December 7, 2011

DIO DISCIPLES the new project featuring former DIO members Simon Wright (drums),Craig Goldy (guitar),Scott Warren (keyboards) and Rudy Sarzo alongside singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and Toby Jepson (LITTLE ANGELS, GUN) and KILL DEVIL HILL the band featuring Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason "Dewey" Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals will perform at he second annual Dimebash event on Wednesday, December 14 at the world-famous Key Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.

Dimebash is being held in honor of the late, great "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN),who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Fellow musicians will pay homage to one of metal's beloved fallen heroes by performing songs either written by or that were an inspiration to Dimebag.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.

The following musicians are expected to appear at this year's Dimebash:

* Robin McCauley (MSG)
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB)
* Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW)
* David Draiman (DISTURBED)
* Doug Pinnick (KING'S X)
* Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
* Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN)
* Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* Warren DeMartini (RATT)
* Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT)

Key Club
9039 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-5800

Thursday, December 14, 2011
Doors Open: 7:00 p.m.
Performances Begin: 8:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $20 and are on sale now at KeyClub.com.

When asked about the success of last year's Dimebash, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney said in a 2010 interview, "It was amazing I mean, overwhelmingly amazing. It sold out in ten days. When we put the tickets up [for sale], we didn't even have a lineup, so it was kind of scary putting it together. But just knowing that everybody would come together in [Dimebag's] honor was enough... I think people want it, people wanna remember . . . I mean, it was a day and a half, or two days before [this year's Dimebash] that [some of the musicians taking part in the event] didn't even know what songs [they would be] playing yet. We were scrambling to get everything together. I was just amazed that within the first two days how many people committed and said, 'Yeah, I'm in.' It was amazing."

On November 5, 2010, Haney presented a donation of over ten thousand dollars raised from Dimebash 2010 to Wendy Dio in Studio City, California for the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, a charity in memory of Ronnie James Dio to help find a cure for stomach cancer, which took his life in May of 2010. In addition, a DVD of the event was shot and recorded for near-future release with proceeds from the disc's sales also going towards the fund.

Dimebash 2010 was held on October 29, 2010. The all-star lineup that shared the stage included hard rock and heavy metal titans: Lemmy of MOTRHEAD; Dave Grohl of FOO FIGHTERS; Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT and ROB ZOMBIE; Simon Wright from DIO; Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of SHINEDOWN; Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of SLAYER; Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of MACHINE HEAD; Chuck Billy from TESTAMENT; Chris Howorth and Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT; Joey Vera of ARMORED SAINT; Tony Campos of STATIC-X; Gerry Nestler of PHILM; John Boecklin of DEVILDRIVER. This sold-out night was hosted by radio/television personality Jose Mangin, a veteran of several Dimebag events.

Photo galleries from Dimebash 2010 event can be found by following the links below:

* RockConcertFotos (Rehearsals)
* RockConcertFotos (Concert + Backstage)
* JensJudas
* DirtJunior.com

Check out video footage from Dimebash 2010 at this location.

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