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Disturbed Frontman Felt Compelled To Do Benefit For Dimebag's Family

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Within an hour of the shooting at the Alrosa Villa that left "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and four others dead, Disturbed frontman David Draiman's phone began ringing off the hook. And it didn't stop for almost 24 hours. Right then and there, he knew "Instead of dwelling on the facts of his death, we're trying to focus on the way he lived." — Disturbed's David Draiman that something had to be done to pay tribute to his slain friend.

"I started making phone calls the day after I got the news. I knew that something had to be done to honor his memory. But then I was watching TV, and I saw that his family was auctioning off a bunch of his possessions on eBay," Draiman said. "I was like 'Damn, is the situation that dire?' If it had come to that, then I also knew that we had to do something to help his loved ones out."

So Draiman decided to organize a benefit concert for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, which helps Abbott's family pay funeral expenses.

Anthrax, Drowning Pool and Soil will join Disturbed onstage February 23 at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom (tickets go on sale Saturday). It promises to be an emotional night, and Draiman wanted the perfect venue, which is why he chose the Aragon. It's a little dark, a little dank and a little dangerous. It's someplace that Dime would've approved of.

"We ended up choosing the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago because that's where I had seen the best Pantera shows," Draiman said. "That's the place that was the stereotypical metal venue. They called it the 'brawlroom.' It's just one big floor, and it's chaos. It's beautiful. And I couldn't think of doing it any other way. We could've brought the show to a bigger building, but it wouldn't have the same vibe."

And the venue won't be the only thing having special significance that night. While most Dimebag tributes have consisted of musicians leaving a shot of liquor onstage in his honor, Draiman promises a more elaborate — though equally touching — memorial.

"There was this story told at the funeral, regarding a guitar [that was made for] Dime, a Washburn that he only played a couple of times, made in the shape of a Crown Royal bottle," Draiman said. "Dime donated it to the Hard Rock in Orlando a few years back. That guitar is going to be flown out to Chicago for the show. And [Disturbed guitarist] Danny [Donegan] is going to play a song with that guitar.

"We're also going to just reminisce about the kind of guy Dime was. There's going to be a video montage, and we'll all do a Pantera and/or Damageplan cover or two," he continued. "It's going to be a night of brotherhood and support. Instead of dwelling on the facts of his death, we're trying to focus on the way he lived."

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1. SKELLA _HOBBLE _IVXX writes:

I will be there to thrash out and remember BROTHER DIME. The Brawlroom is also in my opion the only place the have this trubute. I have seen Pantera 27 times throught out the years and I must say the baddest show I ever seen was the Sacred Reigh / Pantera show there back in 95. I had only wished that Pantera / Slayer would of played this venue but they opted for a large one with seats.

R.I.P. BROTHER DIME

# Jan 6, 2005 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. LOK HIMMM writes:

anyone who has seen any of my previous postings knows that i always use caps, because i like to make my statements bold, loud, and in your face..... this time, however, i am speaking with respect to all...... dime's loss was a true tragedy, and to all the bands invovled with the tribute, THANK YOU. you make the metal world a better place for us all................ HIMMM!!!!!!!!

# Jan 6, 2005 @ 6:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. liz writes:

so he died?

# Jan 15, 2005 @ 6:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BLACK DOG writes:

Yes liz he's dead .

# Jan 15, 2005 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. LOK HIMMM writes:

COME ON, LIZ, YOU'RE ON THE METAL UNDERGROUND WEBSITE, DON'T ACT LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. liz writes:

well LOK HIMMM it seems like u dont know whats going on

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 1:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. LOK HIMMM writes:

NOTHING IS EVER AS IT SEEMS. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. me writes:

dear liz, did u drop something and I dont mean ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 2:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. brad writes:

you mean like acid


because i did

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. liz writes:

WHAT? i need a reply from me!!!!!!!

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 4:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brokenwings13 writes:

holy tapdancing jesus christ!

I had to say that, I've been watching South Park.

# Jan 16, 2005 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. liz writes:

me on need a reply

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. me writes:

Im back liz, what you want?

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. me writes:

Back again liz, just been reading comments on other pages and suddenly i see `liz` and your comment is metal sucks. what the hell are you doing visiting this website, it is obvious that your just a sad loser with nothing else to do but try to annoy other people who love metal music. So please accept this as my final response to you and hopefully everyone will follow suit.SO f*** OFF LIZ. METAL RULES

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. LOK HIMMM writes:

LIZ HAS CAME OUT OF THE CLOSET AND HAS ACCEPTED HER METAL DESTINY. TRY THE IS METAL DANGEROUS THREAD, ME. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. me writes:

disregard my last comment liz, read your other comments and please accept my humblest apologies, welcome to the family . OH No Im starting to sound like charlie manson.

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brad writes:

wtf

# Jan 17, 2005 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. brokenwings13 writes:

If she's accepted her so-called "metral destiny" can we wean her off of that canadien fake punkcrap called Simple Plan?

# Jan 22, 2005 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. RememberMetal? writes:

hey canada is where those psychos in SYL come from...but nickleback and simpleplan due hale from that wasteland...i like their politics better though...hmmm

my real reason for posting here is to find out if anyone here has ever actually SNAPPED THE NECK of a flamingo. let me know. if you have it on tape get in touch with me...I cant get to the flamingos at my zoo, their too well protected and the local police are pretty much on to my tresspassing habbits...
thanks again i've got to get back to shaving my 'tards, they get hairy so fast...

oh uh simpleplan are in the same boat as william hung...talentless hot item of the minute crap.

it would be so awesome to able to put a live zebra in an oven.

# Jan 22, 2005 @ 4:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. LOK HIMMM writes:

YOU GOT ISSUES, DUDE, AND BUY A DICTIONARY, PLEASE. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 22, 2005 @ 10:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. me writes:

go back to middle earth where you belong weirdo.

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