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Ten years ago this December, a musical icon was taken from the world of heavy metal far too early.
When Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott was gunned down performing with his band Damageplan in Ohio, we didn't just lose a guitar legend. To those who knew him, he was one of the most down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky guys around. His comic relief and pranks were legendary. His generosity and dedication to fans was revered. And his passion for the music was downright contagious.
It it doesn't matter if you are a fan of Pantera or not -- there's no denying that Dime was a natural genius on the guitar. His speedy fingers, twangy blues-meets-speed metal style, and rampaging riffs. There's no doubt that his talent would've progressed much further. That's why every year around the musician's August 20 birthday, heavy metal fans all over the organize DimeFest.
Arizona's official tribute to Dimebag Darrell is at Joe's Grotto on August 23. Expect to see an array of favorite local metal bands jamming out on two different stages, playing their own music as well as Pantera favorites. The lineup includes Altered Silence, Killing Spree, She Murdered Me, Dead Swarm, Talk to Sheep, Deathgrip, Betrayal of Allies, and Twelve Gates. The event raises funds for one of Dime's favorite charities, Little Kids Rock. --Lauren Wise