Dimebag Darrell

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    November 18, 2014

    15 Best Guitarists in the Phoenix Metal Scene Right Now

    The Valley of the Sun has a lot of musical talent that spans across all genres. However, when it comes to heavy metal, the desert spawns some pretty killer musicians. So we decided to take a look at some of our favorite heavy metal shredders. There's no way to really define the best guitarists -- ev ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    Judas Priests' Rob Halford on Why He Loves Phoenix

    Long before heavy metal was known for ingredients such as shredding guitars, double bass, "horns up" or black leather, the budding chefs were studying up in the 'burbs of England. Not far from Birmingham -- which eventually spawned Black Sabbath -- a young Rob Halford walked to school in Walsall on ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend, 8/22 to 8/24

    Locals shine this weekend. Wooden Indian, Playboy Manbaby, and Thin Bloods are all releasing albums, so there are plenty of ways to support local arts these next few days. We've sifted through the listings and selected five shows worthy of checking out this week. If you'd like to double-check our wo ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Memorial Today For Longtime Flotsam and Jetsam Guitar Tech Killed in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident

    The heavy metal music community is one that's pretty close. Last weekend, a well-respected veteran of the scene was killed. According to Phoenix police, on June 7 around 1:30 a.m., Chris Kutcher was driving east on Cactus Road when an intoxicated woman accelerated behind him, striking his SUV and ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Seven Charities That Show Headbangers Have The Biggest Hearts

    So I know that everyone thinks that the heavy metal lifestyle revolves around be sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- but really, that mentality is pretty cliché. Overstated. Presumptuous. Then again, I've clearly never been a rock star; but the majority of the ones I interview are more obsessed with ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    August 19, 2013

    Four Phoenix Metal Shows That Will Rock Out for Good Causes

    The only thing better than rocking out to great live metal is rocking out for a great cause. With that in mind, there are four upcoming metal shows that are celebrating metal legends and local idols that should have a spot on your concert calendar. We're talking Slash, the best of Arizona metal ba ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Why Do So Many People Hate Black Veil Brides?

    When we interviewed Black Veil Brides lead singer Andy Biersack last week, ahead of their performance at Warped Tour on Thursday, lots of fans--from in and out of town--wrote in to talk about how much they loved the band. A smaller, very vocal contingent, though, wrote in to talk about how much they ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Heavy Metal World Records: Five of the Loudest Bands Ever

    Last week at the O Music Awards, rock musician Andrew W.K. set the world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store after he spent 24 consecutive hours (from June 19-20) at his drum set. While the songwriter/instrumentalist/party connoisseur was hitting the skins, lots of other rock musicia ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    June 7, 2013

    Is The New '90s Nostalgia Good For Rock and Roll?

    We all have bands that defined our youth--that made us love music, that maybe even introduced us to a new feeling that we didn't know existed. Whether it's the psychedelic rock of the '60s, punk of the '70s, thrash of the '80s, or grunge of the '90s, every generation has its own musical roots. And ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Slayer's Jeff Hanneman and 8 Other Metallers Dead Before Their Time

    Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of cirrhosis on May 2, the same day as the Golden Gods Awards. It was devastating that on a day meant to celebrate the lives of the best musicians in metal, one of those artists was taken from the world of music. It also came as a shock. In fact, by all accounts ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Golden Gods 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out Of Interviews And Other Black Carpet Tales

    If you've been reading this whiskey-drenched, devil-horn-throwing column every week for more than a year, here's a little thank-you flashback to the beginning. In one of the first Metal Mondays installments, I talked about the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles--basically the heavy metal Gra ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Zakk Wylde Has Written a Guide to "Bringing Metal to the Children"

    When I heard Zakk Wylde was coming to town, I immediately assumed it was by way of Black Label Society. I couldn't wait to see his guitar prowess once again -- including his wonderful dedication to the pinch harmonic -- and his hits from more than two-dozen albums spanning almost 30 years. But this ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Anthrax, Marquee Theatre, 3/24/13

    Anthrax @ Marquee Theatre|3/24/13There are few things more exciting than being present for the start of a legendary thrash band's tour, when they are fresh, energetic, and have a brand-new set list. Metalheads in Tempe had that glorious opportunity Sunday night, when the Metal Alliance Tour came thr ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Unearthing Metal's Classical Roots

    I wasn't raised on Anthrax or Zeppelin, or anything between in regards to the heavy metal alphabet. No, the soundtrack of my youth was classical music. I competed in classical piano competitions for the better part of a decade, and Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Down, Marquee Theatre, 1/14/13

    Down and Warbeast @ Marquee Theatre|1/14/13So, it turns out there's a reason it's called "stoner metal." I've been to several Down shows before, but two things stuck out at me during last night's Down/Warbeast double-header at Marquee Theatre. My friend (who goes by "Iron Maiden," thank you very mu ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Black Sabbath: Music For the End of the World

    If the end of days is upon us on December 21, in five short ones we may all be in line at the pearly gates. Or at the gates of Hell. You never really can tell. If it was up to you, which would you actually choose? The question was on my brain while talking with a friend, whose birthday is actually ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    A Dimebag Darrell Playlist (Just In Time For The Holidays)

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get pumped up for the holidays, especially nowadays, when the sacred dates are saturated with commercialism, consumer greed, and an importance on tradition that, unfortunately for many, lost its spiritual meaning a long time ago. See also: Your Holiday Heavy Metal ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

    What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Is Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah and Pantera Going to Open a Strip Club in Phoenix?

    Back in 2007 when Vinnie Paul and Chad Gray announced their new band Hellyeah, fans weren't sure what to expect of group made from members of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan, and Nothingface. No doubt it was going to be heavy, but would it gear towards visual theatrics and sonic experimentation like M ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Do You Look "Metal Enough" for Metal Shows?

    See also: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and More @ Comerica Theatre See also: Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on Giving the Fans What They Want See also: The full Trespass America slideshow This weekend I attended two intense yet intriguingly different metal shows. I spent Saturda ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    In Celebration of the Best Metal Documentaries

    See also: Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show See also: The 10 Most Ridiculous Claims Made By Dave Mustaine of Megadeth See also: Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Set Free; Five Finger Death Punch Weighs InHeavy metal fans are a tenacious bunch. Plenty o ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Soulfly and Fear Factory to Play The Gathering of the Juggalos

    See also: FBI Report Officially Classifies Juggalos a Hybrid Gang; Arizona Boasts "Strong Juggalo Presence" See also: Seven Awesome Things About the Gathering of the Juggalos Last week we examined what the term "selling out" means in 2012, and concluded that it's hard for bands to make money off t ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Phoenix Needs a Heavy Metal Strip Club

    I've never been a fan of Texas, even though it's the stomping ground for a wide range of heavy acts. From the Dallas Cowboys to the phrase "everything is bigger in Texas" to George Bush, everything about the state has always had a way of agitating the hell out of me. Like, nails-on-a-chalkboard ag ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Anthrax at Marquee Theatre, 1/24/12

    Maria VassettAnthrax​Anthrax Marquee Theatre Tuesday, January 24 Everyone knows Anthrax played the Big Four in Indio, California, last year, of course. And as much as I hate to admit this out loud or on paper, I missed them, even though I was in Indio. See the full Anthrax slideshow here. ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Radio Moscow: Escaping to the Woods With Parker Griggs

    Say what you will about the changing commercial landscape of the music industry, but record labels still matter. Anyone can upload some tunes to BandCamp, but the stamp of approval from a great record label can still inspire confidence in the heart of a record browser. Labels still serve as expert c ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    December 14, 2011

    Five Holiday Gifts for Your Metal-Loving Uncle

    ​Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    September 8, 2011
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    December 9, 2009

    Winehouse Photographed with Ex, Matt and Kim Ride Bikes, Remembering Dimebag

    Electric Mustache: Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Big Pink & A Place To Bury Strangers Coming to PhxIdolator: Jamie Foxx and Justin Timberlake Have A 'Winner' In New Leaked TrackNME: Amy Winehouse photographed with Blake Fielder-Civil - Daily GossipPitchfork: Neko Case Programs Movies for Turner Class ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    The Valley's Top 10 Local Guitarists

    Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.

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    May 11, 2006

    Rebel With a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings

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    June 9, 2005

    Canonizing Carnage

    Band goes completely metal

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    January 20, 2005

    You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

    Well, you know, we all want to change careers

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    January 6, 2005
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    December 30, 2004


    In a scandal-ridden election year, the top 10 music stories were all about winning the popular vote

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    July 18, 1996

    Dark Riders

    Heavy-metal cowboys Pantera don't play none of that "hokey-pokey music"