Anniversary of Dimebag's Murder- No Use For A Name Star Hospitalized- Alice Scrooge Cooper- Taking Back Sunday- High Voltage Judas Priest and Dream Theater- more

12/08/2010
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The Day in Rock Digest for 12/8/10: On the sixth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Metal Underground has this positive news: As we once again mark the passing of the man born Darrell Lance Abbott, we perhaps have more reason for hope this year than in years past, as two of those who were closest to him, his longtime girlfriend Rita Haney and his front man and friend Phil Anselmo, appear to have let the wounds inflicted by the acrimonious split of Pantera and certain comments made by Anselmo, taken out of context in the metal press and circulated with tabloid sensationalism, heal this year. Though the rift between Anselmo and Dime's surviving brother Vinnie remains wide, we can be sure that Dime would enjoy seeing those who loved him most reunited in the spirit of his generous nature. In fact, it was only illness that prevented Anselmo from performing at Dimebash 2010, an all star tribute to the fallen guitar hero. In Rita's forgiveness and Phil's unwavering attempts at reconciliation, the gregarious and loving persona of Dime lives on. more

Founding Face to Face and current No Use For A Name bassist Matt Riddle has reportedly been hospitalized with severe pancreatitis. His friend and bandmate Tony Sly made an announcement through their label, Fat Wreck Chords more

Alice Cooper portrays Scrooge in a unique performance to promote his 10th Annual Christmas Pudding Concert being held on December 18th, 2010 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Event proceeds benefit Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation. Check it out here

Classic Rock's award-winning High Voltage festival will return in 2011 and today we can reveal the two main headline attractions: Judas Priest and Dream Theater. more

Taking Back Sunday have posted a new video to give fans a look behind the scenes in the studio as they record their first new album with the original lineup. Check it out here

Act As If, just put out a video for their cover of 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree'. Check it out here

Candlemass have revealed the details surrounding its forthcoming 'Doomology' Boxset. The retrospective boxset, which is set for release on December 18, 2010 more

Paul Simon has released a video for his new single "Getting Ready For Christmas Day," check it out here

Before they join Less Than Jake on tour in late January, The Dopamines will be entering the studio to record "at least 12 songs." more

Tombs has entered Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with engineer John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions In The Sky, Black Mountain, St. Vincent) to begin work on a new album. more

Against Me! have announced a Winter 2011 tour with Cheap Girls and Fences. Against Me! will continue touring into the new year alongside The Dropkick Murphys more

Overcome's new album, 'The Great Campaign of Sabotage,' is set for release on February 1st, 2011 through Facedown Records. more

"Welcome To Hell Tour" will feature Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, Veil Of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I Declare War, and the schedule is here

The Futureheads have posted a retro-styled video for their new single, "Christmas Was Better In The 80s." Check it out here

Titus Andronicus have just confirmed that they will in fact be opening up for The Pogues on their short-lived US tour in 2011 more

On this day in 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here -

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