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Download Festival Names Second Stage After Dimebag Darrell

By Newsferatu, Writer
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 @ 2:41 PM

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The Download Festival, June 8th-10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, issues the following news in a press release:

"We are proud to announce the second stage at this year’s festival will be called The Dimebag Darrell Stage. One of rock's great guitarists, Darrell was shot dead in 2004 while performing on stage. His bands Pantera, Damageplan and Rebel Meets Rebel all had great success, and festival organizers felt that this was a fitting tribute to a legendary man that has influenced and inspired many great bands.

Vinnie Paul, Dimebag's brother, and drummer in Pantera, Damageplan and Rebel Meet Rebel, said: "I am proud to announce we have the privilege of honoring my brother Dimebag Darrell by naming the Second Stage after him... This is a huge honor and I’m sure the blacktooths will be flowin'!!!!! This tribute to Dime will bring a special vibe to the Download/Donington Festival which he was part of several times and loved it... Dime's legacy continues to grow, and he lives through his music and spirit, and for the Second Stage to be named after him in association with the Download/Donington Festival, which is such a legendary event and landmark in rock history, is truly rock royalty!!!!!!! Getcha pull!!!"

Download Festival Promoter, Andy Copping pays tribute to the man himself: "Reflecting on the spirit of Download and Donington, we wanted to come up with some way of remembering Dimebag Darrell. The idea of naming a stage after him came to mind immediately. Anyone who met Dimebag, saw him play or listened to his music knows that they were in the presence of someone very unique and very special. Dimebag Darrell was one of us and if he wasn't in a band, he'd be at Download in the crowd moshing and drinking and air guitar-ing with the rest of us.....you can tell he loved what he did and it makes it all the more fitting that we can honour his memory by naming a stage at Download after him. Sadly he has gone but he will never, ever be forgotten. Dimebag Darrell - Download and Donington salute you"

Current festival line-up:

30 Seconds To Mars, Aiden, Anj, Between The Trees, Beyond All Reason, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Bloodsimple, Bowling For Soup, Bring Me The Horizon, Buckcherry, Chimaira, Devildriver, Dimmu Borgir, Dragonforce, Drive By Argument, Dream Theater, Enter Shikari, Evanescence, From Autumn To Ashes, Gallows, Hardcore Superstar, Hayseed Dixie, Hinder, Hellyeah!, I Was A Cub Scout, Iron Maiden (June 10th Headliner), Job For A Cowboy, Kids In Glass Houses, Killswitch Engage, Korn, Lamb Of God, Lez Zeppelin, Linkin Park (June 9th Headliner), Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, My Chemical Romance (June 8th Headliner), Necro, Papa Roach, Porcupine Tree, Reel Big Fish, Reuben, Shadows Fall, Slayer, Stone Sour, Suicidal Tendencies, This Et Al, Turbonegro, Turisas, Unearth, Velvet Revolver, Within Temptation and Wolfmother.

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