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Formed: 2003
From: TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Born in Texas, Vinnie and Dime grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where they came from a very musical background. Their father, Jerry Abbott, owned and engineered a recording studio not far from their home. The brothers used to hang out down at the studio on a regular basis, where they got to see their share of Texas legends. Dime and Vinnie were also influenced by such greats as Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Edward Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Tommy Aldridge, John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, and Neil Peart, just to name a few. This helped progress the 'dynamic duo' into the most influential guitarist and drummer of the 1990's, where they have continued their groundbreaking techniques and styles into the new millennium.

They picked up singer, Pat Lachman, guitarist for Halford and Diesel Machine and added Bob Kakaha (aka Bob Zilla) on bass, both of whom were friends with Dime and Vinny, and the lineup was complete.

Pat views Damageplan as a natural progression of the nucleus that made Pantera a legend in the first place. 'Comparisons are going to come because it's the evolution of a legacy, even though we're not trying to be Pantera. We're trying to evolve and do something different. And indeed the comparisons have been made.

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sunday Old School: Damageplan

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the murder of former Pantera guitarist, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, one of the most shocking events to occur in the world of heavy metal. It sent shock waves throughout the music community, leading to almost everyone posting their respect online and led to tribute songs from bands such as Machine Head, Black Label Society and even Nickelback. To this day, many people posting their thoughts on a metal website still end their input with "R.I.P. Dimebag," a small but notable example of how the man is still missed by millions across the globe. Although he was known for his work with Pantera, it was with his new band, Damageplan that he was performing when he was killed and so to honour his memory, this week Sunday Old School will be looking at the formation, the tragic demise and most importantly, the music of Damageplan.

In the early 2000's, the condition of Pantera was something of a mystery. The Abbott brothers, Darrell and Vinnie Paul, were keen to get to work on a new record, though they were having trouble getting the same commitment from frontman, Phil Anselmo, who had begun occupying himself with numerous side projects including Down and Superjoint Ritual. Vinnie Paul also claimed that Anselmo's drug use was affecting his live performances. Eager to record and release new music, the brothers decided to form a new band, initially named New Found Power, though their moniker was soon changed to Damageplan. They recruited former Halford guitarist Pat Lachman to fill the vocal spot, after he received a demo of the song, "Crawl" and the lineup was soon rounded up with the addition of former Jerry Cantrell guitar player Shawn Matthews on bass, although he was soon replaced by Bob Zilla, a tattoo artist who had done several pieces for the Abbott brothers. More...

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Amalgama Comments On Passing Of Dimebag Darrell

Amalgama has issued the following statement about the passing of Dimebag Darrel and John Lennon:

"If you happen to take a look at a newspaper or watch a bit of news today you'll see the coverage of the anniversary of the death of John Lennon who was gunned down outside his apartment 30 years ago. December 8th is a day that many people can remember exactly where they were when they heard John Lennon had been killed, be it driving home from work or even watching Monday Night Football when it was announced over the air. As we all pause to remember someone who left such an indelible impact on the music world we here in Amalgama also want to remember another musician who was taken from the world too early: Dimebag Darrell.

"Obviously in the metal community he is well known as the guitarist for Pantera as well as Damageplan, his band he formed with brother Vinne Paul following Pantera's unraveling. Perhaps Dimebag didn't touch as many people as Lennon did but you can't take away the impact he has had on the music world and all the aspiring guitar players he influenced. Last night during rehearsal, Ray came in wearing his 'Vulgar Display of Power' shirt with the brutal black & white image of a man getting punched in the face plastered across the front.

"It kicked off a conversation between us on the most difficult Pantera songs to play and reflecting on how insanely awesome of a shredder Dime was. Not many players with such raw talent come through this world and Dimebag was one of them. So, knock back a few drinks tonight in his memory (and then maybe go play 'Imagine' by John Lennon, just to be fair)."

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell would have celebrated his 44th birthday this past August, no doubt surrounded by friends and family, the love of his life Rita Haney, and his big brother Vinnie.

Black tooth grins would have been downed, and more than a few fireworks probably would have been shot up into the sky and at unsuspecting revelers. It would have been a true celebration of life, because, as the man himself often said, that’s the kind of fun Dime had. But six years ago to the day that lifelong celebration, along with the lives of four other members of the global metal family, was cut tragically short. By now we all know the story, there’s no sense in reliving the grisly details. Dime wouldn’t want us to dwell on the way he died; he would want us to focus on the way he lived.

To a person, everyone who came into contact with Dimebag Darrell as he made his way around the world several times over playing the music he loved was made to feel like an equal, like a friend. With Dime, there were no walls between the fans and the musicians, between crew and band. There was only kinship and a common love of music and having the best time humanly possible. Even those of us who never met the man felt like we knew him from watching the Pantera home videos and seeing him exude one hundred percent uninhibited enthusiasm on stage each and every night and completely unfiltered, boyish joy off stage when he partied with his brothers by blood and by metal, the hardest drinking band in the business, Pantera. More...

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Hellyeah Finishing New Album, "Stampede"

HELLYEAH is currently in Dallas, Texas putting the final touches on their sophomore release titled-"Stampede" (Epic Records), due out July 13th. Once finished, the band will hit the road for a worldwide tour throughout the summer (dates below).

"Stampede," the follow up to the band's 2007 self-titled debut, is being recorded, produced and mixed by Vinnie Paul and Sterling Winfield. Vocalist Chad Gray says of the album “I couldn’t wait to write this record. I can’t wait for our fans to hear it and I definitely can’t wait to hit the fucking stage and play it! Stampede represents every emotion that you’ve ever had and everything that screams HELLYEAH! There’s no smoke and mirrors with what we are. What you see is what you get. And what your get is Five guys bringin’ it, a head full of music, bleeding ears and most likely….Drunk!”

Check out Vinnie and Sterling’s report from the studio and hear a snippet of a brand new song on the band’s YouTube page (and below).

HELLYEAH will debut the first track from STAMPEDE to fans on April 21st.

To promote their upcoming effort, HELLYEAH hits the road for the following tour dates: More...

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Tom Sanford Comments On Dimebag Darrell Painting

Artist Tom Sanford, whose painting of the assassination of Dimebag Darrell is to be auctioned this weekend, has issued the following statement through his website about the controversy surrounding the piece:

"It seems that my 2005 painting 'The Assassination of Dimebag Darrell' is going back to auction and this has re-ignited the ire of Dimebag’s fans. In fact I learned of the auction through a surge in the regular trickle of hate mail/criticism that this piece engenders. Roadrunner records blog, called Blabbermouth, posted a short (and i thought remarkably fair) article about my painting and the upcoming Phillips de Purdy auction. This post was picked up by various other metal blogs and was heavily commented on by their readers. The post linked to my website, and led to an onslaught of email to me. Most of the email amounted cursing me out while accusing me of crimes ranging from poor taste to exploiting the death of Dimebag. I guess that I am guilty of both.

"Back in early 2005, when I made the painting, the reaction of Dimebag’s fans was actually not on my mind. I was interested in this tragedy as a historical event that occurred in our media saturated world, but was without a defining image of the event. Normally the pervasive 24-hour news and infotainment industry is able to define news worthy events with an image or video. In this case the event was only captured in the accounts of witnesses who saw the horrific event live at the Alrosa Villa. This afforded me an opportunity to make a painting that might be the only visual depiction of the tragedy, and yes I exploited this opportunity.

"In my defense I thought it to be an extremely significant event, and one that needed to be remembered. I thought my painting might help remember the tragedy. The painting is certainly in poor taste, but I think that when one is describing a mass murder, etiquette is really not an issue. More...

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Painting Of Dimebag Darrell Death To Be Auctioned

Metalhammer.co.uk is reporting that a painting by Tom Sanford of Dimebag Darrell's murder will be auctioned off for a charity event this weekend. The painting is expected to receive between £500 – £700 at the auction. The painting itself and the artist's explanation of it can be viewed at this location.

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Lick Library Releases Dimebag Guitar Tuition DVDs

Lick Library, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of guitar tuition DVDs, has just released a comprehensive series of Dimebag Darrell guitar tuition DVDs.

Best known as a founding member of Pantera and Damageplan, Dimebag Darrell was considered one of the most influential guitarists in modern metal. He was renowned for his ferocity of style as well as his creative riffs, licks and hard hitting solos that left fans begging for more.

Learn to Play Pantera (RRP £24.99) is taught by internationally renowned guitarist and tutor Andy James. This double DVD set unlocks the secrets of 5 classic Dimeball Darrrell tracks in 3 hours of guitar lessons broken down into clearly explained sections. Tracks include Cowboys from Hell, Cemetery Gates, Mouth For War, Rise and This Love. Each song is split up into Intro, Verse, Chorus and includes detailed guitar solos and lead fills. It gives you plenty of time to understand what Andy is teaching as he shows you how to play different styles of metal including heavy rhythm parts and fast guitar solos at slow, medium and normal tempos.

Learn to Play Dimebag Darrell, The Solos (RRP £23.99) is also taught by Andy James. It teaches you note for note the solos from 5 classic Pantera tracks, Cowboys from Hell, Cemetery Gates, Mouth For War, A New Level and Walk. This matchless style of guitar lesson shows solos broken down into manageable chunks and demonstrates alternate, hybrid and tremolo picking, string skipping, tapping octave shapes and much more. Production is superb, with multiple camera shots so you see both the left and right hand at the same time.

Quick Licks in the style of Dimebag Darrell (RRP £19.99) is again presented by Andy James. This DVD shows you how to play over 25 killer metal licks which take in some of the best ideas used by Dimebag Darrell. Aimed at the intermediate to advanced guitar player this guitar tuition DVD covers a host of tips & techniques of differing degrees of difficulty. In addition backing tracks are included for you to practice playing the licks with. Your speed of progress is up to you, as you steer through the DVD using the chapter points placed at key places.

Guitar Techniques in the style of Dimebag Darrell (RRP £19.99) is presented by Danny Gill, a former Joe Satriani pupil. Danny uses a clear and patient manner to look closely at how to play rhythm guitar and solos. He explains in small steps, time signatures, syncopated & staccato techniques, rhythm patterns, and a wide range of phrasing ideas. There is for true metal devotees an important lesson on de-tuning, plus the most amazing section detailing what would surely be Dimebag Darrells top ten favourite wacky noises such as the “horse”, “mosquito”, “Elephant”, “flanger and ring modulator FX (without using an FX pedal) and much more.

All these Dimebag Darrell products are available to purchase through www.licklibrary.com along with over 20,000 other guitar tuition products.

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Hellyeah To Release New Album In 2010

Hellyeah, the southern tinged metal "supergroup" founded by members of Nothingface, Mudvayne and Vinnie Paul of Pantera/Damageplan fame, has announced that they will be releasing their second studio album around the April/May mark of next year with plenty of touring to follow. Drummer Vinnie Paul has also stated the album is half-done at this point in time. No-one is sure whether the band will release the new album through Epic Records again or through Paul's own label, Big Vin Records. The debut sold around 500,000 copies.

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Big Vin Records Signs Chinaman

Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records has announced the signing of comedian Chinaman, well known for his impressions of rockers among other things. You can watch a few video clips below. More...

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Metal Superstars To Appear At Ride For Dime 5

The organizers of the annual Ride For Dime event has announced a special BBQ & Bash All Star Jam which will feature former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and many more including members of Testament, Staind, Shinedown, Snot, Machine Head and Buckcherry.

Meet and Starting Point:
Longhorn Harley-Davidson / Buell, located at 2830 W Interstate 20 Grand Prairie, TX
12:30pm -- bike staging
2:30pm -- ride begins under police escort, total ride 38 Miles
3:30pm -- arrive at the Palladium for parking lot party

BBQ & Bash All Star Jam:
6:00pm -- doors

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Hellyeah To Enter The Studio Next Month

Hellyeah, the Southern flavoured supergroup featuring former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul as well as members of Mudvayne and Nothingface, has announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record their second album. The band will be hitting the studio on May 15th.

Speaking on label situations, Vinnie Paul states; "We don't know. We're free agents right now. We had a one-disc deal with Epic, and they're practically begging us to come back. We sold nearly 500,000 records for them, which is practically unheard of these days. That's like going platinum 10 years ago."

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Phil Anselmo Denies Drug Rumours, Talks Pantera

Phil Anselmo, former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual and current vocalist of Down and guitarist for Arson Anthem recently did an in depth interview with AntiQuiet, during which he spoke about his days in Pantera, feud with the Abbott brothers and the rumours that he is back on drugs. Some excerpts are as follows:

Antiquiet: I don’t mean to dredge up old bullshit, but I want to talk about something you’ve encountered firsthand. When you had that beef with Dime and Vin, us fans got the word through fuckin’ Metal Hammer and the music journalists, who of course tend to… you know, pull the juicy quotes out, to keep the circus going, to get attention, to sell magazines.

So let’s say things were different and the journalists minded other business, and you guys had space to work it out on your own. Do you think things might have turned out differently?

Phil Anselmo: Well… it’s kind of a moot point here. But if you’re talking in… imaginary terms, if you’re talking what ifs, theoretically, yeah. Rex and I actually talk about it a lot and we know… Pantera could have kept going.

The interview that sparked off everybody’s imagination… Little to everyone’s knowledge, the guy who asked me that- it was supposed to be off the record- he asked me straight out what would happen if [we] got into a fight- a physical thing. First of all, that never would have happened. Second of all, theoretically, once again- obviously, I would have the advantage over them. So I put it in a [certain] way, like a million motherfuckers do every day- boxers, et cetera- you know, they say they’re going to do terrible, horrible things to each other, and then after everything clears, they shake hands and hug each other and it’s done.

But if things are put as an absolute, and it’s just black and white, it’s just read and it’s taken that way, and it’s very unfortunate that it was. Because, as I’ve said before, Pantera was a mighty force man. More...

Read the full article at AntiQuiet.

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Vinnie Paul Plans Dimebag Book Signings

The new book about "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, "He Came to Rock" hits store shelves today, November 18 at Best Buy, Hot Topic, Borders and many other outlets.

However, if you would lke to come get a copy and have it signed to you personally by VINNIE PAUL, check out the following book signings:

11/18/2008 - Las Vegas, NV
Hard Rock Cafe [the restaurant outside the casino]
7:00-9:00

11/19/2008 - Los Angeles, CA
Best Buy 11301 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
6:00-8:00

11/20/2008 - Dallas, TX
Best Buy at Midway / LBJ Shopping Ctr,. Dallas Texas 75244
6:00-8:00

11/21/2008 - NYC, NY
Borders Books, 2 Penn Plz., New York, New York 10121
7:00-9:00

If you can't make it to one of the personal signings, there will be some signed books on Ebay that you can bid on tonight. You can also pre-order your copy by visiting the Big Vin Records web site.

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Max Cavalera Discusses Sepultura Reunion

Max Cavalera was recently interviewed by UWeekly, where he talked about the possibility of a Sepultura reunion and how he'd like it to happen, his friendship with the Abbot brothers and more. Some excerpts from the interview are as follows:

UW: Now that you’ve reconciled with your brother Igor, do you see a Sepultura reunion happening in the future?

Well, it’s not impossible, you know? But it’s also something that we’re not spending too much time on now because there is really a long way to go to that. I’m just happy to make peace with Igor, really… and doing the Conspiracy album. Playing with Igor again is great. Maybe. Everybody knows we would like to have a reunion, and even to the person who said it would happen … to be fair to the hardcore fans, it would also be good to invite the other players, not just the classic lineup … some of the guys from the first period of the band, which was the first 10 years — it was more death metal, you know, Sepultura … it really was a death-metal band in the beginning — and have these guys come out and do some of the reunion. If it happens … if it happens, I would want to do it this way. It would be more … it would have more integrity than just the Sepultura that everybody knows. More...

Read the full article at UWeekly.

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Ddrum and Vinnie Paul Announce New Signature Line

Vinnie Paul Abbott has announced his deal with Ddrum to create a new signature product line of drums.

“I’m proud to announce that I am making the move to Ddrum. This opportunity is giving me the chance to expand beyond playing music and bring my own line of kick ass, affordable drums to skin bashers around the world. Simply put, these drums look and sound amazing. Hell yeah!” Vinnie Paul.

"Vinnie Paul is the star in metal drumming, period. There is no doubt that this is a new day at Ddrum" says Ddrum CEO, Elliott Rubinson." Division manager, Terry Platt adds “The signature products from Vinnie are going to be sick.”

The new line will be displayed at Winter NAMM 2009 in January and Vinnie Paul will be on hand to sign autographs and help promote the new line.

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Metal Stars Confirmed For Dimebag Tribute

The Ozzfest live tribute to fallen Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has began to take a clearer shape with many big name members of the metal community confirmed. The musicians will perform a set of Pantera classics after the set of Hellyeah at Ozzfest. Among the confirmed artists are:

Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah)
Kerry King (Slayer)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, Solo artist)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Chad Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick, Kingdom Of Sorrow)
Bob Zilla (Damageplan, Hellyeah)

Dimebag's former girlfriend Rita Haney has said about the tribute: “To have this event on the Mainstage at OZZFest in Dallas is such a treat and an honor!” says Rita Haney. “When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community come together like I've never seen before. To have the name ‘Dimebag’ still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision, it's always been about a damn good time!"

“When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year’s OZZFest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell since it was his hometown,” said Sharon Osbourne. “’Dimebag’ was a part of our OZZFest family and everyone in the metal community misses him dearly.”

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Burn It All Posts Audio Samples Online

Burn It All, the new band featuring Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera along with ex-Halford guitarist/ Damageplan vocalist Pat Lachman, have posted samples from their new demo online at their Myspace page. The band has recorded a four song demo, three of which are featured on the sampler.

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Vinnie Paul Posts Record Label Update

Drummer VINNIE PAUL (PANTERA / DAMAGEPLAN / REBEL MEETS REBEL / HELLYEAH) has issued the following update:

"Big Vin Records plans on releasing SEVENTHVOID which is Johnny and Kenny from TYPE O NEGATIVE... all I can say is it's bad ass. Check it out here.

And the picture book that me and my Dad put together celebrating my brother Dimebag Darrell's life - it's very special... both will be out this summer.

As for Hellyeah, we're on a break but I will have some exciting news soon..."

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Dio To Headline Ride For Dime 4

Ride For Dime has announced RONNIE JAMES DIO as the headliner for the 4th annual Ride For Dime charity concert which benefits Little Kids Rock!

The show takes place Saturday, August 16th - venue location information has not yet been released. Also performing will be: HABIT OF FORCE, BLOOD OF THE SUN, HELL GOAT and PUMPJACK.

Ride For Dime (RFD) is an annual charity remembrance ride and concert event held in memory of Darrell Abbott, Jeff Thompson, Nathan Bray, and Erin Halk. It is in the spirit in which Darrell Abbott lived his life, his contributions and love for music that Ride For Dime was organized. Ride For Dime will continue to spread Darrell Abbott's caring, kindness, and generosity to others, by contributing to a cause he deeply believed in... music education programs for children. Proceeds from Ride For Dime are donated to the Little Kids Rock organization.

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David Ellefson Comments On Dimebag Tribute

As previously reported, SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, current F5/former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current Beyond Fear/Yngwie Malmsteen singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and DAITRIBE guitarist Tristan "1690" Grigsby have joined forces to record a song for the upcoming tribute album to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Entitled "Leave It Alone", the track features solos by special guests Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER) and fan Brian Cashmore. It was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh, with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona and Galahad Studios in Cleveland Ohio.

David Ellefson states "Ironically, it led to a really cool metal jam we did for Rockhouse at WNAMM this past year, a gig which brought in our friend "Ripper" to really tear it up on vox. "Leave It Alone" is not only a cool song but it was also the beginning of a great working relationship with me and Jason Bittner doing clinics, jams, and so forth.

"Leave It Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to the Little Kids Rock school program.

An audio sample of the track is available at this location.

Little Kids Rock believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education as music education is a transforming force in children's lives. Dimebag had the same philosophy with always sharing his passion and love of music to the world inspiring kids to pick up a guitar.

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