Estate Of Late Pantera Guitarist Dimebag Darrell Files Lawsuit Against Dean Guitars

The estate of late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott has filed a lawsuit against Dean Guitars. The news was recently confirmed by Abbott’s longtime girlfriend and trustee of his esate Rita Haney.

Haney said the following:

“After much consideration, it is with great sadness that I announce the longstanding relationship between Dimebag and Dean Guitars is over. Unfortunately, we were forced to file a lawsuit against Dean Guitars on Monday, August 16th, for the reason set forth in the complaint that may be viewed at http://www.dimebagdarrell.com. It was necessary for us to end Dime’s endorsement of Dean Guitars to continue to honor and celebrate his legacy the way he deserves, and in the way he had laid it out.

We do not make this decision lightly and it is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you, Dime’s loyal fans. As you know, after signing the deal with Dean Guitars in 2004, Dime was ecstatic to finally be working with the one and only, Mr. Dean Zelinsky, who’s been gone from the company since 2008. Darrell had voiced several times that it was like going home where he belonged. It was something he was enormously proud of.

I have spent days, re-reading through all of Darrell’s guitar notes, lists, letters, and drawings (some not yet released). knowing Darrell’s wishes and seeing them written down on paper, once again, after all these years solidifies that he would not have stayed. I want to see Dime’s words followed through and to have his legacy reach the level he intended.

I made several attempts to amicably settle our dispute with Dean Guitars. however, it became clear to me that Dimebag’s relationship with Dean Guitars had come to an end when the new CEO of Dean Guitars told me that Dime has been dead for 16 years and they could not make the money they once did.. (so basically, he’s used up???) and then continued on to tell me i should go somewhere else. Well… we will!

Moving forward, our goal will be to ensure the rightful and respectful celebration of Dime’s legacy and the indelible mark he and his music made on this world. It is with absolute conviction that we say that this can no longer happen whilst continuing to partner with Dean Guitars.

As fans, we hope that you feel as we do. Our love for Dime has not wavered in the 16 plus years since his passing and he is still as relevant to us today, despite what we have been told by Dean Guitars. We want to capture the ‘spirit of the deal’ that was discarded by Dean Guitars, like it should have always been done. In this spirit, we soon hope to have more positive news to share with you regarding the future of ‘Dime guitars.’

Dime loved his fans so very much, in return, you guys have never wavered in your loyalty and love for him. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.

Long live Dimebag Darrell! Getcha pull!”

In the lawsuit, Haney called Dean’s current CEO Evan Rubinson “incredibly disrespectful” and claimed that he is “often times belligerent to the legacy of Abbott”:

“He acted without regard for the success Abbott brought to his father’s company, and to which ultimately contributed to his inheritance. Given the misdealings uncovered by Ms. Haney, she felt that Dean Guitars had taken complete advantage of Abbott over the years and refused to continue a business relationship with Dean Guitars unless Dean Guitars was willing to right its wrongs.”

The complaint also says that Dean Guitars breached their endorsement agreement with Abbott:

“[The company] never paid the contracted amount for each full cover photo that have been printed with Abbott playing a Dean guitar, with the Dean Guitars’ logo and/or trademark prominently displayed; failed to provide the imported and domestic models for each line of Abbott endorsed guitars produced by Dean Guitars, and other guitars for personal and promotional use; fraudulently, in conjunction with Concordia and without the knowledge of Abbott, registered the trademark for Razorback and the Razorback guitar design, both of which were the sole property of Abbott, in Concordia’s name; in conjunction with Concordia, transferred the Razorback trademark, which was the sole property of Abbott, to a third party without the knowledge of Abbott; and in conjunction with Concordia, acquired the registered trade dress for the guitar design known as the Dime3 in its own name, without Abbott’s knowledge and without recognizing Abbott as a joint owner.”

UPDATE: Rubinson has since responded to the lawsuit:

“We have always treated Dime and his brother Vinnie with the utmost respect and loyalty. We have enjoyed a long-standing, 17-year relationship with Dime and Vinnie, and continue that relationship with Vinnie’s estate on the ddrum side. We are shocked and saddened to see the actions that Ms. Haney has taken after both the Abbott brothers have tragically passed away, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

However, it is unfortunate that Ms. Haney has allowed her unrealistic demands and accusations to dictate the future of the Dimebag Darrell legacy in the absence of Dime’s immediate family. Dean Guitars is proud to have played a role in ensuring Dime’s legacy not only survived, but thrived over the past 17 years. We have stood by the estate through good and bad. Ms. Haney’s claims — across the board — are baseless, without any merit, and not grounded in reality. We will allow the full truth to come out as the legal process takes its course.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Pantera Team Up With Puck Hcky For New Merch Collection

Pantera have teamed up with hockey-themed brand Puck Hcky for a new merch collection. You can see what they have to offer HERE. Matt Marini, CEO of Puck Hcky, commented:

“Pantera has been a major part of so many people’s musical lives, including mine, for as long as I can remember… and there’s a reason for that! When you hear a Pantera song or record, you instantly know it by the crushing riffs, incredible drums, deep low end and, of course, the vocals. The way they combined being ultra-heavy and ultra-catchy will never be matched… ever! We here at Puck Hcky are honored to be releasing this collection with them, and there is more on the way! If you ever get to the Puck Hcky store, do not be surprised to hear Pantera blasting from the speakers!”

New Zealand Mother Reportedly Names Her Three Children Metallica, Slayer, And Pantera

According to journalist and documentary filmmaker David Farrier (“Dark Tourist”), a mother in New Zealand has apparently named her three children Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera. Farrier tweeted the following about that:

[via Blabbermouth]

KnuckleBonz To Release Limited Edition Pantera “Cowboys From Hell” Road Case Collectible

KnuckleBonz have launched pre-orders for a new Pantera “Cowboys From Hell” road case collectible. The statue will be limited to 500 pieces and it will include a certificate of authenticity on the base. The collectible is currently expected to ship in late 2021 or early 2022.

Pantera And Motörhead Were Referenced In A Heavy Metal Question On Tonight’s Episode Of “Jeopardy!”

Heavy Metal was the answer to a question during tonight’s (June 8) episode of “Jeopardy!.” The question said “Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ & Motörhead’s ‘No Remorse’ made Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Albums of this genre,” before a contestant buzzed in with right answer. The question was in a category called “Music Genres.”

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo Reflects On The 25th Anniversary Of “The Great Southern Trendkill” In New Video

Revolver have shared a new video in which Pantera’s Phil Anselmo reflects on the 25th anniversary of “The Great Southern Trendkill.” You can watch that clip below:

Late Pantera And HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul Honored With Commemorative Signature Snare Drum

ddrum have paid tribute to the late Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, HELLYEAH) with a limited edition commemorative snare drum. The drum is limited to 250 pieces worldwide and it can be found at authorized ddrum dealers.

The following was said about the snare on ddrum.com:

“Large and in charge, the Vinnie Paul signature snare takes a maple wood snare to its tonal extreme. Crafted from 8 plies of North American maple, this snare delivers a thunderous punch to the chest, with a high caliber crack on top. 10 double sided turret lugs combined with the die cast hoops to add tuning stability and provide a solid rim shot sound. Available for its initial run in a special Delmar dragon wrap with chrome shell hardware to complement and enhance any finish kit to which it is added. Premium carrying case completes this heavy hitting package.”

The following product details were also shared:

  • 8×14 8 ply North American Maple shell
  • Diecast hoops
  • Special Vinnie Paul Dragon wrap made by Delmar
  • 10 double sided ddrum turret lugs
  • Special synthetic leather bag included
  • 45 degree inner and 30 degree outer bearing ege with slight round over
  • Evans drum heads included
  • Premium snare throw off

Abbott’s longtime drum tech Patrick King commented:

“I’ve spent years working on these snares for Vinnie. This snare resonates on so many levels with me. It rings in my ears (literally and figuratively) and through my core. This snare is not just a snare. It’s an extension of Vince. His sound. His heart. His legacy.”

Rex Brown Says Zakk Wylde Wouldn’t Be Inviolved In Hypothetical Pantera Tribute Tour

During a recent interview with Eonmusic, Rex Brown commented on the possibility of a Pantera tribute tour. Notably, he said if it did happen, it would be without Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), who is often recommended as a fill-in for the late Dimebag Darrell.

Brown said the following when asked how big Pantera would have been if they were able to tour now:

“It would be sold-out stadium shows. Offers still come in for Philip [Anselmo] and I to do it if we wanted to, but if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same. If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

He also added the following when the interviewer mentioned Wylde:

“It’s going to come up, and it wouldn’t be Zakk Wylde, I guarantee you that. I’ve just put it out there so we can get on past it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rex Brown Says Pantera’s Early Albums Will Never Be Reissued

During a recent interview with Eonmusic, Pantera bassist Rex Brown said that he has no desire to reissue the band’s early albums. The group’s pre-fame output included “Metal Magic,” “Projects In The Jungle,” and “I Am the Night,” which featured original vocalist Terry Glaze, and “Power Metal,” which was the first album to feature Phil Anselmo.

Brown said the following about Pantera’s early work:

“This is like going back and looking at your old high school notebooks and going, ‘Look at how far you’ve come in between.'”

“I will say this: a lot of bands didn’t have the opportunity at 17 years old to fuckin’ put a record out. We just happened to do it, and we paid for every fuckin’ lick of it; none of it was given to us. We paid for the studio time, we paid for the pressing of the record, and we never thought that that would go anywhere, nationally, globally, so it’s almost like, after the fact. But we really learned how to write a song, and be a band.”

He went on to say that Pantera really began when Anselmo joined:

“The old singer? Shit, it was going nowhere really quick. He just was not on the same wavelength as the three of us. The dude’s never had a job in his life. I see him shootin’ his mouth off in some of these magazines, and it’s, like, ‘Dude, you were in the band for fuckin’ four years,’ you know what I’m saying? ‘Now you’re wanting claim to fame 35 years later? Sorry, pal, you missed the boat!’ So I don’t want to give any credit where it’s fuckin’ undue, you know? Once we got Philip in the band, it developed into something else, and that was the Pantera that we know now, and that’s why we never talk about those old records.”

He continued:

“Hey, look, it’s great to go back memory lane and all that kind of stuff, but those are the farthest things that I wake up for in the first of the morning. ‘Oh, remember that one tune ‘Nothing On (But The Radio)’, and the singer?’ No! I mean, I hate fucking songs like that, but it was a growing process, and now, because the things are out, and they’ve been bootleged a hundred thousand times, people consider it a part of our history. It’s not. Unless Philip’s singing on it, it’s not Pantera. That’s the way I look at it.”

When pressed to clarify whether or not he would like to see the early albums reissued, Brown added:

“God no, god no! The brothers were against that, and I’m against it, and that’s just it. Period. It ain’t coming out.”

This news comes after Glaze previously said that he would like to see the early albums get reissued someday.

[via Blabbermouth]

Graves Of Late Pantera Legends Dimebag Darrell And Vinnie Paul Are Now Protected By A Fence

A new fence has been built to protect the graves of late Pantera legends Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. There has been no official comments regarding the barrier, but it is assumed that it was erected due to vandalism and littering.

[via Blabbermouth]