Jose Mangin and Chelsey Yeager on stage at Dimebash
It was another sold out year for Dimebash. The event hit the Observatory in Santa Ana Thursday, January 16th. The event supports Dimebagzhag Haney’s charity “Ride For Dime.” Founded in the name of Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s legacy supporting causes that were close to Dime 15 years after the family and fans lost him to a tragic and senseless shooting.
Rita Haney the Force behind Dimebash along with Nick Bowcott from Grim Reaper
Also honored at this year’s event was Dime’s fallen brother Pantera drummer, Vinnie Paul. He passed in 2018 from a heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by Sirius XM Liquid Metal Radio’s Jose Mangin introducing an array of guest stars and players all with stories of their time with Dime and how he touched their lives and influenced their playing.
Legendary Foo Fighters lead singer, Dave Grohl hosted the Backstage BBQ. Grill Master Dave also joined the band onstage for a few songs opting to not play a Pantera song saying “it’s just too hard” with respect to Dime’s musicianship. Rock Legend, Lita Ford rocked the crowd with her 1988 song “Close My Eyes Forever.” Scott Ian of Antrhax lead a group of acoustic players with a touching version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”
Scott Ian of Anthrax at Dimebash
With an array of guest stars that’s too long to mention, there were stories upon stories of great times with Dime. The narrations were filled with love, devotion and respect for Dime and Vinnie. The night marked another great year for the memory of both metal legends and the legacies they left behind.
Dime once said “lessons didn’t really work out for me, so I went to the old-school, listening to records and learning what I wanted to learn.” Only if we could all be so lucky!