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


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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Below is our complete Damageplan news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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Officer Who Took Out Dime's Killer Recieves Honor

NBC 4 is reporting that Columbus Police Officer James D. Niggemeyer, who is widely credited for saving lives on Dec. 8, 2004 when he entered Alrosa Villa without backup and killed a crazed gunman responsible for blowing away four people, including PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, is receiving a national honor.

Niggemeyer received honorable mention in Parade magazine's 2005 Police Service Awards. His story will appear in Sunday's edition.

Niggemeyer responded to the DAMAGEPLAN concert at Alrosa Villa. Nathan Gale shot and killed four people and injured three others before Niggemeyer entered the building and killed him with one shotgun blast to the head.

"I could see he was holding a hostage around the neck and still had a gun, so I knew that I didn't want that hostage to be killed," Niggemeyer said.

"When he put the gun to the hostage's head, it became a now-or-never scenario," Niggemeyer said. "Do I let him shoot the hostage in front of everybody? Or do I take what I feel is the best shot to try to keep the hostage from being killed? ... It worked out for the best."

Niggemeyer said that while he was the first and only officer to enter the back of the club, he didn't act alone.

"That's where I have to thank all the other officers that came in the front, because I'm pretty sure that they kept his attention and allowed me to get as close as I did," he said. "And if it wasn't for those officers coming in the front, I don't know if he would've ever picked me off or not."

Niggemeyer said his mission was to save lives.

"If I had to do it again, I had to do it," Niggemeyer said. "I took an oath to protect the public."

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Former Damageplan Bassist To Find New Work?

Former DAMAGEPLAN bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha, who had briefly returned to tattooing at Gizmo's Tattoos on Greenville, Ave. in Dallas, TX, has left again, presumably to return to pursuing a music career. Gizmo's was the shop Bob was plucked from with a little help from artist Dutch Dalton, who reportedly gave Kakaha a ride to his initial DAMAGEPLAN audition.

As previously reported, fomer DAMAGEPLAN singer Patrick Lachman recently announced the formation of his new project, THE MERCY CLINIC, also featuring guitarists Brian Harrah (PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC) and Josh Stinson (DRIST), bassist Steed Najera (TRIPLE SEVEN), and drummer Bevan Davies (DANZIG, COMES WITH THE FALL, JERRY CANTRELL).

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Ex-Damageplan Singer With New Project & Website

Check out Pat Lachman (formerly of Damageplan) of The Mercy Clinic onstage with the guys at Ozzfest in Dallas! Everybody make sure and get over to www.themercyclinic.com and support Pat and the band!

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Italian Dimabag Tribute Album Free For Download

A 14-song Italian tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, entitled "This Love - A Tribute to Dimebag", has been made available for free download at moshpitculture.it. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. BY THE GRIEF - "Strength Beyond Strength"
02. ATOMIC ANTS - "Mouth For War"
03. SHELTER OF LEECH - "5 Minute Alone"
04. ELEKTRIK[H]ATE - "Cowboys From Hell"
05. HAPAX - "Walk"
06. DAY1DAY - "Cemetary Gates"
07. SOWN - "Suicide Note (Southern Version)"
08. ADDICTION CREW - "This Love"
09. SHATTERED - "War Nerve"
10. REMORSE - "Domination"
11. IMODIUM - "Rise"
12. SUFFERHEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
13. ORIENT EXPRESS - "Planet Caravan"
14. EVILGROOVE - "Suicide Note (Lysergik Version)"

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Dimebag's Guitar Enshrined At Hard Rock Cafe

For heavy metal fans, the violent death of Pantera and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott in Dec. 2004, ranks among rock's greatest communal losses: Buddy Holly, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain.

But if "Dimebag's" murder at a Columbus, Ohio concert marks the day the metal music died, his rowdy spirit lives on as was evident at Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday.

Abbott's live-in girlfriend, Rita Haney, and his brother and band mate, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, were on hand to unveil an electric guitar belonging to the murdered guitarist, among new memorabilia items installed at the restaurant.

About 150 fans clamored near the Hard Rock stage for the afternoon presentation to make a connection that even they couldn't always quite explain. "Dime," as he was known, was a different kind of rock god — accessible and down-to-earth.

"I had to be here," said Rocky Rios, 22. "He was so ... cool. At a thing like this, he'd just shake your hand."

Jessica Martin, 23, and Elliot Henry, 22, arrived together wearing Pantera T-shirts. "I'm here pretty much in tribute to him, just to show respect," Martin said.

"He's just everything to me," said Henry, who plays guitar. "I've listened to him since I was 9. The reason I love music is because of him."

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Evildoer Honour Dimebag Darrell On His Birthday

Evildoer had posted this message on their website:

Today the 20th of august we raise our Black Tooth drink honouring the late Dimebag Darrels 39th birthday! A sadly missed source of inspiration...RIP

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Remembering Dimebag on His 39th Birthday

John Austin of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has issued the following report on 'Dimebag' Darrel Abbott's 39th birthday:

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott didn't live to see his 39th birthday. Now, the BIC flame of fandom is kept burning at the metal-guitar hero's hometown resting place.

Abbott, who attended Arlington High School and lived in Dalworthington Gardens, was gunned down Dec. 8 during an onstage attack in Columbus, Ohio.

Since then, visitors from around the world have come here to pay tribute at his grave. Abbott, with his brother, Vinnie Paul, created the ground-breaking group PANTERA before founding DAMAGEPLAN, their final band.

Today would have been Abbott's 39th birthday, and the tributes, including a planned motorcycle ride to the cemetery, continue.

"There was a report of a lady who flew all the way from Japan," to visit the grave, said Moore Memorial Gardens general manager Mike Wilfong. "At least daily there's going to be someone there."

Workers check the site daily and find everything from stuffed bears and beer cans to notes urging Abbott to "riff in peace."

One note, from "Tony and Adam," was left even before the Bermuda grass that covers the grave began growing. "We came all the way from Chicago. Just wanted to say thank you."

A brown bear had a photo of Abbott and a girl on a collar around its neck. Written on the photo: "Merry Christmas."

Abbott's body occupies an unmarked site next to his mother's grave in a family plot, but Wilfong said a "spectacular" memorial is in the works.

Meanwhile, fans are welcome to visit, provided they behave.

"I was very impressed at how respectful everyone has been," said Wilfong.

The site occupied by the body of the man believed by most to be President John F. Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, is arguably Tarrant County's best-known grave. Oswald's grave at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, is a few miles west of the guitarist's resting place.

But there are no ghostly lip prints on Oswald's grave, no guitar picks, no dimes or rain-streaked photos of an admiring fan with the man.

There's no cross made of a broken drumstick, no shot glass.

"Dear Darrell," read one note. "We met a few times but hardly spoke. I looked up to you as a guitar god and as a person..."

Nor is there a rain-stained maroon Hallmark card on Oswald's grave with this message: "Thank you not just for what you did, which was wonderful, but for the way you did it."

A handwritten card read: "Thank you Dimebag for all the years you've brightened other peoples lives with your Texas-size beard!!

"Forever missed. Forever loved."

Read the full article at Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Nickelback to Use Unreleased Dimebag Solo

Jon Wiederhorn of MTV.com is reporting that a previously unreleased solo by late PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell will appear this fall in an unlikely place: on NICKELBACK's new album, "All the Right Reasons". The guitar parts for the flailing, 24-second lead were donated by Darrell's brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, and assembled from outtakes from the PANTERA albums "Vulgar Display of Power" and "Far Beyond Driven".

The song, a tribute to Darrell titled "Side of a Bullet", was written three months after the guitarist was killed while performing onstage with DAMAGEPLAN in Columbus, Ohio. NICKELBACK mainman Chad Kroeger first penned the song's aggressive, metallic riff, then wrote call-and-response lyrics from the perspective of a PANTERA fan so enraged over Dimebag's murder that he vows revenge, not realizing the shooter had already been killed by a policeman.

"I was very upset, and for two months, if I saw his picture somewhere I would get angry," Kroeger told MTV.com. "I hadn't lost somebody to a shooting before — it wasn't as though he'd been killed in some sort of accident. He was taken in such a horrible, malicious way that just made it more painful."

Once Kroeger finished demoing "Side of a Bullet", he called up Paul and played it to him to get his take on the tune. Paul liked what he heard and urged Kroeger to write lyrics about Dime. "I said, 'Well, funny enough, that song is about your brother,' " Kroeger recalled.

Paul volunteered to play on the song, so Kroeger overnighted him the tape and encouraged him to record a new drum track over the one played by NICKELBACK drummer Daniel Adair. "He thought about it for a while," Kroeger said, "then he decided that Daniel had done such an amazing job that we should leave it the way it was. That's when he sent the guitar parts from 'Vulgar Display of Power' and 'Far Beyond Driven', which we used for the solo."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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First Annual Ride For Dime Info Released

The first annual "Ride for Dime" bike rally will be held on Saturday, August 20 (late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's birthday) in Dallas. The event has been organized to raise money for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, which has been set up to help the victims of the Alrosa Villa shootings in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2004, which took the life of legendary heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

The bike run, which will begin and end at The Clubhouse, will take the participants into Arlington, where Dimebag lived all of his life, with stops of interest including his favorite restaurant, Campo Verde, where the riders will eat dinner. The ride will also pass through Elkins Park, where Dimebag often went to relax, and by his high school. The route will finally pass by Moore Memorial Gardens, Dimebag's final resting place, where the riders will toss flowers near the cemetery gates as they pass by. The ride will then return to the Clubhouse, where a night of Dime-style partying will take place.

Anyone interested in participating in this ride can find registration information at http://www.dallasentertainment.com/rfd.

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Nickelback Pays Tribute To Dimebag Darrell

Nickelback's forthcoming studio album, "All The Right Reasons" will feature a tribute to Dimebag Darrell.

The track "Side of a Bullet" will serve to honour the memory of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Dime collaborated with Nickelback previously on a cover of "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" for the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack.

"All the Right Reasons" is slated for a 3rd October release.

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The Haunted Annihilating Fans At Ozzfest

Swedish thrash titans THE HAUNTED are currently annihilating crowds at Ozzfest, which is the group's first U.S. run since wrapping up the "Devastation Across The Nation Tour" alongside SHADOWS FALL and DAMAGEPLAN last year. They recently completed a new video for "No Compromise" with acclaimed director Roger Johansson (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK); look for it now on Fuse's "Metal Asylum" and on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" next weekend.

Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following report from the road, after playing two shows in twelve hours: "It's going to be a long hot summer. My mind is slowly accepting it. I've gone soft in the time that we've been off tour, but now I am paying for it. My body is prepared, but the mind has no way getting ready for the complete assault on the senses a tour like this is. Outside it's in the nineties, and inside it's freezing, causing all the muscles to ache, while my sick libido pushes me hard.

"The show in Hartford was amazing, and it was great to see the kids embracing us. This feels new, but unfortunately I did a stupid thing going on stage with no shoes, and now my feet have two aching sores. I need these types of physical rewards. After the show I was so pissed off — we played 21 seconds too long, so the stage manager came screaming in my face the moment I walked off stage. I went running for an hour until I collapsed, drank water and fell asleep. We just played a killer off-date in Burlington, VT at 9:00 p.m., only to take the stage twelve hours later in Camden, NJ. Still, for some twisted reason, I really dig the self-torture involved in this."

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ex-Damageplan Vocalist To Launch New Project

Former DAMAGEPLAN vocalist Patrick Lachman (ex-HALFORD, DIESEL MACHINE) is preparing to launch a new project in the coming weeks. The as-yet-unnamed band is rumored to involve notable San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles musicians. Lachman describes the material as, "heavy but also very melodic, with the focus being on good songwriting. It's a definite left turn and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people." The group have reportedly written and recorded nearly 20 songs and are preparing to shop for a major label record deal. Plans to launch an official web site are underway as well. More information will be made available soon.

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Officer, Dispatcher Discuss Alrosa Villa Shootings

NBC 4 has issued the following report:

The Columbus police officer who ended a nightclub shooting rampage with one shot and the radio dispatcher who guided officers to the scene discussed the incident Monday with NBC 4.

A homemade video of the shooting was released Friday. The camera was positioned at the back right portion of the stage looking into the audience as Nathan Gale began shooting during the DAMAGEPLAN concert at Alrosa Villa on Dec. 8, 2004, NBC 4's Teresa Garcia reported.

When 911 calls came in to police, dispatcher Lisa Lee stayed calm through harrowing events.

"This is probably the worst situation dispatching I've ever been in," Lee said.

Lee, who was handling the radio channel for about 30 minutes, guided officers to the scene. More...

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Head's 'Letter To Dimebag' Video Posted Online

A video of former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch's performing a tribute song to the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, entitled "Letter to Dimebag", has been posted online at the Valley Bible Fellowship web site. You can watch it at this location (Quicktime). "It is written in guitar language, and I did it because [Dimebag] used to tell me we needed to put guitar solos in KORN," Welch explained. "So this song's for him, and to him. It's saying how much I miss him. Even though we weren't too close, his very friendly personality had a great impact on me!"

Welch is currently completing work on his solo CD, which is tentatively due later in the year. The as-yet-untitled effort may include another track which Welch has described as "a personal letter to 50 CENT from God."

"The Big Guy speaks through me a lot when I write, and I have a song for 50 CENT I wrote in the Holy Land. I feel like it's a personal letter to 50 from God, so I'm going to give it to him personally and see what his reaction is," Welch explained to MTV News. "If it's a positive reaction and he's willing to talk to me, then I'm not gonna release it, but if the reaction is not positive, I'm going to share it with the world."

Brian concluded, "This CD is full of heart-grabbing music, man! I can't wait to get it out!"

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Dimebag Shooting Video Released

NBC 4 has issued the following report:

A homemade video (slideshow) was released Friday (June 3) of a deadly nightclub shooting that occurred during a heavy metal concert last year.

The camera was positioned at the back right portion of the stage looking into the audience as Nathan Gale began shooting during the DAMAGEPLAN concert at Alrosa Villa on Dec. 8, 2004, NBC 4's Teresa Garcia reported.

The band had set up the camera before the show. The camera captured most of the five-minute shooting rampage. Gale shot and killed four people and injured three others before a Columbus police officer entered the building and killed him with one shotgun blast to the head.

DAMAGEPLAN began playing just after 10 p.m. About a minute later, a security guard runs off stage and within seconds, Gale can be seen on stage with a gun. He is pursued by the security guard, and the first shot is fired. More shots soon follow, and two men are hit.

One of those killed by Gale was renowned heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

The crowd appears stunned, but many stay by the stage and watch.

"Call 911 somebody," one person can be heard yelling. "Somebody call 911."

Gale is still on stage. Some people try to jump on the stage to help those shot.

While one man tries to motion people away from the stage area, the chaos continues, Garcia reported.

"Get him, get him, go," one person said.

Five shots are then heard.

"He's gotta run out of ammo by now," another person said.

But Gale wasn't done.

"He reloaded man," someone said. "I know he did, dude. He reloaded. He reloaded. Get down dude, get down. No!"

After five minutes, Gale has a hostage gripped by the neck. By then, Officer James Niggemeyer had entered the back of the building. He then fired the shot that ended it all. The shot can be heard clearly on the tape.

Other officers immediately run in to assist. Niggemeyer also can be seen on stage, clearly shaken by what just occurred.

Some people in the club immediately approach him and thank him for what he did and pat him on the back.

"He had his gun to his head," one man said. "You had to do it."

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Niggemeyer Talks About Deadly Nightclub Shooting

Ohio's NBC 4 is reporting that a Columbus police officer talked publicly for the first time about a deadly shooting at an Ohio nightclub which claimed the lives of five people, including PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Officer James Niggemeyer was the first officer to arrive at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in December after a gunman killed four people and took another hostage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert.

With no backup, Niggemeyer did what he felt was necessary to save lives. He fired one shot and killed Nathan Gale, who was on stage and still had the hostage locked in his arms.

"You just hope you never are involved in something like this," Niggemeyer said of the incident. More...

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Vinnie Paul To Continue w/ Revolver Advice Column

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul will continue to write his advice column for Revolver magazine. In a statement posted in the magazine's May 2005 issue, Revolver editors write that there was a miscommunication between Vinnie and Revolver and that when SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (Vinnie's projected replacement) learned that Vinnie still wanted to work with Revolver, he stepped down so Vinnie could carry on with his advice column. Any questions concerning Dimebag or Nathan Gale will be thrown in the trash. The e-mail address to ask Vinnie for advice is AskVinnie@aol.com.

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Esquire: We Weren't Making Fun Of Dimebag's Death

Esquire magazine has issued a response to the criticism of its April 2005 issue in which writer Brian Frazer appeared to be poking fun at the murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The last page of the magazine contained an article headlined "This Way Out" featuring a pyramid of "Recommended Daily of Vice." At the top was a section called "Use Sparingly" and in it was "Shooting ex-guitarists from PANTERA." A scan of the Esquire page in question can be found at this location.

In response to countless letters from Dimebag fans criticizing the article, Esquire has sent out the following form letter offering their explanation for the story:

"We're sorry you're offended by the 'This Way Out' page in the April issue of Esquire.

"We do want to point out, however, that the target of the offending joke was not Darrell Abbott. We feel nothing but sympathy for his friends, fans, and family. The target of the joke was the deranged man who shot him. His was a horrible and reprehensible act, as are many of the other 'vices' mentioned in the article."

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Vinnie Paul Jams Out With Black Label Society

DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul joined BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on stage for the song "Suicide Messiah" during their performance at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida Sunday night (April 17). Paul had previously jammed with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY at the 2005 WAAF Indoor Beach Party on April 9 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA.

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Dimebag's Murderer Dragged Off Stage Before

John Futty of The Columbus Dispatch has issued the following report:

Nathan Gale was dragged off the stage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Cincinnati eight months before killing the band's lead guitarist and three others at a concert in Columbus.

Yesterday (April 12), Columbus police confirmed that Gale caused a disturbance on stage at Bogart's nightclub on April 5, 2004.

According to reports filed by Cincinnati police, Gale damaged lighting equipment during a struggle with security while DAMAGEPLAN performed about 12:30 a.m.

Officers who responded to a 911 call filed a report labeling the offense as criminal damaging/endangering, but no charges were filed. The band didn't seek charges, police said.

The incident seemed of little significance until Dec. 8, when Gale stormed the stage at Alrosa Villa in Columbus and fatally shot DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott before turning his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun on those who tried to intervene. A fan, a club employee and the band's security chief were killed and three others wounded before a Columbus police officer ended the rampage by killing Gale with a shotgun blast. More...

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