Dave Grohl , members of ANTHRAX , Lita Ford , CYPRESS HILL 's Sen Dog , members of IN THIS MOMENT , Chris Broderick , BMX legend Rick Thorne , and Sebastian Bach were among dozens of musicians who came together at Dimebash 2020 to pay tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , the late co-founder and guitarist of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN , in front of a sold-out house at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California on January 16. The night featured Dime 's music and some of his favorite songs performed by a rotating cast of guests that also included members of ARMORED SAINT , BAD WOLVES , BUTCHER BABIES , CROWBAR , HELLYEAH , KING'S X , KYNG , LAMB OF GOD , PRONG , SEPULTURA , STONE SOUR and more, led by musical director Nick Bowcott and stage manager Jessica Hill . Many additional musicians were also in attendance to honor Dimebag , including Mike Inez of ALICE IN CHAINS , Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of HALESTORM and Chad Kroeger of NICKELBACK .
The official video recap of this year's Dimebash can be seen below.
The all-ages event — produced by Dimebag 's longtime partner Rita Haney — also served as the unofficial kick-off for the Winter NAMM show, and was hosted by metal ambassadors Jose Mangin ( Affliction , SiriusXM ) and Riki Rachtman (former MTV "Headbangers Ball" host, Cathouse founder), and opened with the homegrown Texas sounds of WHISKEYDICK .
After the show, artists and VIPs enjoyed a backstage party with tunes spun by KNAC 's DJ Will and barbecue from pitmaster Dave Grohl and his BackBeat BBQ . In an interview with the Orange County Register (January 17, 2020), Dave Grohl said: "You share food, you share music, you share laughs and… it's so exciting and an honor to celebrate Dimebag ."
The all-star performance featured over 30 songs, including PANTERA classics such as "Mouth For War" , "F*cking Hostile" , "I'm Broken" , "Cowboys From Hell" , "Cemetery Gates" and "Walk" , along with various rock and metal classics such as "Ace Of Spades" , "Sweating Bullets" and "Balls To The Wall" .
Other highlights of the night included Dave Grohl joining 10 other drummers for SEPULTURA 's "Roots Bloody Roots" , with SEPULTURA 's Derrick Green on vocals; Lita Ford and her band playing "Gotta Let Go" and "Close My Eyes Forever" ; Sebastian Bach belting out "Cemetery Gates" ; Nick Bowcott 's opening guitar medley of Dimebag songs, the BUTCHER BABIES version of PANTERA 's "F*cking Hostile" ; and Scott Ian (on acoustic guitar), his wife Pearl Aday and outlaw country music star Cody Jinks performing the PINK FLOYD classic "Wish You Were Here" .
Towards the end of the night, Dave Grohl took the stage to sing the FOO FIGHTERS ' "Weenie Beenie" , with Scott Ian and his young son Revel on guitar, Frank Bello on bass and Charlie Benante on drums. Dimebash wrapped up with all 70+ music artists coming to the stage to honor Dimebag and his brother, late PANTERA , DAMAGEPLAN and HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul , with PANTERA 's "Walk" .
Event producer and Dimebag 's longtime partner Rita Haney told Kelli Skye Fadroski of the Orange County Register : "It's hard to express my gratitude to everyone who still loves him [ Abbott ]. If you could put into words the smile that's on my face and this feeling that I have bubbling up inside right now, it's that. It doesn't matter who you are, whether you're in a band just starting out or a band that sells out Wembley Stadium, everyone wants to come together, hang out, eat some barbecue and laugh."
Various items were raffled off for charity during Dimebash , including a one-of-a-kind Ronz World hand painted guitar featuring Dimebag 's likeness. Ronz World also surprised Dave Grohl with a unique BackBeat BBQ guitar, created specially for him. Proceeds from the event will benefit music education and animal rescues.
Photo by Stephanie Cabral