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Aussie Fans Unite For Fallen Hero

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Daniel McDougall, vocalist for a Melbourne band named BLOCK, and screen printer by trade sent this over:

A touching feature of the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out was the startling number of shirts that eulogised the death of American heavy metal guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbot. Abbot was shot on stage on December 12 while performing with Damageplan and, even though eight weeks has passed, the number of t-shirts on display served as a haunting reminder of the atrocity.

The shirts, identical in design, are the creations of Melbourne screenprinter and Pantera fan, Daniel McDougall, who is also vocalist with local metal group Block. "Basically, the shirt is a gesture from the Australian heavy metal community,” said McDougall, who works at A&D Printing and Design. “I want to sell as many of these as possible and to gather photos on a website of people wearing them.”

McDougall epitomises the connection that fans have historically shared with their stars in life and in death. “I just want Vinnie Paul (Dimebag’s brother and Damageplan drummer) and the band to know how much we appreciated and loved Dimebag. Once the message gets sent, that’s it. That’s all I want: For them to know how much he meant to us all.”

The shirt, predictably black in colour, carries an image of the guitarist on the front, and the following message on the back: “R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell. You will live in our memories forever. The metal heads of Australia.” McDougall developed the design after viewing Abbot’s face on the cover of a music magazine and has sold around 400 t-shirts so far out of a backpack that he carries to various festivals.

McDougall is selling “The Dime Shirts” for just $5 each. He stands to make nothing for the time and effort he has thus far contributed but believes the low price will encourage as many people as possible to buy one for themselves and one for each of their friends; draw attention to the real cost of producing a t-shirt in the aim that people will reject similar commemorative items that will be inevitably overpriced.

“It’s very important to me that people realize that we’re not profiteering here,” says McDougall, who has thus far enlisted a team of 10 volunteers to help spread the word. “We’re doing this to create a feeling of unity and togetherness in the music community and it’s working. I can’t print them fast enough because everyone wants to buy more than one.”

Those interested in The Dime Shirt can contact thedimeshirt@hotmail.com or view an online order form at www.blocknation.com.

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1. oldeskoolmetalhed writes:

thats f***ing awesome that the metal community is expressing how much dimebag meant to us. he was not only the best guitarist to ever slam a floyd rose, he was a good hearted humble funny guy and he gave so much through his music to the whole world. i'll never forget dimebag and he'll always be in my heart. he was a one and only legend that the world will never see the likes of (or even close) again. i may never have met him or seen him live, but i have listened to him jam since i was in 7th grade and i'll always remember how his playing made me feel, while the kids in my class were listening to the f***ing backstreet boys lol. anyway, we miss u dime. we know u and randy are jamming up there!

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2. NemesiC writes:

The shirt kicks ass. I don't know what this feeling is. It's like hope I think. It's expression of love. Dimebag meant so much to everyone. Oldskool, i couldn't have said it any better. (regarding the legendary jam in heaven right now)

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