances by everybody involved (just too many names to mention – see attendee list at end of review) was amazing but the highlight of the night was a jam consisting of Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) on vocals with Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) on guitars, Tony Campos (Static-X, Asesino) on bass and Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory) on drums playing a version of Suicidal Tendencies “War Inside My Head”.

This show was an overwhelming success based on the fan reaction and attendance (sold-out show) and the smiles, hugs and dedication to Dimebag Darrell Abbott and Ronnie James Dio by all participants. This is an amazing way to annually celebrate and honor these two fallen heroes both of who were the nicest and most well-spoken of musicians in the metal community. For all in attendance, we are anxiously awaiting December  2012 for the 3rd annual Dimebash – this is a must see for any metalhead. For those that could not attend this event, donations can be made to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund at Rita Haney and Wendy Dio are committed to the legacy and music of Dimebag Darrell and Ronnie James Dio respectively and are both active in the metal community with charities and donations. RIP Dimebag Darrell and Ronnie James Dio – you will never be forgotten!!!

Dimebash 2011 Participants included:

Monster Energy – Primary Sponsor

Rita Haney – Longtime girlfriend of Dimebag Darrell and event organizer

Wendy Dio – Widow of Ronnie James Dio and Organizer of the RJD Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Rex Brown – Pantera, Kill Devil Hill

Vinnie Appice – Heaven and Hell/Black Sabbath, Kill Devil Hill

Jason “Dewey” Bragg – Kill Devil Hill

Mark Zavon – Kill Devil Hill

Sebastian Bach – Skid Row

David Draiman – Disturbed

Tim “Ripper” Owens – Dio Disciples, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen

Doug Pinnick – King’s X

Serj Tankian – System of a Down

Mike Muir – Suicidal Tendencies

Jose Mangin – Sirrius Satelite Radio

Scott Ian – Anthrax

Phil Demmel – Machine Head

John 5 – Rob Zombie

Tom Morello – Rage Against the Machine

Chris Howorth – In This Moment

Jerry Cantrell – Alice in Chains

Ben Harper – Singer/Guitarist

Tony Campos – Static-X, Soulfly, Acesino

James Lomenzo – Megadeth, Black Label Society

Duff McKagan – Guns n Roses, Loaded

Geezer Butler – Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell

Rudy Sarzo – Ozzy, Dio, Quiet Riot

Craig Goldy – Dio

Simon Wright – Dio, AC/DC

Scott Warren – Dio

Brian Tichey – Whitesnake, Billy Idol

Gene Hoglan – Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory

Eric Hendrikx – Writer/Photographer

Mike Vallely – Saints of Low, Revolution Mother, Pro Skateboarder

Glen Hughes – Black Sabbath

Robin McAuley – MSG

Nick Bowcott – Grim Reaper

Ricjie Kotzen – Poison, Solo Artist

Ginger Fish – Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson

Joey Vera – Armored Saint

Pearl Aday – Singer (wife of Scott Ian)

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