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.

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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.”

Watch Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Etc. Members Perform At 2019 Dimebash

Last night (January 24), a number of artists took the stage at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul at the 2019 Dimebash. The event was hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it featured the following: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). You can see some footage from the show below:

Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members To Perform At 2019 Dimebash

The 2019 Dimebash is set to take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 24. The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it will include performances by Kill Devil Hill, Fireball Ministry, and an all-star band featuring: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). A private afterparty will be held after the event and it will include jams from Kyng, food from Grohl’s BackBeat BBQ, and raffle prizes. Proceeds will go towards MusicCares and Guitars For Vets.

Kill Devil Hill & Fireball Ministry To Perform At 2019 Dimebash

The 2019 Dimebash will be held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 24. The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it will feature performances by Kill Devil Hill, Fireball Ministry, and an all-star band (artists to be announced), who will perform the late Dimebag Darrell’s music as well as his favorite tracks. Tickets are available HERE with proceeds going towards MusicCares and Guitars For Vets. A private afterparty will take place after the event and it will include jams from Kyng, food from Dave Grohl’s BackBeat BBQ, and tons of raffle prizes. Details on how you can win a seat at the afterparty table will be revealed soon. Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney commented:

“The thing that I look forward to most about Dimebash is how it doesn’t matter if you’re up on the stage jammin’ or if your standing in the crowd – we’re all just one big bunch of fans together, here to pay our respects to the same man for the love, the laughs, and the killer tunes he created with that power groove of his! Lots of fun is had in that room on that one night – you never know the combinations of talent you’re going to see! It’s pretty damn magical!”

Phil Anselmo Pays Tribute To Dimebag Darrell & Vinnie Paul With Full Set Of Pantera Songs

During his show at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA last night (November 16), Phil Anselmo and his band The Illegals paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul with a full set of Pantera songs. The performance was streamed on Facebook and can be seen HERE. You can also find some fan-filmed footage along with the setlist below:

Setlist:

01. “Use My Third Arm”
02. “Mouth For War”
03. “Becoming”
04. “Walk”
05. “Death Rattle”
06. “I’m Broken” (feat. Child Bite’s Shawn Knight)
07. “This Love”
08. “Fucking Hostile”
09. “Hellbound”
10. “Domination” / “Hollow”
11. “A New Level”

[via Blabbermouth]

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“