Anthrax Announce New Bourbon Inspired By Dimebag Darrell

Anthrax have launched a new limited edition 115.6 proof bourbon, which they are calling “The Healer.” The drink’s name was inspired by the late Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), who used to say “booze is the healer.”

The following description of the bourbon was shared on mashandgrape.com:

“This is a highly limited, cask strength edition of Hillrock’s famous Solera Aged Bourbon personally selected by Anthrax.

The slight cinnamon aromas are surprising along with the oaked caramel-vanilla and floral, fruit notes on the nose of this golden amber bourbon. Sweet, yet spicy full-bodied flavors are warm with maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, roasted corn, and raisin notes on the palate are balanced by spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. The medium to long warm finish abounds with sweet caramel and butterscotch. Familiar characteristic of Oloroso sherry flavors of walnut, fig and candied fruit balance the spicy rye undertones. A lush and velvety expression of our Solera Aged Bourbon amplified at undiluted proof. Specially selected for its clear Oloroso sherry influence and delicate balance of proof and flavor, as well as it’s incredibly long finish. A truly decanter worthy bottling.”

Charlie Benante said the following:

“The first time I heard Dimebag refer to booze being a healer was when we were on tour together and I was really sick. He came onto our bus, opened my bunk curtain, gave me a shot of whiskey and said ‘booze is the healer.'”

Scott Ian also commented:

“‘If we arrived for soundcheck a little hungover, Dimebag would be standing there with a knowing Cheshire Cat smile, a shot of whiskey at the ready and the words ‘booze is the healer.’ And goddamn if it didn’t work. Put us right back on the horse.”

“To my uneducated palate, this high rye content bourbon with notes of toffee, molasses, cinnamon and mint was incredibly well-balanced. The depth of the flavor was intense. In layman’s terms, it’s some damn-good hooch!”

Frank Bello added:

“This bourbon got my vote right away. When I took the first sip, the mix of flavors really came out in a big way, and it was obvious to me that this bourbon had to become my new best friend. It was like a cool smooth vibe that made me pour a second glass. Second glasses are fun.”

Late Pantera Members Featured In Clip From Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault”

The first full segment of the 2020 edition of late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault” series is set to be released on April 25. A clip from the series featuring late Pantera members Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul can be seen below:

The following statement was shared with the footage:

“Getting very close to completing the first full segment from the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” series that will be available on Saturday, April 25, streaming via official Nick Menza Facebook / YouTube.

In this segment, “Behind the scenes with Menza” will feature the late drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in Megadeth, Pantera, Stone Temple Pilots, “Dimebag” Darrell & Vinnie Paul Abbot, Phil Anselmo, late Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, Marty Friedman and road crew. The segment will also include unreleased live concert footage of Pantera and Stone Temple captured during October / January of 1992 when Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots opened for Megadeth on the “Countdown To Extinction Tour”

A full documentary – The intimate life and career of Nick Menza – The story of the late, legendary drummer who spent a decade recording and touring with MEGADETH – From he’s early days with MEGADETH to his final project OHM is also in the works Stay tuned!”

Close Friend Of Dimebag Darrell Says The Guitarist Wanted To Reunite Pantera Before His Death

During an interview with Landry.audio, Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, who was a close friend of Dimebag Darrell and a videographer for Pantera and Damageplan, revealed that the legendary guitarist was hoping to reunite Pantera after Damageplan’s 2004 tour. However, that sadly never happened because he was tragically gunned down during a show in Columbus, OH.

Arnberger said the following:

“Oh, yeah. He would have [reunited Pantera.] The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with Slipknot or [Marilyn] Manson, one of the two. And I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and do this [Damageplan] tour through December, and I’ll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we’re gonna have some new shit going on. And it’s not gonna be this.

Whatever it takes, we’re gonna get these guys back together and do it right.’ … He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what they [Damageplan] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to Pantera.”

He also went on to say that Dimebag wasn’t happy with Damageplan:

“He didn’t think the other guys [Pat Lachman & Bob Kakaha] were as into it. He obviously didn’t feel the magic as much as he did with the other two guys [presumably Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown.]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Footage Of Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Testament, Etc. Members Performing At 2020 Dimebash

The 2020 Dimebash was held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 16 and it included an all-star jam featuring members of Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Crowbar, Stone Sour, Testament, Act Of Defiance, Prong, Static-X, Vio-lence, Sepultura, and tons more. You can see some footage from the concert below:

Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Etc. Members To Perform At 2020 Dimebash

The 2020 Dimebash will take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 16. The concert, which is being held in honor of the late Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), will include an all-star jam featuring Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) as well as members of Accept, Act Of Defiance, Anthrax, Armored Saint, Bad Wolves, Bad Guys Wear Black, Broken Hope, Butcher Babies, Cody Jinks, Crowbar, Cypress Hill, Dylan Rose, Hatebreed, HELLYEAH, In Flames, In This Moment, Iron Maidens, Kill Devil Hill, King Diamond, King’s X, Kyng, Lamb Of God, Lita Ford, Pearl, Prong, Sebastian Bach, Sepultura, Stone Sour, The Haunted, Testament, and Tyr. Jose Mangin will host the event along with Riki Rachtman and WhiskeyDick will open. Tickets are available at dimebagdarrell.com.

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) To Perform At 2020 Dimebash

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is the first confirmed artist for the 2020 Dimebash. The event, which is being held in honor of the late Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), will be held at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, CA on January 16 and it will feature an all-star jam, as well as an opening set from WhiskeyDick. Jose Mangin will host the event and tickets are available at dimebagdarrell.com. There are also a limited number of VIP options that grant fans access to a private afterparty featuring food from Grohl’s BackBeat BBQ and more. Proceeds from the concert will benefit music education and animal rescue charities.

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) On 15th Anniversary Of His Death

Today (December 8) marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott. The legendary Pantera guitarist passed away after being gunned down during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, OH in 2004. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to honor Abbott on this sad day:

Pantera:

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals:

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society):

Rob Halford (Judas Priest):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Papa Roach:

Bad Wolves:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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Mina Caputo (Life Of Agony):

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Zakk Wylde Says He Is Still Open To Doing A Pantera Tribute Tour With Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown

Prior to Vinnie Paul’s tragic death, there was some talk about the possibility of doing a Pantera tribute tour with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, etc.) filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell. Now, during a recent interview on The Cassius Morris Show, Wylde said he is still open to the possibility of doing something with surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown.

Wylde said the following:

“When Saint Vinnie was still around, they were talking about it then. I mean, the way I always looked at it is it’s a Pantera celebration and an honor. I mean, every night I’m playing with Ozz, we honor Saint Rhoads. I’m playing the Randy stuff every night, and I’m blessed and it’s an honor to do it. Basically, we’re paying tribute to Randy every night — keeping his music alive.

If we got together and we ended up doing it, it would be like… I just look at it like if Eric Clapton went out and was with Mitch and Noel and singing and playing Jimi’s songs, and he’s honoring Jimi, ’cause that was his buddy.

No one’s replacing anybody. No one’s replacing Randy Rhoads — he was a one-off. Just like no one’s replacing Jimi Hendrix and no one’s replacing Dime or Vinnie.

If Zeppelin was going out, and if Jason’s playing drums, no one’s replacing his father. What they’re doing is celebrating his father’s greatness and what he achieved and all the mountains he conquered with Zeppelin.

It’s more of a tribute and a celebration than it is… You can’t replace any of these people I’m talking about — they’re all legendary guys. But, yeah, you’re just celebrating all their achievements — that’s all.”

[via Blabbermouth]

KnuckleBonz To Release New Pantera Statues

KnuckleBonz will be releasing “Cowboys From Hell” era Rock Iconz statues of Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown this fall. The hand painted figurines are 8.5″ tall and each one will be limited to 3,000. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Dave Mustaine Says He Once Asked Dimebag Darrell To Join Megadeth

During a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Mustaine revealed that he actually contacted Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) about joining Megadeth in the late 80’s. However, things didn’t end up working out because Mustaine had just hired drummer Nick Menza and the guitarist said he would only join if his brother Vinnie Paul (Pantera) could join too.

Here’s an exchange from the interview:

Were you and Dimebag Darrell into each other’s gear? Did you have different philosophies on the instruments you played?

“I did not. He may have, because he was a better guitar player than I am, and he was much more into that stuff. Being a bandleader/guitar player/rhythm player/lead player/blah blah blah, I don’t have the availability to spend as much time working on my solos as I’d like to. But I’m also very satiated with what I’ve done with my career.

“And with Darrell, when you look at his playing, he’s a monster. He’s one of those guys that in trios, with the bottom dropping out, he was really able to keep that going. Of course, on the studio releases, there was an additional track going, but live, that’s the real litmus test, right? And he was a spectacle to watch.

“I actually called him up and asked him to play in Megadeth. Fate would have completely changed if I would have called him before I called Nick Menza. I said, ‘Hey, Darrell, I’m looking for a guitar player.’ And he goes, ‘Can I bring my brother?’ And I went, ‘Who’s your brother?’ He goes, ‘Vinnie Paul! Don’t you know Vinnie Paul?’ He wanted to bring his brother and have him play with us, and I go, ‘Oh, man, I just hired Nick Menza.’ Can you imagine what Vinnie and Darrell would have been with me and Junior [David Ellefson]? Would’ve been pretty cool.”