Dimebash 2016 was a show of epic proportions, bringing together metal and hard rocks legends to raise funds for Dioâ€™s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
NAMM week brings a lotÂ of amazing shows to Southern California, but perhaps the biggest event of the week was the Monster Energy sponsored Ride For Dime Dimebash 2016, theÂ annual celebration of the life of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was tragically killed on stage in 2004.
While no guests were mentioned by name, attendees were promised performances by members of Pantera, Slayer, Alice in Chains, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Type O Negative, Danzig, Machine Head, Stone Sour, Kingâ€™s X, Devil Driver, Prong, Kyng, and Armored Saint in the intimate confines of Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood.
The event began with sets from Mothership and Revolution Mother.
Dimebash began in earnest with “Revolution is My Name” from KyngÂ and the crowd went off,Â shoving towards the barricade and starting random circle pits in the already overcrowded club throughout the night. Some of the early highlights included Courtney Cox and Kirsten Rosenberg from the Iron Maidens doing… Iron Maiden; Dewey Bragg from Kill Devil Hill with Courtney Cox and MikeÂ Orlando on “Cemetery Gates;” Ira Black (complete with pink beard in honor of Dimebag,) Nik Kia, Jared MacEachern, and Nick Bowcott on Kissâ€™ “Deuce;” Prongâ€™s Tommy Victor on Kissâ€™ “Parasite;” Doug (dUg) Pinnick on “Purple Haze;” and Mothership returning to the stage for “Snortinâ€™ Whiskey, Drinkinâ€™ Cocaine.”
The show hit the next level when Zakk Wylde took the stage with just a piano for a gorgeous and moving performance of “In This River.”
Machine Head took the stage for “Darkness Within” and Robb Flynn was joined by Roy Mayorga from Stone Sour and surprise guest Dave Grohl, who was filling in for an emergency absence from Jerry Cantrell, onÂ Pink Floydâ€™s “Wish You Were Here.”
The evening ended with a performance of Panteraâ€™s “Walk,” featuring Panteraâ€™s Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown alongside Slayerâ€™s Gary Holt, Dave Grohl, Robb Flynn, Phil Demmel, Jared MacEachern and Roy Mayorga. Finally, Anselmo joined up with Grohl, Metallicaâ€™s Robert Trujillo, and Dave Lombardo for a face-melting version of “Ace of Spades.”
Proceeds from Dimebash 2016 will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.