Dimebash 2020 at The Observatory OC 1/16/20

Dave Grohl at Dimebash 2020. All photos by john Gilhooley for The LA Beat.

Another sold out year for Dimebash 2020, supporting Dimebagzhag Rita Haney’s charity “Ride For Dime,” founded in the name of  Dimebag Darrell Abott. The charity is continuing his legacy and supporting causes that were close to Dime, now 15 years after the family and fans lost Dime to a tragic, senseless shooting

Also honored at this year’s Dimebash was Dime’s fallen brother, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, who passed in 2018 from a heart attack at his home in Las Vegas

Hosted by Sirius XM Liquid Metal Radio’s Jose Mangin, the night gathered an array of guest stars and players together, all with stories of their times with Dime, and how he touched their lives and influenced their playingDave Grohl hosted the Backstage BBQ, and joined the band onstage for a few songs. He opted not to play a Pantera song, saying, “It’s just too hard,“ with respect to Dime’s musicianship. Other participants included female rock legend, Lita Ford, who rocked the crowd with her 1988 song, “Close my Eyes Forever, and Scott Ian of Anthrax, who lead a group of acoustic players with a touching version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

With an array of additional guest stars too long to mention, and love and respect in the air for Dime and Vinnie, the night marked another great year for the memory of both metal legends and the music they left behind.

John Gilhooley

About John Gilhooley

Photographer John Gilhooley grew up in Los Angeles in the skateboarding / surfing and music scene. His first show was The GoGo's and The Blasters at The Starwood 1980 at age 15. He formed the punk band VOA (Voice of Authority) with his friend Mike in 1982 , starting on drums, then when they couldent find a singer he jumped off the drum kit to sing and had his friend Rich play drums , who was a way better drummer anyway. Attending photo school at LATTC in Downtown LA in the mid 80's and relocating to Huntington Beach in 1988 were all part of the journey. During the 90s John worked for the celebrity photographers coming to LA from New York. He scouted locations for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and others. Portraits and live music photography are John's specialty, with over100 magazine covers to date for OC Weekly, The District, LA City Beat, Culture, and others. When not shooting photos, he still can be found Surfing and strumming guitar in his latest band, The Zero Class.
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