Tim “Ripper” Owens & Jason Bittner Discuss ‘Leave It Alone’ Dimebag Tribute

Tim “Ripper” Owens and Jason Bittner recorded a song called ‘Leave It Alone’ several years ago for a Dimebag Darrell tribute compilation that was never released. Also on the track were David Ellefson and Tristan “1690” Grigsby. The song is available exclusively on iTunes. Watch Tim and Jason dicussing the song with Metal Blade TV via YouTube below.

Dimebag’s Ex Rita Haney Blames Phil Anselmo For His Murder

In an interview with Guitar World magazine, slain guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s girlfriend of 20 years, Rita Haney, is pointing fingers at Panetera singer Phil Anselmo for causing Dimebag to be murdered on stage on December 8, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio by deranged gunman Nathan Gale. “If Phil Anselmo hadn’t quit Pantera, Darrell wouldn’t have been playing in that sh**hole where that guy could get to him,” Haney fumed in the mag’s March 2008 issue, on sale January 15th.

She also didn’t have kind words for the lead singer of the band Dimebag was playing with that night, Damageplan. “I remember in his final days, Darrell was calling me a lot and he told me that he didn’t know what to do about [vocalist] Pat Lachman,” Haney explained. “Pat said that he didn’t want to sing any Pantera songs, but he knew what he was getting into when he joined the band. It got to the point where Darrell blew up completely. He said, ‘Look, if I want a dickhead for a singer I’ll call up Phil Anselmo! I can at least make money with that motherfu**er.'” The full story at guitarworld.com has since been archived.

Lamb Of God & Friends’ Dimebag Tribute In Dallas

Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Devildriver and Soilwork took the stage together to honor ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbot by playing ‘5 Minutes Alone’ by Pantera at Nokia Theatre in Dime’s hometown Dallas on Saturday (December 8). Watch footage below.

Dimebag Darrell Abbott Posthumously Inducted Into Hollywood’s Rockwalk

Ace Frehley, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Vinnie Paul Abbott, Jerry Cantrell, Ace Frehley, Kerry King of Slayer, and Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society were on hand for Dimebag Darrell’s induction into Hollywood’s RockWalk on Thursday (May 17) at The Guitar Center and Hollywood’s RockWalk in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from PRPhotos, RexFeatures, GettyImages, and WireImage. Watch a report from Artisan News Service at YouTube.

Vinnie Paul Gets Father’s Support To Carry On In Music

Vinnie Paul spoke with Australia’s Beat magazine about continuing on in music with Hellyeah after the tragic onstage murder of his brother Darryl ‘Dimebag’ Abbott and three others at a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio in 2004. Vinnie’s father Jerry Abbot is now fully behind the new project after some initial hesitation. “At first, he was very leery of it all,” the drummer said quietly. “But I just had to tell him ‘Dad, this is what I do. I’ve played music all my life, I love playin’ drums and bein’ onstage, I love tourin’ and seein’ other countries, and now I have this opportunity to do it again. And the thing is, I know Dime is tellin’ me to go all the way with this thing. The last thing he would want is for me to curl up in a shell and quit. Or do somethin’ stupid. This is the right thing for me to do.’ Yeah, man – my dad totally supports me on it.”

The full interview at beat.com.au has since been removed.

Vinnie Paul Abbott Q&A

Johnson Cummins of the Montreal Mirror caught up with former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott to talk about his late brother, Dimebag Darrell, and his falling out with ex Pantera singer Phil Anselmo after his white-supremacist comments from the stage in Montreal. “Nah, I will never talk to that guy again,” Vinnie said when asked if he’s buried the hatchet following the remarks. “That Montreal incident was only one of many other dumb incidents he’s been a part of, and I’m sure he will continue to do. I just hope a lot of people know that he was never speaking for the band when he opened his mouth. I really have no use for him and just keep my distance — I’ll just leave it at that.” The full story at montrealmirror.com has since been removed.

Friends Mark Anniversary Of Dimebag’s Death

Thursday (December 8) will mark a year since the on-stage murder of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott, and Billboard.com spoke with some of his heavy metal peers for their thoughts on the rocker. “There was never a dull moment. There was always something that was happening — just constant laughter,” Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante said. “Even when people would meet him for the first time, he would make them feel like they knew him forever. He would make sure that the experience was a memorable one.” Read more, including remarks from ex-Metallica guitarist Jason Newsted, King’s X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick, and Vision Of Disorder guitarist Matt Baumbach, here.

Anthrax Reunion Sparked By Dimebag’s Murder

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante recently told Canada’s The Gateway that his relationship with the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was what ultimately drove him to pursue a reunion of the band’s classic ‘Among the Living’ lineup. “To be honest with you, a lot of writers ask [about that], but they always get it wrong,” explained Benante. “I got to take you back to about November last year. I saw Dime about two weeks prior to his death — we talked about so much different sh** that night and I told him about the possibility of doing a reunion. He said that he thought it was a great idea and went on and on about it, and really made me feel good about the idea. I took [what he said] in mind and it really took me along, and when he was shot, different emotions came out, but it really made me think about everybody else. Will everybody be here or be able to do this tour in five or ten years? That’s what pushed me to do this.”

Pantera Members Toast Dimebag On 39th Birthday

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that members of Pantera toasted their late guitarist, ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott, with shots of Crown Royal at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Abbott, who would have been 39 last Saturday, was killed in December when crazed fan Nathan Gale jumped onstage and shot him during a show in Columbus, Ohio. Also there was Slash from Velvet Revolver, who was downing his pizza with Jack Daniels.

Ian: Dimebag’s Murder Shouldn’t Stereotype Heavy Metal Fans

FoundryMusic.com caught up with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian for a Q&A and asked if he thought the on-stage murder of Dimebag Darrell by a crazed Pantera fan Nathan Gale has cast a negative image on heavy metal fans. “I don’t think you could take one maniac’s actions,” Ian said. “Look, yeah, of course, heavy metal fans, heavy metal music, has always been looked down upon by the general public because of the imagery, because of the way people look or dress, the music, the lyrics, the aggressiveness, the attitude. It’s not for everyone’s taste, obviously. It’s not white bread and milk. It’s a lot more aggressive than that, but I don’t think one maniac’s actions are going to cause the general public to judge now and say, ‘All heavy metal is like that, all the fans are like that.’ I don’t think you can make that statement. I don’t believe it anyway.”

The entire interview at foundrymusic.com has since been removed.