DISTURBED Singer Reveals More Information About DIMEBAG MEMORIAL FUND Benefit Concert

January 5, 2005

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has revealed more information about the group's Feb. 23 show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom to benefit the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund.

Regarding his choice of bands for the show, Draiman told MTV.com, "We wanted anyone who was close to Dime. And it wasn't a matter of finding the biggest acts we could get. I wanted people who knew him and loved him. It just turned out that we got some of the biggest acts out there."

ANTHRAX, DROWNING POOL and SOIL will join DISTURBED onstage at the Aragon, which Draiman says will be the perfect venue to honor Dime.

"We ended up choosing the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago because that's where I had seen the best PANTERA shows," Draiman said. "That's the place that was the stereotypical metal venue. They called it the 'brawlroom.' It's just one big floor, and it's chaos. It's beautiful. And I couldn't think of doing it any other way. We could've brought the show to a bigger building, but it wouldn't have the same vibe.

"There was this story told at the funeral, regarding a guitar [that was made for] Dime, a Washburn that he only played a couple of times, made in the shape of a Crown Royal bottle," Draiman said. "Dime donated it to the Hard Rock in Orlando a few years back. That guitar is going to be flown out to Chicago for the show. And [DISTURBED guitarist] Danny [Donegan] is going to play a song with that guitar.

"We're also going to just reminisce about the kind of guy Dime was. There's going to be a video montage, and we'll all do a PANTERA and/or DAMAGEPLAN cover or two," he continued. "It's going to be a night of brotherhood and support. Instead of dwelling on the facts of his death, we're trying to focus on the way he lived."

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