John 5, Duff McKagan and Ritchie Kotzen were just a few artists who came together at the Hollywood Key Club this week for the annual Dimebash, an all-star tribute to late Pantera guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, who was tragically murdered on stage in 2004.
The event also remembered metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who passed away last year.
Members of Pantera performed metal and rock classics alongside a who’s who of the music industry, including John 5, McKagan, Kotzen, Geezer Butler, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jerry Cantrell, Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian, Phil Demmel, Warren DeMartini, Ben Harper, Tom Morello and Serj Tankian.
Song choices ranged from Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and Pantera standards.
Below is video of John 5 tearing it up to Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper:”
Here, McKagen and Kotzen add their axes to an acoustic version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here:”
Proceeds benefitted the Stand Up and Shout cancer research fund, founded by Wendy Dio, the singer’s widow. Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer in May of 2010