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Rock groups Anthrax, Soil, Disturbed and Drowning Pool (pictured above and at left, lead guitarist C.J. Pierce) teamed up Feb. 23 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago to pay tribute to former Damageplan guitarist and founding member of Pantera Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Abbott was shot and killed during the opening moments of Damageplans first song at a concert in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 8, 2004. He was 38. Four others were also killed in the shooting, including the gunman, 25-year-old Nathan Gale.
About four months prior to his death, Abbott and his band Damageplan headlined Centre Events second Rockin Summer Free Concert Sept. 18 at Davis Park. The band was on tour promoting its album, New Found Power, which peaked at No. 38 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Other members of Damageplan included Abbotts brother and former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul; singer Patrick Lachman; and bassist Bob Zilla.
As MTV News quoted former Rob Zombie/Ozzie Osbourne bassist Rob Blasko Nicholson, many in the business viewed Abbott as a legend.