DIMEBAG's Memorial To Feature Video Tribute, Possible Live Performances

December 13, 2004

More details have surfaced regarding Tuesday night's (Dec. 14) service in honor of the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist, who was slain onstage last week.

According to the Star-Telegram, funeral services will be private, but organizers were scurrying on Monday to work out public memorial details. Plans call for a 750-person VIP section with folding chairs, separated from the public by barriers, in the Arlington Convention Center's 30,000-square-foot Grand Hall.

Off-duty Arlington police officers will provide security during the public memorial, said event coordinator Scott Magness, and guards will use metal detectors to screen visitors.

DAMAGEPLAN manager Paul Bassman said that security will be "extremely tight."

Details regarding the hastily organized event continued to unfold throughout Monday.

Said Bassman, "They're editing videos right now to show."

No live music was planned as of Monday, but Bassman didn't rule out impromptu performances.

"All the planning is taking place minute-by-minute," said Magness. "There is a stage, but as of yet we don't know what's gonna happen on that stage."

The event is being produced by AEG Live, a promotion company that also runs Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie.

"There will be video involved," said AEG vice president Danny Eaton. "I know there's a lot of people coming in for this."

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