Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Reflects On Dimebag & Vinnie Paul, Re-Dedicates “Letter To Dimebag” To Both Abbott Brothers

Following the death of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch wrote a song for him called “Letter To Dimebag.” Now, with the recent passing of Dimebag’s brother and Pantera bandmate Vinnie Paul Abbott, Welch has reflected on the brothers, while re-dedicating the track to both of them.

Welch said the following:

“It was 2005. I was fresh off of drugs, freshly awakened spiritually and feeling positive, yet I was truly alone for the first time in my adult life, away from my best friends I had grown up with and taken Korn to the top of the music world with. What an exhaustive whirlwind of emotions. I can’t even tell you.

But there was also a deep cloud of sadness from a completely different source that was weighing heavily on my soul. Dimebag Darrel from Pantera had been murdered on stage in front of his brother, his other bandmates, his friends in the road crew and a club full of devoted fans.

Only a few weeks had gone by and I just couldn’t shake the shock, confusion and sadness of how that could’ve happened. With Dime’s murder, my leaving Korn and my new spiritual life… I was dealing with a tornado of confused emotions to say the least.

Only a few weeks after the murder, I remember sitting in my studio/office at home, just days after leaving Korn. I couldn’t stop thinking about Dime. So I picked up my guitar and wrote a piece of music in a style I had never written before. It all came so naturally and quickly.

It was as if the pain over Dime’s tragedy came from deep down in my soul, out of my heart, through my veins, into my hands, out of my fingers, and poured into this little piece of music called LETTER TO DIMEBAG. I felt a release after I finished it.

It was a surreal experience in my life and every time I listen to it I feel the same emotions I felt that very day I wrote it; like my soul crying out over the injustice done to Dime, having to let him go, and witnessing a part of Dime’s closest family and friends die right along with him—especially his brother Vinnie. Vinnie was never the same after that.

After the recent and sudden passing of Vinnie Paul, I wanted to post this again as they have both been on my mind and heart so much lately. So I dedicate this track to Dimebag Darrel and Vinnie Paul.

RIP my brothers,

Brian“

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Filter’s Richard Patrick Says Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown Should Reunite Pantera With Friends Of Dimebag & Vinnie Paul

Filter’s Richard Patrick recently took to social media to express a desire to see surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown reunite with friends of the late Abbott brothers. Up until his death, Vinnie Paul never liked the idea of the band returning without Dimebag Darrell, so it probably wouldn’t be right to do it now. Regardless, you can read Patrick’s thoughts on the subject below.

Here’s Patrick’s statement (spelling mistakes included):

“Statement!! For some reason… I just feel the need to say this!! Phil Anselmo!! Is the greatest singer in metal. He’s the sweetest dude ever. I love that guy!! I really hope he knows how much we all love him. He’s been vilified! He’s been misunderstood!! But I absolutely just need and want to say this!!!

Coming from my punk Industrial past when I heard and saw Phil I was completely blown away. I was not into metal at the time but… when I saw a shaved headed punk fronting Pantera I thought to myself thats one of mine… a punk, mean as fuck, super voiced, crushing mother fucker who is speaking to me. Trent Reznor Played me A Vulgar Display of Power and I was awe struck. I was never the same!!!

HAVING SAID THAT… (I know I’m stepping in it and it’s none of my business no one put me up top this) IT WOULD BE A CRIME AGAINST MUSIC TO NOT PUT PANTERA BACK TOGTHER WITH TRUSTED FRIENDS OF VIENIE PAUL, DIME BAG!!! Off the top of my head.. I would think guys like Zack Wylde and Ray Luizer. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVED VINNIE AND DARREL!!

I KNOW IT’S RIGHT AFTER VINNIE‘S DEATH.. I WILL TAKE THE HEAT I UNDERSTAND I LOOK INSENSITIVE BUT FOR GOD SAKES PLEASE BRING PANTRA BACK TO US SO WE CAN CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEMORY OF VINNIE AND DARREL AS WELL AS SEE THE ABSOLUTE, MIND BLOWING, LIVING LEGENDS PHIL AND REX!!! SEARCH YOUR FEELINGS! YOU KNOW I’M RIGHT!! Nineties rock genius are dying way to fucking fast… For fuck sakes you were thinking it, I said!! #PANTERA”

Watch Footage Of Pantera, Korn, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Performing At 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (January 25). The event featured numerous artists incling members of Pantera, Korn, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Check out footage from the concert below:

[via The PRP]

Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Fear Factory, Etc. Members Set For 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, is set to take place on January 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The event will feature an all-star jam band composed of members of Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Pumpjack will open the show and SiriusXM‘s Jose Mangin will serve as the host. All proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and Kyng‘s GoFundMe Campaign for their stolen gear. An official afterparty will also take place at the Affliction Soundstage in Seal Beach, CA after the concert, and it will feature performances from Whiskeydick, Pantera tribute band Cowgirls From Hell, and Kyng.

Watch Another Clip From Upcoming Dimebag Darrell DVD/CD Set “Dimevision Vol. 2”

As previously reported, Metal Blade Records will be celebrating the life of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott with “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over.” Now another clip from that release has been shared, via Revolver. The DVD/CD set will be available on November 24, and it will come with raw footage, five previously unreleased demos, etc. Preorders can be found HERE, with other Dimebag related items available at Pledgemusic.

Watch More Footage From Upcoming Dimebag Darrell DVD/CD Set “Dimevision Vol. 2”

As previously reported, Metal Blade Records will be celebrating the life of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott with “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over.” Now some more footage from that release can be seen below. The DVD/CD set will be available on November 24, and it will come with raw footage, five previously unreleased demos, etc. Preorders can be found HERE, with other Dimebag related items available at Pledgemusic.

Watch Clip From Upcoming Dimebag Darrell DVD/CD Set “Dimevision Vol. 2”

As previously reported, Metal Blade Records will be celebrating the life of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott with “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over.” Now a clip from that release, which features Abbott being fitted for a CPAP machine, can be seen below. The DVD/CD set will be available on November 24, and it will come with raw footage, five previously unreleased demos, etc. Preorders can be found HERE, with other Dimebag related items available at Pledgemusic.

Rita Haney commented:

“I had just rolled outta bed and the doc fitting him was about an hour early for his appointment. Dime and ST were still up partying, so of course things never go as planned in Dime‘s world! One thing people need to realize is that when you’re getting fitted for one of these machines, it’s imperative that you not speak during the process so they can ramp the proper amount of air through those things, so you have to keep your mouth closed.

But as you can see from this segment in full, that’s a damn near impossible feat for him at the moment. It’s also impossible to be angry at Dime when he made you laugh all the time!”