We're going into 2009 hands up; getting ready for new bands, new tunes and a new year but we'll always remember rock legend, "Dimebag" Darrell. Hard rock legend "Dimebag" Derrell Abbott was shot to death along with three others during a DAMAGEPLAN performance at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio in December 2004. This was a real eye opener for the music industry and fans alike. He was a great musician and an inspiration to many.
Dimebag was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in May 2007 in a ceremony attended by Dimebag's brother Vinnie Paul, their father Jerry Abbott and Dimebag's longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney, along with members of ALICE IN CHAINS, ANTHRAX, KISS, SLAYER and Ozzy Osbourne's band.
A bronze bust of Dimebag was unveiled during the ceremony and later put on the RockWalk's posthumous inductee wall, alongside Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson.
A special one-time only all-star "Dimebag" Derrell tribute was held on August 9, 2008 at the one-day Ozzfest at Dallas' Pizza Hut Park. The tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell featured Vinnie Paul (acting as musical director and playing drums), along with an array of other well respected hard rockers, including DISTURBED's David Draiman, HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta, SLAYER's Kerry King, SOULFLY's Max Cavalera, King Diamond, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, ALICE IN CHAINS' Jerry Cantrell and METALLICA's Lars Ulrich.
Austria's Mulatschag.TV posted an eight-minute documentary on late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, featuring interview clips with members of DISTURBED, SLAYER, TRIVIUM and SOULFLY. Watch the footage below.