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Dimebag Honoured


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Late rocker 'DIMEBAG' Darrell Abbott is to be honoured with a star on Hard Rock Cafe's Walk of Fame in Dallas, Texas.
The former Pantera star was gunned down while on stage with his band DAMAGEPLAN in December 2004 during a performance in Columbus, Ohio. Gunman Nathan Gale shot Abbott five times and killed three other people.
The posthumous ceremony will be held on Thursday (09NOV06) with the honour to be accepted by Abbott's brother, Pantera drummer VINNIE PAUL, and lifelong partner RITA HANEY.

Tweedy Punches Stage Invader Mid-gig


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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was forced to punch a fan who stormed the stage during a Springfield, Missouri gig on Monday (16OCT06) night.
The THEOLOGIANS star was half an hour into the band's set at the Shrine Mosque venue when a man evaded security, ran up to the rocker and kissed him.
A fearful Tweedy, not knowing what the fan's intentions were, immediately punched him away.
Concert promoter PAT HAGIN says, "It's not a venue that does a lot of shows. They're nice people but the security was not what we would normally want to see I guess. And I'm not blaming it on them or anything.
"This guy came across the front of the stage, and I think Jeff just kind of shoved/punched, pushed him out of the way.
"If somebody jumps on stage with you, its one thing if they're off to the side or they look passive, but when they're actually attempting to make themselves part of the show, it's pretty startling. This guy (the fan) was an idiot.
"There's this video of Keith Richards taking his guitar to somebody getting on stage (in 1981), it wasn't certainly anything like that. But Tweedy certainly has a right and a need in my mind to feel safe onstage.
"It really wasn't that big of a deal. He was just trying to establish ownership of the stage. There wasn't any hard contact or anything like that.
"We got him off the stage. There was no harm done, though. No blood or anything like that."
Ex-Pantera guitarist DARRELL 'DIMEBAG' ABBOTT was gunned down while on stage with his band DAMAGEPLAN in December 2004 during a performance in Columbus, Ohio. Gunman Nathan Gale shot Abbott five times and killed three other people.

Dimebag Dramatisation Blocked By Family


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Plans to film a re-enactment of the murder of DARRELL 'DIMEBAG' ABBOTT have been blocked by the late guitarist's family.
Abbott was gunned down while on stage with his band DAMAGEPLAN on 8 December 2004 during a performance in Columbus, Ohio. Gunman Nathan Gale shot Abbott five times and killed three other people.
Showbiz TV network E! wanted to recreate the murder for upcoming show 25 MOST CHILLING HOLLYWOOD MURDERS - but Abbott's family have no intention of allowing his last moments to be revisited in a dramatisation.
A representative of the family says, "The answer is no, and on behalf of everyone that was there that night and everyone who misses him every day, you can take that no and shove it up your collective a**es."

Dimebag Officer Honoured


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America's National Rifle Association (NRA) has named the policeman who killed 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT's murderer Law Enforcement Officer Of The Year 2005.

JAMES D NIGGEMEYER stopped former Marine Nathan Gale's 8 December 2004 shooting spree at Columbus, Ohio's Alrosa Villa nightclub with a fatal shot.

Gale killed five people - including the DAMAGEPLAN guitarist - and injured several members of the band's entourage before Niggemeyer's intervention.

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Dimebag Family To Sue Nightclub


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The family of late DAMAGEPLAN rocker 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT marked the first anniversary of his murder in a Columbus, Ohio, venue by filing a lawsuit against the owners of the Alrosa Villa nightclub today (08DEC05).

Legal papers claim former Marine Nathan Gale's attack, which killed four others and injured two more, could have been avoided if the nightspot had been protected by trained security guards.

The lawsuit is seeking more than $25,000 (GBP14,000) in damages.

Abbott 'Not Killed Because Of Pantera Split'


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Rocker 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT was not killed because he split with his former band Pantera, according to American police.

The guitarist was shot dead while performing onstage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio, with new band DAMAGEPLAN last December (04) by deranged fan Nathan Gale, who also killed four gig-goers before being fatally shot by armed police.

It was initially thought Gale was enraged by a dispute between Abbott and former Pantera bandmate Phil Anselmo, which contributed to the break-up of the metal band.

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Mother Forgives Police Officer For Shooting Dimebag's Killer


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The police officer who killed Nathan Gale after he went on a killing spree at a DAMAGEPLAN concert in December (04) has been sent a forgiving letter from the dead man's mother.

JAMES NIGGEMEYER (corr) was the first officer on the scene after Columbus, Ohio police were alerted to the shooting, which left rocker `DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT and three others dead.

Six months after his heroics, Niggemeyer has told MTV NEWS that he's still shaken up by the incident, but he's being helped by kind words from the local community and ex-Marine Gale's mother.

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Dimebag Killer Fought With The Rocker Onstage In April 2004


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LATEST: The man who shot and killed rocker 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT has a history of scrapping with the late guitarist.

Nathan Gale interrupted a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Columbus, Ohio, in December (04) and fatally shot Abbott, and now local authorities have discovered the deranged fan had a previous run in with the rock star in Cincinnati, Ohio, last April (04).

Gale allegedly caused $1,800 (GBP950) in damage to lights and live equipment during a struggle with police, after he was removed from the stage at a show on 8 April (04).

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Abbot Tribute Concert To Be Held In Club


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The club where 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT was killed is to hold a memorial benefit concert to raise money for the families of the shooting victims.

ALROSA VILLA in Columbus, Ohio, will fully re-open on 14 January (05) to hold a tribute in aid of the families of 'DIMEBAG' and the three others shot dead by gunman Nathan Gale during a DAMAGEPLAN concert on 8 December (04).

The venue's owner RICK CAUTELA says, "We know it's not right to open the Alrosa without having a benefit first.

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Audience Member Tells Of Damageplan Gig Horror


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LATEST: More horrific details have emerged of the moment ex-Pantera guitarist 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL ABBOTT was shot dead onstage in Columbus, Ohio, earlier this month (08DEC04).

Local DJ SCOOP RICHARDS was in the audience at the DAMAGEPLAN concert when ex-marine Nathan Gale killed Abbott and three others. Police then shot Gale dead.

Richards tells British magazine NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS (NME), "I knew something was wrong right away. They only seemed to be playing for a few seconds when the stuff started.

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