A new DVD/CD highlighting the life of Pantera / Damageplan legend Dimebag Darrell Abbott will become available this November. Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over will feature raw footage from Dime’s life along with five unreleased demo tracks.

It’s been 11 years since Dimevision Vol. 1 was released, showing the many sides of the guitarist during a time when fans were still deeply hurting over his 2004 murder. Vol. 2 will offer a similar view into Dime’s life, meticulously overseen by his longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney, and one of his closest friends, Daryl ‘Bobby Tonys’ Arnberger. Both went through hundreds of tapes to prepare Vol. 2, ending up with a total of 43 video segments to feature on the DVD.

“As we all watched, we envisioned certain segments and ideas coming to life in my head, and rather than it serving as a memorial, this second DVD is more about the vision Dime had in his head for this footage, what he actually wanted it to become,” says Arnberger. “This one is more uplifting, funny, and it stays 100% true to his idea for Dimevision.”

“He had a unique way of seeing things, and he always lived with a video camera,” adds Haney. “No matter where we went he was always capturing what was going on, and myself and others around him were filming a lot too. In putting out these videos I just want people to see the way he was, 24/7. What you saw onstage and backstage, that was how he lived.”

“There were some really touching, deep, heavy and emotional moments in the first one, where he’s talking about himself to the camera while in the shower,” continues Haney. “Filming himself like that was something he did a lot, and you’d have no clue until you’re looking through the tapes and come across them, and when you do the goosebumps crawl all over you. People that love and know Darrell are going to be touched by what he has to say, because it’s him telling you for the first time.”

According to Haney, fans may not have to wait another 11 years for Dimevision Vol. 3 to come out, as there’s plenty more to share in the future. “We hope to make [Dimevision] an annual thing. It will all depend on if the fans want it and support it!”

The five unreleased demo tracks fans will find on Dimevision Vol. 2 are “Twisted,” “Ain’t No Struggle,” “True,” “Let’s Go” and “Whisky Road.” Fans can grab Dimevision Vol. 2 at PledgeMusic in a variety of different bundles, some of which include clothes Dimebag personally wore and items the guitarist owned during his life.

Dimebag Darrell’s Life Showcased in New DVD/CD ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over’

On this date in history, 9/21/1998, I saw Aerosmith and Monster Magnet at Deer Creek. This was my 6th time seeing Aerosmith and they delivered an incredible performance like they did every time I saw them.

Monster Magnet were amazing, too…however, they were treated so rudely by the crowd, many of them so closed minded and stuck in their comfortable little box where the only music that matters is what they hear on the radio.

Consequently, I was in the minority as someone cheering as loudly as I could for Dave Wyndorf and his awesome band.  I wish people listened with their ears instead of their preconceived notions. I certainly don’t blame Aerosmith.

I saw Deftones open for KIss one time and Kiss’s audience were just obnoxiously mean to Deftones…damn it, people…the headliner will play when the opening acts are done! Give ’em a break…they’re trying really hard to give you something to accentuate your concert experience! Rant over…but try to keep an open mind. You never know what cool bands you will discover when you least expect it…everyone starts somewhere!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 9/20/1987, hair metal was inescapable, and Motley Crue & Whitesnake played a show together at Market Square Arena, in Indianapolis. I was there with 2 of my brothers who are no longer with us…Joe “Jughead” Kinney and Kent “Flounder” (later on changed to “Fish”) Hedges, but in ’87 they were quite lively and I’m sure all of us were feeling no pain! It was a killer show by both bands. Whitesnake made damn sure that the Crue would bring their “A” game in order to earn their headliner status and the Motley lads did just that. I think Tommy Lee was just beginning his never ending quest for the most over the top theatrical drum solos in rock! The levitating and spinning drum kit was a pretty revolutionary idea at that time and he won the crowd over with his play by play commentating via his headset microphone…another cutting edge development at that time. Oh yes, and I do miss the ladies of the late ’80’s with their big hair and skimpy outfits…I recall this show was quite well attended by hotties! Thank you, ladies…you rock my world!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 9/20/2009, I traveled solo to the Vogue in Broad Ripple to witness the mighty Down, along with Melvins and Weedeater! A crushingly amazing show that built in intensity with each band. I had never heard Weedeater before and I was impressed with their sound. The guy singing (although singing isn’t technically what he was doing…metalheads know what I mean!) also played bass and his bass sound was pulverizing and punishing, just the way we like it! Melvins were next and they played straight through their set with barely a pause, 2 drummers bashing away like conjoined twins who have a habit of finishing each others’ sentences. One guy would begin a drum fill and the other one would complete it, morph it into something new and bat it back. It was really crazy to watch and for a drum freak like myself, simply mesmerizing! At one point I noticed Phil Anselmo crouched down between the 2 kits and banging his head and shouting words of encouragement to the twin headed percussion behemoth. When Melvins finished their set, a whole section of the crowd got up and left. Apparently their core audience was just there for their favorite band. I can respect that, but they really missed out on a fantastic set by Down. Phil was in great voice and in a cheerful mood and it brought back memories of his prime in PanterA! The dual lead tandem of Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein was on point, delivering the thick swampy tones of doom we all craved. My only regret was that Rex Brown had left the band not too long before this show. His replacement fit right in and Down brought that Black Sabbath – Lynyrd Skynyrd evil swamp child hybrid voodoo magic!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

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On this date in history, 9/14/1984, I met a legend! I was in Los Angeles visiting a friend who lived there are that time. We went so some local country club to see B.B. King and it was my first time to witness the man and the lovely Lucille.
So many amazing memories of this show are imprinted in my consciousness…the band played a couple of songs by themselves before B.B. joined them on stage and they were fantastic. B.B.’s other guitar player was incredible, playing a very jazz influenced blues style, but once the King was up there, all attention was on him.
Most singers sing directly into the microphone, but B.B. often sang with his face about a foot away from it, and his voice just boomed out of him; that deep, rich, earthy tone that was born to sing the blues.

B.B. King – Sweet Little Angel (Live)

Then there was the tone of Lucille…oh, my my! I fell instantly in love with that sound and with the subtlety and minimalism of his playing. Every note perfectly placed, every phrase having just the right flow!
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After they were done, we stayed and got to talk briefly to B.B. and the band. I shook hands with him and told him that I play guitar and didn’t want to wash my hand until some of his tone sunk into my soul. He smiled and maybe chuckled a little. Who can say how many white boys said a variation of the same words to him throughout his career?
There was a dignity and a warmth that radiated off of B.B. King. I don’t believe he had quite attained the mythical status he achieved in the last 20 years of his life, but he was certainly on course for it, and a lot of us guitar players already knew. He was the King of the Blues and I shook his hand and made him smile. I’m smiling right now…RIP B.B. King.
Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic
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On this Date in History

On this date in history, 9/10/2006, Deer Creek hosted the Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir En Grey, 10 Years, Bury Your Dead, Deadsy, Bullets And Octane, and Walls Of Jericho.

Right away, Walls Of Jericho set the bar high, delivering a crushing opening set. Bullets And Octane were more of an old school hard rock band with a little punk spice. I enjoyed their set, too.

Deadsy featured Gregg Allman’s son, but I don’t think the offspring inherited much of the old man’s talent.

Bury Your Dead and 10 Years played good sets, but surprisingly it was the female fronted bands who got the biggest mosh pit action that day.

Walls Of Jericho were unmatched until Flyleaf took the stage, and although their music was nowhere near as fierce, the crowd had grown by their stage time, and the metal masses were hungry for action.

The pits made Flyleaf much more interesting to me than they would have been otherwise. Stone Sour, Deftones, and Korn all delivered killer sets and topped off a great day of sunshine, a little rain, and a lot of rocking!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

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