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PostSubject: Official DIMEBAG Biography In The Works   Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:39 pm

Former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has revealed more information about the upcoming book on his late brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which is not expected to arrive before 2010. During a recent interview with MTV's HeadbangersBlog.com, Vinnie was asked about whether there are any plans to release an official biography on Dimebag. "We've hired Nick Bowcott [ex-GRIM REAPER guitarist who also works for Marshall Amplification] from Guitar World, who covered all of Dime's guitar interviews over the years — for years and years and years — and they were really good friends," he said. "Out of all the people that we could think of, we felt like he was the perfect dude to actually write his biography, so he's in the process of doing that right now. He started on it probably four months ago, so he's probably got another year's worth of research and interviewing people and everything to really get it all together."

Vinnie Paul previously mentioned Bowcott's involvement with the upcoming book during the promotional campaign last month for "He Came To Rock" — the newly released paperback photo book/DVD on Dimebag.

HeadbangersBlog.com's entire 34-minute interview with Vinnie Paul can be streamed below.

As previously reported, Da Capo Press has set an April 6, 2009 release date for a 288-page paperback book from Zac Crain entitled "Black Tooth Grin: The High Life, Good Times, and Tragic End of 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott".

According to the book's official description, "'Black Tooth Grin' is the first biography of 'Dimebag' Darrell, the Texas-bred guitarist of the heavy metal band PANTERA, who, along with three audience members, was murdered on stage by a deranged fan in 2004 — twenty-four years to the day after John Lennon met a similar fate. Darrell Abbott began as a teenage guitar prodigy, inspired by KISS and winning local talent contests. With his brother, drummer Vinnie Abbott, PANTERA was formed, and it became one of the most popular and influential metal bands of the '90s, selling tens of millions of albums such as 'Cowboys from Hell' and 'Vulgar Display of Power' to an intensely devoted fan base. In contrast to the band's aggressive music, 'Dime' was outgoing and gregarious, devoted to his craft, and adored by just about everyone who knew him. From PANTERA's heyday to their implosion following singer Phil Anselmo's heroin addiction, from the band DAMAGEPLAN to Darrell Abbott's tragic end, 'Black Tooth Grin' is a must for anyone who misses this guitar legend."

"Black Tooth Grin" author Zac Crain found himself at the center of controversy last year when members of Dimebag's family issued a statement in which they distanced themselves from the book, claiming that Crain "wrote nothing but negative reviews about PANTERA's music" during his tenure as music editor of the Dallas Observer.

In his Dallas Observer review of PANTERA's 1996 album "The Great Southern Trendkill", Crain wrote, "the Cowboys from Hell should stick to running low-class strip joints instead of trying to record albums that would be played in them. Fortunately, it looks like they've decided to do just that. Oh, except for that horrendous Dallas Stars theme song. But, hey, whatever keeps them from working on new material in the studio. And, yes, I'm fully aware that Vinnie Paul [PANTERA's drummer and Dimebag's brother] could kick the **** out of me."

Responding to the Dimebag family's assertion that they had not authorized nor co-operated with him on his upcoming book on Dimebag, Zac Crain told BLABBERMOUTH.NET in a June 23, 2007 e-mail, "The [statement] from the family's PR camp makes it seem like the linked paragraph was one in a stream of negative PANTERA reviews written by me. It is, in fact, the only one. And the only one that ran while I was music editor at the Dallas Observer. I didn't, and don't, much care for 'The Great Southern Trendkill'. I prefer 'Vulgar Display of Power', but I suppose everyone has their own opinion on that subject. I do, however, sincerely regret throwing The Clubhouse (Vinnie's strip club) under the bus. That place is awesome — specifically Dr. Rock — and I even wrote a cover story that was, in part, dedicated to it.

"As far as PANTERA goes, I'd say what I'm really guilty of is not writing about the band enough. I think everyone in the Dallas media was guilty of that, but that's not really an excuse. Consider 'Black Tooth Grin' a bit of an apology for that.

"When I covered Darrell's memorial service for Spin and the Observer, after talking to dozens of fans and listening to everyone onstage and off talk about him, I regretted missing out on 'the full-meal deal' of the Dime experience. Nothing I can do about that now.

"The idea for the book wasn't to cash in on a tragedy, but to do what I could, given my assignment, to let people outside of the metal/hard rock community know about him. I'm sure, outside of that world, the first that people ever heard of him was on CNN. It didn't seem right to let some moron with a gun have the last word. Which isn't to say, as some have suggested here on Blabbermouth, that I'm not also a moron. I just wanted to say that I'm a moron with my heart in the right place.

"Darrell had a great story to tell, and I spent a year doing my best to tell it. I did everything I could to involve Vinnie and Rita [Dimebag's longtime girlfriend]. They didn't want to participate, and I understand. No hard feelings on my end (as if there could be).

"As for the money, people should know that I plan on donating a percentage to the Dimebag tribute fund. I told Vinnie that at the beginning, and I'm a man of my word, whether he (or anyone) believes that or not."

"He Came To Rock" contains over 400 pictures of Dimebag along with a biography of his life written by authors Susan Doll and David Morrow ("Elvis, Forever In The Groove", "Marilyn Monroe: Her Life And Legend"). Also included are personal tributes from a number of metal's most prominent musicians, among them SLAYER's Kerry King, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde. The DVD portion of the package consists of the previously released "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have", complete with never-before-seen bonus footage.

The book was compiled by Vinnie and his father Jerry Abbott and has been in the works for more than a year. "We are very excited about this as it's a true tribute to the King himself!" Vinnie previously stated.

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was shot to death along with three others during a DAMAGEPLAN performance at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio in December 2004.

Dimebag was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk last May in a ceremony attended by 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.
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PostSubject: Re: Official DIMEBAG Biography In The Works   Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:53 am

Its about time, a documentary about Randy Rhoads is also going to be made. It was announced two years ago I think

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