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]

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]

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]